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Brentford 0 Pompey Women 11

Blues breeze past Bees in friendly

5 November 2018

Pompey Women
Photo: Jordan Hampton

Pompey Women eased to an emphatic 11-0 victory at Brentford in a mid-season friendly.

With no competitive fixture at the weekend, they arranged for a trip to the capital to ensure the squad stayed fresh.

Rachel Panting hit four goals in the rout, while Esther Anu added a hat-trick and there was a brace each for Daisy McLachlan and Mia Adaway.

Jay Sadler called up three players from the Pompey in the Community under-16 squad for the trip to Bedfont Sports Arena, with Adaway, Ruth Topping and Abbie Riches all named on the bench.

The hosts – managed by Aldershot defender Karleigh Osborne – ply their trade four tiers below the Blues in the first division of the Greater London Women’s Football League.

And the gulf in class soon showed, as Hannah Geer’s run and low cross into the box was finished up by PANTING from close range.

It was PANTING who doubled the lead soon after, winning back possession to slot home after her original header had been saved.

Pompey continued to flourish and ANU was next to find the target, shifting the ball on to her right foot and smashing it into the bottom corner.

ANU – who signed in the summer – grabbed another just two minutes later after finding room in the area to slam a shot into the net.

PANTING was always in the action during the first half and completed her hat-trick just before the break, after latching on to Jazz Younger’s lofted pass.

Half Time: Brentford 0 Pompey 5

The visitors continued to dominate following the interval and substitute McLACHLAN curled a shot into the far corner.

Six soon became seven, with Younger meeting a corner and her strike diverted into the net by PANTING for her fourth goal of the afternoon.

ANU then completed her treble just past the hour mark, shooting across the keeper and into the net to complete another positive move.

All three of the Pompey in the Community products were given an opportunity to impress during the second half.

And it was ADAWAY who would soon find the net after McLachlan unselfishly cut the ball back for the striker.

The debutant had a second goal four minutes from the end, with ADAWAY following up to score when McLachlan’s effort was parried clear.

And McLACHLAN rounded off an enjoyable trip to the capital with the last kick of the match, catching out the keeper and finding the bottom corner with a powerful finish.

Pompey: Levett; Currie, Younger, Southgate (c), Kirby; Bradley, Rowe; Geer, May, Anu; Panting
Subs: Perkins, McLachlan, Addaway, Riches, Toppins

Next up for the Blues is a league trip the Loughborough University Stadium on Sunday (2pm kick-off) to face a Foxes side who beat Plymouth 4-0 at the weekend.

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