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Pompey Women 4 MK Dons 0

Blues win on home soil

10 March 2019

Pompey Women
Photo: Jordan Hampton

Pompey Women returned to winning ways with a convincing 4-0 victory over MK Dons at the PMC Stadium.

Katie James opened the scoring on the windy south coast, while Jade Widdows netted on her full debut before the break.

Alex Collighan came off the bench to add a third goal in the second half and Rachel Panting then wrapped things up.

Jay Sadler made two changes from the side that lost to title-chasing Coventry last time out, bringing in James and Widdows.

And the hosts were the most influential team in the opening stages, with Panting causing plenty of problems down the right.

Becki Bath, Jade Bradley and James all had chances to break the deadlock in the early exchanges of the National League contest.

It was the latter who did grab the opener on 29 minutes, as JAMES stole possession from Alice Hughes and maintained her composure to fire home.

And the advantage was soon doubled, with James involved once more by sending a pass down the left with the outside of her boot.

It sent WIDDOWS clear and the forward raced through to calmly open her Blues account with an effort that was calmly slotted into the bottom corner.

Bath had an opportunity to score again before the interval, showing persistence to win the ball back and firing in a shot that scraped past the post.

Half Time: Pompey 2 MK Dons 0

The hosts picked up where they left off following the restart and James saw a low strike saved by Sophie Shults.

Widdows was keen to add to her personal tally after being picked out by Panting on the edge of the box, but this time saw her attempt kept out by the keeper.

MK Dons were finding it hard to make an impression at the other end of the pitch, although Leah Cudone sent a volley past the post.

Alex COLLIGHAN emerged from the bench just before the hour mark and, within seconds of being introduced, connected with a low James delivery to find the net.

Pompey appealed for a penalty on several occasions throughout the encounter, but each time the referee was adamant that the challenge had been legal.

It mattered not, however, as PANTING rounded off a dominant display by converting from close range after Alex Collighan’s effort had been saved.

Caitlin Collighan joined her sister on the pitch for the closing stages and soon settled into the midfield.

She even had a shot kept out by Shults late on, with James unable to capitalise on the loose ball to give the scoreline an added gloss.

The hosts then comfortably saw out the final moments to ensure Hannah Haughton claimed a clean sheet to cap a profitable afternoon.

"We were collectively strong in defence, and attacked with quality and intent."

Jay Sadler

Blues boss Jay Sadler said: “It was a very impressive team performance. We were collectively strong in defence, and attacked with quality and intent.

“It was a much needed reaction from last weekend’s disappointment and a positive platform to build on ahead of our trip to Plymouth.”

Pompey: Haughton; Currie, Younger (C.Collighan 76), Southgate (c), Tonks; Rowe, Bradley, James; Panting, Bath (A.Collighan 59), Widdows (Perkins 69)
Subs not used: May, Albuery


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