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Ipswich 1 Pompey Women 1

Gane on target for Blues

9 January 2022

Pompey Women
Photo: Tyler Miller

Ipswich 1 Pompey Women 1

Gane on target for Blues

9 January 2022

Pompey Women fought from behind to secure an impressive draw at National League leaders Ipswich in their first fixture of 2022.

Natasha Thomas had given the high-flying hosts a first half lead in Suffolk, but Evie Gane levelled after the interval.

Jay Sadler made two changes from the side that beat London Bees on home soil just before Christmas.

Jazz Younger and Cherelle Khassal both returned to the starting line-up, with Danielle Rowe and Shannon Albuery making way.

The visitors made a bright start at the Goldstar Ground, but Rosie McDonnell could not beat Sarah Quantrill when a corner was cleared into her path.

But there was soon a chance at the other end and Hannah Haughton did well to get a hand to Thomas’ close-range effort.

Ipswich did break the deadlock midway through the first half, however, as Eloise King clipped the ball into the box for Thomas to nod home.

They might have gone further ahead before the break, but Anna Grey could only find the side netting.

And Thomas then saw her shot held by Haughton after a turnover of possession had sent the forward racing through.

Half Time: Ipswich 1 Pompey 0

The Blues tried to get back on level terms once the action restarted, but were struggling to make any inroads.

And Sadler made a double switch to try to force the issue just past the hour mark, as Hayley Bridge and Albuery were both introduced from the bench.

An equaliser did arrive soon after, with Tamsin de Bunsen’s free-kick parried by Quantrill and GANE smashing home the loose ball.

Their good work was then almost undone by a misplaced back-pass, but Haughton came to the rescue to deny Thomas.

Ipswich twice appealed for a penalty as the seconds ticked down, although the referee remained unmoved.

And the Blues had a late chance to snatch all three points, with Albuery unable to find the target after a slip from Olivia Smith.

Pompey: Haughton (c); Tonks (Bridge 62), Younger, Gane; Gotch; Quayle, F.Jones (Albuery 62), Rowbotham, McDonnell; Khassal, de Bunsen
Subs not used: Kingshott, Cleeve, Stroem

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