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Pompey Women 2 Chichester 4

Blues suffer National League Cup loss

2 September 2018

Pompey Women suffered their first defeat of the season, with a 4-2 loss to Chichester at the PMC Stadium in the determining round of the National League Cup.

It means that their opponents progress to the next stage, while the Blues will now enter the plate competition.

Jay Sadler made one change from the side that beat Gillingham the previous week, with Robyn Levett replacing Mel Burns between the sticks.

The visitors had also won their opening two league fixtures and took just 50 seconds to break down Pompey’s defence.

Chloe Melton was allowed too much space on the right and her cross found Helen Ogle, who headed past Levett.

The first half was very much a midfield battle and both teams had opportunities to add to the scoring.

Shannon Albuery, meanwhile, was the victim of a hard challenge on the edge of the box and while most of the crowd expected to see a red card, the referee only deemed it worthy of a yellow.

But the hosts were back on level on 38 minutes, as ALBUERY latched on to Daisy McLachlan’s through ball and stabbed a shot past Lauren Dolbear.

It was the away side who went in happier at the break, however, as Jade Widdows collected a cross and slotted into the bottom corner.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Chichester 2

And it was Chichester who made the brighter start to the second half, extending their advantage shortly after the restart.

Melton was causing the problems yet again, controlling a ball on the edge of the box and firing home.

They looked to have wrapped things up on 76 minutes when Melton bundled over the line following a corner, despite the goal originally appearing to have been ruled out.

The Blues did at least grab a late consolation, though, with Sarah EADON powerfully converting a corner to open her account.

Pompey: Levett; Kirby, Southgate (c), Russell, Geer (Currie 73); James, Rowe, Bradley, Perkins (Eadon 73); Albuery, McLachlan (Carter 90)
Subs not used: Younger, May


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