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Pompey Women 6 Leyton Orient 1

Blues cruise into FA Cup third round

8 December 2019

Pompey Women
Photo: Jordan Hampton

Pompey Women cruised into the third round of the FA Cup with a 6-1 rout of Leyton Orient at the PMC Stadium.

But they had to battle from behind before eventually blowing away the Londonders, who compete one level below the Blues.

Becki Bath and Tamsin de Bunsen both bagged a brace each, with defenders Laura Ingram and Jazz Younger also on target.

It was a case of déjà vu for the sides, as Pompey won by exactly the same scoreline in a League Cup meeting in October.

Jay Sadler made a single change from the side that collected three points at Cardiff in the National League a fortnight ago.

That came in the centre of defence, with Younger dropping to the bench and being replaced by Ingram.

The hosts were left stunned after falling behind on just seven minutes, as Allison McCann collected Cheryl Anderson’s pass and rounded Hannah Haughton before finding the net.

Pompey immediately looked to hit back, although were initially left frustrated in their attempts to find an equaliser.

A Charmaine True effort was saved by Latoya Smith, while Bath’s shot from the edge of the box flew narrowly wide.

But the scores were level on 28 minutes, with Rosie McDonnell picking out BATH to drill the ball into the net.

And it was BATH who was soon able to turn the tie on its head, this time being left in space on the edge of the box to smash home.

The Blues were moving quickly through the gears and almost immediately extended their advantage, as DE BUNSEN latched onto Hayley Bridge’s threaded pass and slotted past Smith.

INGRAM then added a fourth goal just before the break, reacting quickly after McDonnell’s cross had been fumbled.

Half Time: Pompey 4 Leyton Orient 1

Pompey looked to pick up from where they left off once the action restarted and True fired narrowly off target.

But DE BUNSEN did score on 66 minutes and it was a sensational effort from the striker, who lifted the ball over Smith from 35 yards.

Bath was denied a hat-trick by an acrobatic save from Smith, but the keeper could do nothing to prevent a substitute from wrapping things up late on.

Bridge sent a low cross into the box and YOUNGER finished fiercely to open her goal account for the Blues.

The clinical hosts comfortably saw out the closing stages of the contest and will now travel to Ipswich in the new year for a place in the fourth round.

Pompey: Haughton; Tonks, Ingram, Currie, McDonnell; Bradley (c), Rowe (Younger 85), Bridge; True (Adaway 71), de Bunsen (Southgate 85), Bath


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