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Pompey Women Exit League Cup

Blues beaten in south coast derby

5 February 2020

Pompey Women
Photo: Jordan Hampton

Pompey Women exited the National League Cup with a derby defeat to Southampton in the quarter-finals.

The tie was moved to Gosport’s Privett Park after being postponed at the weekend and attracted a healthy crowd, including Blues defender Christian Burgess.

But Ella Pusey’s brace before the break ensured it was the team from the west half of Hampshire that progressed.

Jay Sadler made two changes from the side that exited the FA Cup in Pompey’s last outing exactly a month ago.

Amelia Southgate returned to take the captain’s armband, while Becki Bath also started, as Jazz Younger and Mia Adaway dropped to the bench.

It was the hosts who were first to threaten, as Bath cut the ball back for Jade Bradley to fire narrowly past the post.

But instead the visitors broke the deadlock on 14 minutes, with Pusey collecting a pass from Ella Morris and slotting home.

Pompey continued to create openings, though, and Rosie Parnell did well to divert the ball behind when Charmaine True tried to convert Katie James’ pass.

Bradley then had another chance late in the first half, but this time sent her effort over the bar after being teed-up by True.

There was a goal before the interval, although it fell to Southampton, with Pusey again finding the target.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Southampton 2

Sadler made a double switch at the break, with Southgate and Bath withdrawn for Jade Widdows and Molly Clark.

And the latter sent a shot fizzing agonisingly past the post on 51 minutes after neatly turning her marker.

The Blues were certainly pushing to find a route back into the game, but were struggling to find any clear-cut chances.

That was until defender Laura Ingram hit a fierce close-range strike that smashed against the crossbar.

But it was close as Pompey came to finding a goal, as their Hampshire rivals held on to book a trip to Sunderland in the last four.

Pompey: Haughton; Tonks, Ingram, Southgate (c) (Widdows 46), Currie; Bradley, Rowe; Bridge (Younger 90), James, Bath (Clark 46); True
Subs not used: Burns, Adaway


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