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Blues Cruise Into PDFA Cup Final

Pompey beat AFC Portchester 12-0

26 May 2021

Pompey Women
Photo: Dave Haines

Pompey eased into the final of the Portsmouth Divisional FA Cup with a 12-0 victory over AFC Portchester at Westleigh Park.

They will now face Moneyfields in a repeat of last season’s showpiece contest, which the Blues won 4-1.

Jade Widdows impressed with a five-goal haul, while defender Jazz Younger came off the bench to bag a brace.

Mia Adaway also netted twice, with Kat Cunningham, Shannon Albuery and Hayley Bridge the other players to find the target.

Jay Sadler made five changes from the side that beat Southampton on penalties to lift the Hampshire Cup at the same venue the previous week.

Abi Mason, Eilidh Currie, Laura Ingram, Freya Jones and Adaway all came into the starting line-up, while Danielle Rowe was handed the captain’s armband.

There were not even two minutes on the clock when Jones when a loose ball, drove into the box and teed-up WIDDOWS to open the scoring.

Albuery then saw a couple of attempts fly narrowly off target, as the hosts looked to build on their lead.

They soon did have another goal, however, with WIDDOWS finishing at the second attempt after her initial effort had been clawed away.

Albuery then rattled the crossbar before seeing another shot diverted into the net by CUNNINGHAM, who opened her Blues account.

Rowe then found space to drive through the centre of the pitch and find WIDDOWS to coolly complete her hat-trick.

And ALBUERY got the goal her play deserved late in the first half by heading home an Ava Rowbotham cross.

Half Time: Pompey 5 AFC Portchester 0

Pompey kept their foot on the accelerator pedal once the action restarted and a Jones effort flew just over the bar.

They strengthened their lead further when WIDDOWS followed up after a Katie James delivery had been palmed away.

And WIDDOWS had a fifth goal of the evening soon after when she volleyed home a centre from Bridge.

Substitute BRIDGE then got in on the scoring act herself, finding the net from 12 yards after the ball had been squared by Albuery.

It looked like the goals had dried up, with Albuery having a shot saved, while James could not quite find the target.

But Pompey ended the contest with a flourish and YOUNGER tapped home before a powerful ADAWAY finish saw them reach double figures.

That was not the end of the action, though, and ADAWAY was able to tuck away her second goal with 10 minutes remaining.

But there was still time for YOUNGER to complete the scoring after Mason’s cross had caused problems.

Pompey: Haughton; Mason, Ingram, Currie; Adaway, Rowbotham (James 46), Rowe (c) (Younger 62), Jones, Cunningham (Bridge 46); Widdows (Tonks 62), Albuery (Rowbotham 75)
Sub not used: Bradley


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