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Pompey Women 4 MK Dons 1

Blues win opening home match

28 August 2022

Pompey Women
Photo: Jason Brown

Pompey Women 4 MK Dons 1

Blues win opening home match

28 August 2022

Pompey Women continued their bright start to the National League season with a 4-1 rout of MK Dons at Westleigh Park.

Emma Jones bagged a brace in the first home match of the campaign, while summer signings Tierney Scott and Sophie Quirk also found the target.

Jay Sadler – in his 150th match in charge of the Blues – made three changes from the side that won on the road at Ipswich the previous week.

Nicole Barrett and Taylor Macdonald were both handed their full debuts, while there was also a start for Jazz Younger.

After a slow start to the contest, the hosts enjoyed a prolific spell in the middle of the first half to stun their opponents.

The opener arrived on 22 minutes, as Quirk exchanged passes with Annie Rolf on the left before sending in a cross that JONES converted at the near post.

And the lead was almost doubled moments later, but Chloe Sansom came to the visitors’ rescue by using her feet to deny Scott.

SCOTT did not have to wait too long to get in on the act, however, finding the bottom corner after great work out wide by Quirk.

It soon got even better for the Blues, with the lively QUIRK dancing around three defenders and Sansom before slotting the ball into an empty net.

Half Time: Pompey 3 MK Dons 0

If there was any complacency in the home side, they were soon given cause to refocus when Tally Miles reduced the Dons’ deficit straight after the restart.

And Pompey got themselves back on track just before the hour mark, when JONES collected Rolf’s pass and slotted home.

Skipper Hannah Haughton then made sure they kept their three-goal lead with a fine save to deny Nicola Puddick at the near post.

Most of the action was still taking place at the other end of the pitch and Sansom kept out Dani Lane’s header from a Macdonald corner.

Jones was then denied a hat-trick by the keeper after being picked out by a superb Ava Rowbotham pass.

Not that it was all one-way traffic, though, and Haughton showed great reflexes to save a deflected Nicole Pepper effort.

The damage had already been done for MK Dons, however, and Pompey saw out the closing stages with relative ease.

Pompey: Haughton; Barrett (Wild 73), Younger, Lane, McDonnell; Macdonald, Rowbotham, Rolf (Hill 69); Scott (Adaway 73), Jones (Harney 83), Quirk (Goulden 83)

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