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Pompey Women 14 Eastleigh 0

Blues cruise through in Hampshire Cup

18 November 2018

Pompey Women
Photo: Jordan Hampton

Daisy McLachlan hit a hat-trick as Pompey Women thrashed Eastleigh 14-0 to book their place in the third round of the Hampshire Cup.

There were a total of nine different scorers at the PMC Stadium, with Rachel Panting, Jade Bradley and Sarah Eadon adding braces.

Emma-Jane May, Esther Anu, Danielle Rowe and Eilidh Currie were also on target, while an own-goal added to the rout.

The Blues have lifted the trophy in each of the past 10 seasons and won it for the 14th time back in May.

And the start of their latest defence was encouraging, with May sending a shot narrowly over the bar in the very first minute.

They were clearly in a confident mood and broke the deadlock midway through the half, as MAY latched on to Rowe’s incisive pass and slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

And the advantage was soon doubled, as McLACHLAN was played in by Panting and sent her shot into the same part of the net.

Full-back Ellie Kirby – still in search of her first competitive goal for the club – saw her fierce long-range effort cannon back off the post.

But McLACHLAN did find the target to extend the lead further on 33 minutes, finishing off a fine run with a neat finish.

All of the home players wanted to get in on the act and Carla Perkins fired wide from the edge of the box.

Half Time: Pompey 3 Eastleigh 0

Pompey’s interval lead was comfortable, if not emphatic, but they ran riot with a further 11 goals in the second half.

It was just a few seconds old when McLachlan teed-up ANU to curl a shot into the net and make it 4-0.

Then, moments after Currie had struck the crossbar, McLACHLAN completed her treble with a low strike past Eastleigh keeper Lauren Medhurst.

And five soon became six, as summer signing ROWE opened her account for the season with an effort from the edge of the area.

PANTING then got her first of the afternoon, tapping the ball over the line from close range after May had done well to keep it in play.

The goals kept flowing and CURRIE smashed the ball home on 68 minutes before Pompey’s substitutes took control.

BRADLEY had not been on the pitch for long when she rushed on to Panting’s pass and fired in a low effort.

And Pompey reached double figures with a bit of help from the visitors, as Eastleigh defender Kat LITTLEBOY turned Perkins’ cross into her own net.

They were not done yet, however, and EADON marked her return from an injury lay-off by collecting the ball from Panting and, with the help of the post, firing past Medhurst.

BRADLEY added her second goal of the contest moments later, courtesy of a perfectly-placed effort from 20 yards.

Former Durham striker EADON also had time to double her personal tally after converting a cross from Currie.

And PANTING wrapped things up from the penalty spot in stoppage-time after being brought down in the box by Littleboy.

Pompey: Levett; Kirby, Tonks, Southgate (c) (Younger 62), Currie; Rowe (Bradley 62), Perkins; Anu (Eadon 72), McLachlan, May; Panting
Subs not used: Geer, James

Next up for the Blues is a trip to Wales to take on Cardiff in the National League South next Sunday (2pm kick-off).

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