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Blues Exit Plate On Penalties

Pompey beaten by AFC Wimbledon in quarter-finals

6 February 2022

Pompey Women missed out on a place in the semi-finals of the National League Plate after losing a mammoth penalty shoot-out against AFC Wimbledon at Westleigh Park.

Ashlee Hincks and Emily Donovan had earlier given the visitors a commanding lead, only for Shannon Albuery’s late brace to send the tie into extra-time.

Anaisa Harney’s first Blues goal looked to have sent them into the last four, but Rosie Russell hit back right at the death.

Both sides struggled early in the shoot-out, although it was the Dons who eventually emerged 7-6 victors.

Jay Sadler made two changes from the side that were beaten at Oxford in the league the previous week.

New signing Annie Rolf went straight into the team, while there was also a start for Rebekah Tonks, as Evie Gane and Tamsin de Bunsen made way.

Pompey survived an early scare after being caught in possession, with Donovan firing wastefully wide.

Lauren Allen was then called into action at the other end, making saves to deny both Albuery and Cherelle Khassal.

Donovan also shot over the bar before the break, as neither side was able to forge ahead during a cagey first half.

Half Time: Pompey 0 AFC Wimbledon 0

Khassal came close to breaking the deadlock shortly after the restart, but could only find the side netting from a tight angle after rounding Allen.

Instead it was the visitors who took the lead moments later, as Hincks got on the end of a Katie Stanley delivery.

Pompey came close to finding an immediate equaliser, but Dani Lane’s header rattled the crossbar and Khassal sent the loose ball wide.

Lauren Pickett also struck the woodwork for Wimbledon and they did go further ahead when Donovoan found the target.

The Blues were heading out of the competition and their hopes looked to have been extinguished when Khassal sent a penalty over following a foul on Albuery by Kelly Highman.

But, with two minutes of normal time remaining, Danielle Rowe’s free-kick was nodded across goal by de Bunsen for ALBUERY to convert at the back post.

And ALBUERY amazingly managed to find the net again deep into stoppage-time to draw the hosts level.

After 90 Minutes: Pompey 2 AFC Wimbledon 2

Both sides had chances to go ahead in the first period of extra-time and Hannah Haughton denied Hincks with her feet before Khassal header just over.

But it was the Blues who had the advantage when HARNEY poked home following a goalmouth scramble to open her account for the club.

They almost wrapped things up in the second period, but Albuery’s attempt was palmed away by Allen and Rolf could not convert the loose ball.

A nice passing move then led to Lane squaring for de Bunsen, whose shot narrowly cleared the crossbar.

It still looked as though they had done enough to progress, though, until Russell scored with virtually the last kick of the game.

After Extra Time: Pompey 3 AFC Wimbledon 3

Penalties would be needed to separate the teams and the Dons missed their first three, with Haughton making a couple of saves.

But the Blues did not fare much better and although Albuery found the net, Harney and de Bunsen were denied by Allen and the woodwork respectively.

Wimbledon then managed to find their shooting boots and were able to convert six spot-kicks in succession.

Lane, Haughton, Rolf, Khassal and Rowe all scored for the Blues, but Jaime Gotch fired over and Hayley Bridge struck the post to end Pompey’s interest in the competition.

Pompey: Haughton; Tonks, Gotch, Rowe (c); Quayle (Bridge 69), Rolf, F.Jones (Harney 69), E.Jones (de Bunsen 81), Lane; Albuery, Khassal


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