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Kirby: Exciting Times Ahead

Defender looking forward to Coventry test

25 January 2019

Pompey Women

Ellie Kirby made her 50th appearance for Pompey Women in the victory over C&K Basildon a couple of weeks ago.

And the defender is looking forward to the coming months after the Blues fought back to beat Southampton in their last outing.

Shannon Albuery levelled the south coast derby midway through the second half, while Alex Colligan curled home the winner to secure a place in the last four of the Hampshire Cup.

Kirby – who was part of the side that lifted the trophy for the 10th time in succession last term – was pleased with the character on display.

She said: “I was very proud of how the girls reacted after half-time – we showed grit and determination, which isn’t always easy going into the break a goal down.

“The Hampshire Cup is very important and is steeped in the club’s history, so to get past Southampton and continue our run in the competition was great for us.”

"I was very proud of how the girls reacted after half-time – we showed grit and determination."

Ellie Kirby

Pompey have started the new year with three consecutive victories, beating QPR and Basildon prior to the derby success.

And Kirby believes those results will spur the side on in the weeks ahead, saying: “It’s been a great start to 2019 for us with three wins from three.

“The team have their heads held high, but at the same time we can’t rest on our laurels, as we still have plenty of football to play this season. Continuing this run is exactly what we're looking for.”

Attention now turns to Sunday’s visit to Communications Park to face title challengers Coventry United.

Kirby said: “They’re clearly a very good side and are likely to cause us a challenge. We need to focus on our strengths and how we can disrupt their league form.

“Ultimately, we want to play well and come away with three points – and that’s exactly how we approach every game.”

Pompey are next in home action when they welcome Oxford to the PMC Stadium on Sunday, February 3 (2pm kick-off). Tickets can be bought online here or at the turnstiles on the day of the game.


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