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AFC Wimbledon 2 Pompey Women 0

Blues suffer early FA Cup exit

3 December 2018

Pompey Women
Photo: Jordan Hampton

Pompey Women fell at the first hurdle in the FA Cup, as they crashed to a 2-0 defeat at AFC Wimbledon.

The hosts – who compete one level below the Blues – netted a goal in each half to book their place in the third round.

It was the Dons that applied the early pressure, with Ellie Kirby clearing one shot from the line, while another attempt was blocked by Eilidh Currie.

And Pompey were soon forced into an early change, with an awkward fall from Hannah Geer seeing her replaced by Esther Anu.

They carved open their first decent opening midway through the first half, as Alex Collighan laid the ball off for Jade Bradley to fire over.

But the deadlock was broken by Wimbledon on 28 minutes, when Caroline Bisson’s free-kick floated into the far corner.

There were half-chances for Collighan and Bradley as the Blues went in search of a reply, but they went in behind at the break.

Half Time: AFC Wimbledon 1 Pompey 0

Chanell Yardley did well to turn behind Kirby’s cross as Pompey made a bright start to the second half.

But they soon found themselves further behind, as Bisson got free down the right and crossed for the onrushing Georgia Heasman to fire home.

The Blues kept battling and a delivery from Anu was almost turned into her own net by Kelly Highman.

A header from substitute Daisy McLachlan was then held by Yardley, while Bradley fired a shot into the side netting.

Further opportunities followed for McLachlan and Katie James, but the Dons held firm to send their opponents crashing out of the cup.

Pompey: Rowlands; Currie, Tonks, Southgate (c), Kirby (Perkins 69); Bradley, Rowe; Geer (Anu 16), May (McLachlan 55), Collighan; James
Subs not used: Younger


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