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QPR 0 Pompey Women 4

Plate progress for Blues

5 December 2021

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Photo: Tyler Miller

Pompey Women eased into the third round of the National League Plate with a 4-0 victory at QPR.

Cherelle Khassal bagged a brace – with her first goal coming from the penalty spot – while Shannon Albuery and Sammy Quayle were also on target.

Jay Sadler made three changes from the side that beat Bournemouth in the FA Cup the previous week.

Rebekah Tonks, Freya Jones and Rosie McDonnell all returned to the starting line-up, with Evie Gane, Quayle and Tamsin de Bunsen making way.

And the visitors got off to a fast start, with Khassal meeting an Ava Rowbotham cross and sending a header narrowly over.

The Blues piled on the pressure, but were struggling to make the most of their dominance by creating any clear-cut chances.

They did come close to breaking the deadlock midway through the first half, however, with Jo Blodgett having to palm away a powerful strike from Danielle Rowe.

But the keeper soon conceded a penalty by dragging down Albuery, with KHASSAL stepping up to score from the spot.

Half Time: QPR 0 Pompey 1

The second half was just 24 seconds old when the advantage was doubled, as Jones threaded a pass through for ALBUERY to slot home.

Hannah Haughton was then called into action for the first time at the other end to deny Demi Edwards from close range.

Most of the action was taking place in and around the Londoners’ area, though, and Albuery could not keep her shot down after being played in by Jones.

Sadler made a triple substitution on 65 minutes and it was one of the newcomers who soon scored Pompey’s third of the afternoon.

QUAYLE swung in a cross from deep, only to see the ball evade everyone and fly straight into the net.

And Blodgett was beaten again in the closing stages after being spotted off her line by KHASSAL, who found the target with a long-range finish.

The Blues then saw out the closing stages with relative ease to comfortably progress into the next round.

Pompey: Haughton; Tonks, Gotch, Rowe (c) (Younger 65); Rowbotham (Gane 65); Bridge, F.Jones, Lane (Cleeve 73), McDonnell (Quayle 65); Albuery, Khassal

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