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Heavy Cup Defeat For Ladies

Blues crash out at Blackburn

8 January 2018

Pompey Ladies
Photo: Jordan Hampton

Pompey Ladies suffered an early exit from the Women’s FA Cup after losing 7-0 to a clinical Blackburn side in the third round.

Nadine Bazan, Katie James and Shannon Sievwright all returned to the starting line-up for the long trip north.

Along with a number of changes in personnel from the last game, there was also a switch to a 4-3-3 system.

And the game began with the travelling Blues piling on the pressure against the reigning Premier League North champions.

It took just eight minutes for them to carve out the first opening of the tie, with Sammy Quayle heading narrowly wide.

But then it was Blackburn’s time to shine and several shots in quick succession were saved by keeper Robyn Levett.

And they soon forged into a comfortable lead, courtesy of a quick-fire double from Kaylea Cunliffe and Natasha Flint.

A nice piece of passing play was then rounded off by Lagan Makin to put the hosts in a commanding position at the interval.

The goals kept coming in the second half, with Makin and Flint both finding the target once more before Levett made a double save to keep the score down.

Flint then capped a marvellous individual display by doubling her tally to four goals with a couple of cool finishes.

Pompey, to their credit, kept plugging away in the closing stages, but were unable to find a consolation.

Pompey: Levett; Peck (Widdowson 51), Southgate, Currie, Bazan (c) (McLachlan 63); James, Clark, Sievwright; Panting, Quayle, Stephens
Subs not used: Paines, Kirby, Geer

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