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Pompey Women 6 Keynsham 1

Blues run riot at Westleigh Park

5 September 2021

Pompey Women
Photo: Tyler Miller

Pompey Women returned to winning ways in style with a 6-1 thumping of Keynsham at Westleigh Park.

Cherelle Khassal bagged a brace in the National League contest, while there were also goals for Hayley Bridge, Shannon Albuery, Tamsin de Bunsen and Emma Jones.

Jay Sadler made one change from the side that drew with Oxford the previous week, as Ava Rowbotham replaced Rebekah Tonks.

Not even four minutes had passed before the deadlock was broken, as KHASSAL collected a pass from Jade Bradley before neatly tucking the ball away.

The same player then saw a shot saved after meeting a Sammy Quayle delivery, while Bridge could not quite meet an Albuery cross at the far post.

But from their very first meaningful attack of the match, Keynham found themselves level courtesy of a Kerry Bartlett finish.

Pompey did not let that faze them, however, and KHASSAL restored the lead with a fine individual effort, first lifting the ball over a defender and then doing the same to the keeper.

And BRIDGE soon opened her account for the campaign after being selflessly teed-up by Khassal as the pair bore down on goal.

There was still time for another goal just before the break, as this time Khassal picked out ALBUERY to fire home.

Half Time: Pompey 4 Keynsham 1

The second half began in quiet fashion, with the Blues probably sensing that the job had already been done.

Sadler tried to liven things up with a host of changes and one of the newcomers prevented Keynsham from finding a route back into the contest.

Tonks made a superb challenge to stop Henna Butcher in her tracks as the visitors tried to get forward.

Pompey were struggling to carve out any clear-cut openings, although a powerful shot from Jones was saved.

Mia Adaway then rattled the post after cutting inside from the left and that appeared to be that in terms of meaningful action.

The action moved through the gears in the closing stages, though, and Hannah Haughton was forced to make a fine double save.

And two of the Blues’ substitutes managed to find the target right at the death to add a gloss to the scoreline.

Jones was able to create space on the left and found DE BUNSEN, who buried a shot into the net with a confident first-time finish.

And JONES then scored herself in stoppage-time, driving forward with the ball and firing it into the bottom corner.

Pompey: Haughton; Rowe, Gotch, Gane (Tonks 60); Bradley (c); Bridge, Lane (Younger 71), Rowbotham, Quayle (Adaway 81); Khassal (E.Jones 71), Albuery (de Bunsen 71)

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