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QPR 2 Pompey Women 1

Blues end the season with a defeat

5 May 2019

Pompey Women
Photo: Jordan Hampton

Pompey Women ended the season in disappointing fashion, with a 2-1 defeat at QPR.

The result had no bearing on their final position in the National League South table, however, with eighth spot already confirmed.

Courtnay Ward-Chambers fired the hosts in front from the penalty spot midway through the first half after being brought down by Rebekah Tonks.

But the Blues were level after the break, as Jade Widdows sent a low cross towards the back post, where Alex Collighan was waiting to tap home.

Jo Wilson restored the Londoners’ advantage, however, bringing down a long ball and sliding the ball inside Mel Burns’ near post.

It looked like the visitors would have a chance to level when Collighan appeared to be brought down inside the box.

But the referee saw differently and instead brandished a second yellow card to the winger, leaving Pompey to play the closing moments with 10 players.

Blues boss Jay Sadler said: “We were disappointing in long periods and not good enough in possession, while also unlucky at times.

“We had chances in the first half, but nothing clear-cut and the penalty allowed QPR to take advantage.

"We were frustrated not to get something right at the end. Alex was clearly fouled, but the referee sent her off for diving."

Jay Sadler

“It was better after the break, though, and we dominated possession to pin them right back in their own half.

“Their keeper made a couple of good saves to deny Jade and Katie James, so there were opportunities to get back into it.

“It was certainly a feisty affair and plenty of yellow cards were shown – it wasn’t your typical end of season contest.

“But we were frustrated not to get something right at the end. Alex was clearly fouled, but the referee sent her off for diving.

“It’s our third league defeat in a row and disappointing to end the season like that after our previous good form.

“The points tally between us and the sides higher in the table is bigger than we would have hoped for.

“But it’s been a productive campaign off the pitch and we’ll need more consistency on it next season if we want to push on.”

Pompey: Burns; Kirby, Younger, Currie, Tonks; Rowe, May (James 80); A.Collighan, Bradley (c), Bath (Perkins 61); Widdows
Subs not used: Haughton, Southgate

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