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Ladies Lift Hampshire Cup

Blues thrash Southampton to retain the trophy

11 May 2018

Pompey Ladies

Pompey Ladies thrashed Southampton 5-0 to lift the Hampshire Cup for a 10th successive season.

They dominated right from kick-off at Alton’s Anstey Park and carved out several decent openings in the early stages.

So it came as no surprise when the deadlock was broken on 26 minutes, with Shannon Albuery quickest to react when Sammy Quayle’s initial effort was blocked.

Daisy McLachlan then doubled the advantage from the penalty spot after Rachel Panting was brought down in the box.

There was still time for a third goal before the break, as Panting cut the ball back for Albuery to smash into the net.

And Albuery completed her hat-trick early in the second half, showing a clinical edge by slotting home from close range.

Panting then wrapped things up by following up to find the target after Shannon Sievwright’s free-kick had been parried clear.

Blues boss Jay Sadler told the club’s official YouTube channel: “We were thoroughly dominant and all the girls were excellent – it was a superb team performance.

“We got the ball down and played some great football, especially in the second half. We found pockets of space and nullified any attacking threat they had.

"It does also make it that beat sweeter to beat a Southampton side."

Jay Sadler

“It was a fantastic occasion for Shannon to score a hat-trick, but they all played really well. I could name the whole squad.

“You’ve got to wear the Pompey shirt with pride and we did that. It does also make it that beat sweeter to beat a Southampton side.

“We’ve been the pride of Hampshire for the past 10 years and hopefully we can take this result into our final game of the season at Fratton Park on Sunday.”

Pompey: Levett; Kirby, Simmons (Perkins 59), Southgate, Peck; Sievwright (Currie 80); Panting, Albuery, Boswell (c), McLachlan (May 68); Quayle
Sub not used: Geer


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