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Ipswich 0 Pompey Women 3

Blues start the season with a win

21 August 2022

Pompey Women

Ipswich 0 Pompey Women 3

Blues start the season with a win

21 August 2022

Pompey Women got the new National League campaign off to an excellent start with a comfortable 3-0 win at Ipswich.

Sophie Quirk struck twice on her debut to add to Dani Lane’s opener against last season’s title challengers.

Jay Sadler also handed Blues bows to defenders Ella Wild and Izzy Collins, as well as forward Tierney Scott.

It was almost a dream start, as Quirk collected a neat pass from Annie Rolf and hit a first-time effort into the side netting.

There were not an abundance of clear-cut chances at either end of the pitch in the opening stages, however, with much of the action confined to the middle of the pitch.

Skipper Danielle Rowe tried to liven up proceedings with a deep cross that was met by Lane, whose header was turned behind by Sarah Quantrill.

There was soon a let-off at the other end, though, as Summer Hughes embarked on a mazy run before finding Maddie Biggs, who could not force her shot through a sea of bodies.

Instead it was Pompey that broke the deadlock late in the first half, with LANE nodding home Rowe’s corner at the back post.

It might have got better before the break, but Quirk angled a shot narrowly over after swapping passes with Emma Jones.

Half Time: Ipswich 0 Pompey 1

A quick break created another opening for the visitors when the action restart, although Jones could not get enough power on her effort following good work from Scott.

But the lead was doubled just past the hour mark, as QUIRK found a path through the opposition side before firing into the net from the edge of the box.

And they went close again moments later, with Rowe’s effort from a Jones corner being clawed off the line by Quantrill.

The Blues did not have to wait long to find a third goal, though, as another Jones set-piece led to a scramble in the box and QUIRK found the target with a neat back-heel.

That was enough to deflate the home side, who were unable to test Hannah Haughton in their search for at least a consolation.

And Sadler was able to make some late substitutions to see out the closing stages before a deserved three-point haul was confirmed.

Pompey: Haughton; Wild (Barrett 80), Rowe (c), Collins, McDonnell; Lane, Rowbotham (Hill 90+3), Rolf; Scott (Adaway 54), Jones (Younger 90+3), Quirk (Macdonald 90)

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