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Poole Town 0 Pompey Women 9

Blues cruise through in National League Plate

30 September 2018

Pompey Women
Photo: Jordan Hampton

Pompey Women eased into the second round of the National League Plate with a 9-0 rout of Poole.

Carla Perkins and Rachel Panting both hit hat-tricks, with Katie James, Eilidh Currie and Hannah Geer also on target at the Dorset FA County Ground.

The sides met previously in pre-season and the Blues knew exactly what to expect having fired in eight unanswered goals on that occasion.

And the away side came tearing quickly from the blocks, taking just eight minutes to break the deadlock.

A deflected effort led to a corner and Currie’s cross could only be cleared to the edge of the area, where JAMES was on hand to smash a volley into the back of the net.

The lead was soon doubled, as PERKINS received the ball just outside the box and fired a shot past Samantha Chrippes.

PERKINS had her second of the afternoon – and Pompey’s third – moments later, finding the target with a side-footed effort following EJ May’s drive and cut-back.

It was a dominant display from the Blues, who strengthened their advantage on 26 minutes, as defender CURRIE opened her account for the season with a free-kick from wide on the left.

The visitors were totally on top and debutant goalkeeper Jaime Rowlands was surplus to requirements.

Half Time: Poole 0 Pompey 4

If Poole were hoping for a change in fortunes after the interval, then they were in for a disappointment.

The second half was just three minutes old when PANTING got in on the act with a fine strike from just inside the area.

She was soon joined by GEER, who latched on to a pass from May and poked the ball past the helpless Chrippes to make it 6-0.

Pompey’s relentless display continued as PERKINS completed her hat-trick from the spot just before the hour mark after Becca Witherington was adjudged to have fouled May.

It was not over yet, however, and PANTING met a low cross from James with a shot that hit the roof of the net.

And it was PANTING who completed both her treble and a comprehensive victory for the Blues on 79 minutes.

Substitute Daisy McLachlan freed Ellie Kirby down the right and she cut the ball back for the striker to find the bottom corner.

Pompey kept pushing right up until the final whistle and McLachlan might have got a goal of her own at the death, only to see her effort curl narrowly past the post.

Pompey: Rowlands; Tonks (Southgate 68), Younger, Currie, Kirby; Geer, James, Perkins, Rowe (McLachlan 77); May, Panting (c)
Sub not used: Bradley

Next up for Pompey is a return to the PMC Stadium to face Plymouth in the league next Sunday (2pm kick-off). Tickets are priced £4 for adults and £2 for concessions (63+/U18).

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