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Pompey Women Win PDFA Cup

Blues thrash Horndean 15-0 in the final

18 April 2019

Pompey Women
Photo: Jordan Hampton

Pompey Women Win PDFA Cup

Blues thrash Horndean 15-0 in the final

18 April 2019

Pompey Women lifted the Portsmouth District FA Cup with a 15-0 rout of Horndean at the PMC Stadium.

Alex Collighan scored five times in the contest – including three in the final eight minutes – while Jade Widdows added another four.

Katie James chipped in with a brace, with Caitlin Collighan, Emma-Jane May, Shannon Albuery and an own-goal completing an incredible evening for the Blues.

There were five changes from the side that were narrowly beaten at Oxford in the league at the weekend.

Mel Burns returned between the sticks, while Jazz Younger, Carla Perkins, Caitlin Collighan and May also started.

Despite the feast of goals, Horndean actually kept their opponents at bay until midway through the first half.

There were plenty of chances, but Pompey were struggling to put their shots on target in the opening stages.

The deadlock was finally broken on 23 minutes, as Alex Collighan delivered a cross from the right and JAMES arrived to head home.

James then turned provider, getting into the box and seeing her centre turned into the net by a Horndean defender.

A third goal soon followed, with May the player to provide the delivery on this occasion and WIDDOWS guiding the ball home.

And JAMES soon had her second of the evening, cutting inside from the left and smashing the ball past the keeper.

There was still time for the advantage to be extended before the break and Alex COLLIGHAN joined the scoring party, collecting James’ pass and slotting into the bottom corner.

Half Time: Horndean 0 Pompey 5

Pompey had been prolific in the first half, but it was nothing compared to what happened following the restart.

WIDDOWS surged into the box and calmly finished, then completed her hat-trick just a minute later.

This time the Horndean keeper was caught off her line and WIDDOWS took full advantage to make it 7-0.

The goals kept coming and Caitlin COLLIGHAN got in on the act, firing the ball home just before the hour mark.

MAY was next to find the target after converting a cross from James, while Alex COLLIGHAN then curled home another to ensure the Blues reached double figures.

But they were not done yet and WIDDOWS grabbed her fourth with a low strike, while substitute ALBUERY slotted into the net from the edge of the box.

Alex COLLIGHAN then wrapped things with a clinical display in the closing stages, first completing her treble with a deflected strike.

She soon tapped home the 14th goal before finally completing the scoring following a defensive error in stoppage-time.

Blues boss Jay Sadler said: “It was a thoroughly professional performance from us to secure another cup final victory.

“Huge credit must go to Horndean for battling right up until the end – they were a credit to their club.”

Pompey: Burns; Rowe, Younger, Southgate (c) (Kirby 57), Tonks (Bradley 46); Perkins, May; C.Collighan, James (Albuery 68), A.Collighan; Widdows
Subs not used: Haughton, Currie

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