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Coventry 4 Pompey Women 0

Blues suffer defeat on the road

3 March 2019

Pompey Women

Pompey Women fell to a 4-0 defeat against title-chasing Coventry United at Communications Park.

The high-flying hosts netted twice in each half, courtesy of Amy Wathan’s brace and goals from Shannon O’Brien and Lois Jeffries.

Jay Sadler made three changes from the side that secured a place in the final of the PDFA Cup at Moneyfields the previous week.

Becki Bath, Danielle Rowe and skipper Amelia Southgate all returned to the team for the trip to the midlands.

But the Blues soon fell behind as a cross from the right was converted by Wathan with just three minutes on the clock.

The visitors were then forced to deal with a corner moments later and Eilidh Currie was well-placed to clear from the line.

They grew into the game after their early setback and an effort from Carla Perkins was blocked midway through the half.

Their main source of attacking threat throughout the opening period was down the right, as Rachel Panting looked to get forward.

The winger almost picked out Shannon Albuery at the far post, but Coventry keeper Sue Wood managed to claim the ball.

Despite their improvement, the home side managed to double their advantage just before the interval, as O’Brien poked home after Amber Hughes had darted into the box.

Half time: Coventry 2 Pompey 0

Jade Widdows – a recent signing from Chichester – was introduced for Perkins after the break to make her Blues bow.

And when the forward received a delivery from Bath inside the area, she turned and saw her attempt blocked.

But Coventry added a third goal within 10 minutes of the restart, although Wathan needed two attempts to beat Hannah Haughton following a delivery from Beth Merrick.

And they soon found the back of the net again to wrap things up, with Jeffries nodding another Merrick cross home from close range after an initial shot had come back off the bar.

Pompey had opportunities of their own to hit the target, although Chenise Austin got in the way of Albuery’s effort.

It was Widdows who came closest to grabbing a consolation after striding into the box and seeing her strike bounce back off the woodwork.

Pompey: Haughton; Currie (Kirby 60), Younger, Southgate (c), Tonks; Bradley, Rowe, Perkins (Widdows 46); Panting, Albuery, Bath (James 72)
Subs not used: A.Collighan, C.Collighan


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