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Pompey Women Win Hampshire Cup

Blues beat Southampton to lift the trophy

4 April 2019

Pompey Women
Photo: Jordan Hampton

Pompey Women Win Hampshire Cup

Blues beat Southampton to lift the trophy

4 April 2019

Pompey Women beat Southampton 3-1 to lift the Hampshire Cup for an 11th successive season.

Danielle Rowe, Jade Bradley and Shannon Albuery were all on target for the Blues at the Testwood Stadium.

Jay Sadler made three changes from the side that beat Loughborough in the league a few days earlier, with Mel Burns, Jazz Younger and Carla Perkins all returning.

There were half-chances for Rachel Panting and Eilidh Currie in the early stages, as the Blues made a positive start to the contest.

And they broke the deadlock on 15 minutes when a Bradley corner was only cleared as far as ROWE, who drilled home from the edge of the box.

The lead was doubled moments later, as Issy Foster parried a shot into the path of ALBUERY and the striker tapped the ball into the net.

Foster was trying her best to limit the damage for Southampton and made saves to deny Katie James and Panting.

But a third goal did arrive before the break, as Pompey launched a quick counter-attack and BRADLEY emphatically finished from long-range.

Half Time: Southampton 0 Pompey 3

The Blues looked to add to their tally once the action restarted and an effort from Panting flew agonisingly past the post.

Panting was then denied by Foster, as her side continued to dominate in front of a crowd of 577 – a record for the Hampshire Cup final.

Southampton were given hope on 68 minutes, when a rocket from substitute Nat Bavister flew into the top corner.

They then ensured it was a family affair by introducing Kayleigh Tonks – sister of Blues defender Bekah – from the bench.

Pompey comfortably saw out the closing stages and might have even scored again themselves, but Panting’s strike narrowly cleared the crossbar.

Pompey: Burns; Currie, Younger, Southgate (c), Tonks; Rowe, Perkins (Kirby 79); Panting, Bradley, James; Albuery (May 87)

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