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Pompey Women 5 Crystal Palace 1

Blues victorious in final pre-season friendly

11 August 2019

Pompey Women
Photo: Jordan Hampton

Pompey Women thrashed Championship side Crystal Palace 5-1 in their final friendly test before the National League campaign begins next week.

Eilidh Currie, Becki Bath, Roxy Lee-Stewart, Tamsin de Bunsen and Katie James all found the target to ensure a positive end to pre-season at the PMC Stadium.

The hosts came charging out of the blocks and managed to break the deadlock inside the opening four minutes.

Jade Widdows laid the ball off to CURRIE, who launched a fierce long-range effort that flew into the net.

The first half flowed by, with plenty of chances for both sides and Ashlee Hincks saw a few efforts fly wide for the Eagles.

And the visitors did find the target just before the interval, although a flag had already been raised because of a foul in the build-up.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Crystal Palace 0

Palace soon found themselves level after the restart, however, as Megan Chandler’s delivery was headed home by Ciara Watling.

Hannah Houghton then prevented Pompey from falling behind, with a smart stop to deny Cherelle Khassal from a few yards out.

Instead, the Blues managed to retake the lead just before the hour mark, with BATH confidently rounding the keeper and tucking the ball into an empty net.

Several changes were made during the second half, with Jade Bradley, Rebekah Tonks and Charmaine True among those introduced.

It did not affect the pace of the encounter, though, and the hosts soon found themselves further ahead.

Bradley chipped a cross into the box and it was converted by a powerful header from summer signing LEE-STEWART.

DE BUNSEN came off the bench for the Blues and she soon got in on the scoring act, much to the delight of 159 watching fans.

The former Reading forward turned her marker and found the bottom corner with an accurate finish.

All three Pompey in the Community under-16 graduates came on for the closing stages to gain some welcome experience.

And an emphatic victory was complete when True was brought down inside the box and JAMES fired home from the spot.

Pompey: Haughton; Ingram (Clark 90), Younger (Woodard 90), Southgate (c), Currie (Tonks 57); Lee-Stewart (Topping 88), Rowe, James (True 57); Bridge (Bradley 57), Widdows (James 80), Bath (de Bunsen 69)

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