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Ipswich 1 Pompey Women 0

Blues exit FA Cup in the third round

5 January 2020

Pompey Women

Pompey Women exited the FA Cup after suffering a narrow third round defeat to Ipswich in Felixstowe.

The only goal of the contest arrived late in the first half, with Paige Peake’s free-kick enough to secure progress for the National League Division One South East leaders.

Jay Sadler made three changes from the side that beat Crawley in the League Cup just before Christmas.

Mia Adaway was handed a full Pompey debut in the forward line, while there were also starts for Katie James following suspension and Jazz Younger.

There was a slow start to the tie, with neither side able to create any clear-cut openings in the early stages.

Blues skipper Jade Bradley fired wide following a period of neat play, but the goalkeepers were enjoying a quiet afternoon.

Danielle Rowe’s effort was then comfortably dealt with by Nikita Runnacles, as half-chances proved to be the order of the day.

So it was not exactly expected when the Tractor Girls broke the deadlock on 37 minutes, courtesy of a wide free-kick from Peake that sneaked into the bottom corner.

But Pompey almost found an equaliser seconds before the interval, as a looping shot from Charmaine True rattled the crossbar.

Half Time: Ipswich 1 Pompey 0

The visitors set about trying to get back on level terms once the action restarted, although it was Ipswich who were first to threaten.

Sophie Peskett surged into the box and tried to slot the ball into the net, only to be denied by a superb Hannah Haughton save.

Substitute Maddie Biggs then collected Natasha Thomas’ pass and rounded the keeper, but Rebekah Tonks was well-placed to clear from the line.

Sadler used all three of his substitutions in an attempt to turn the contest around, as Molly Clark, Amelia Southgate and Tamsin de Bunsen were all introduced.

But it was Eilidh Currie who had a chance to score late on, only to have the ball stolen from her feet just as she shaped to shoot.

Pompey applied plenty of pressure as the seconds ticked down, but the hosts held on to secure safe passage to the fourth round for the first time in their history.

Pompey: Haughton; Tonks, Ingram, Younger, Currie; Bradley (c), Rowe, James (de Bunsen 77); Bridge (Southgate 75), True, Adaway (Clark 61)
Sub not used: Burns


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