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Oxford 3 Pompey Women 1

Khassal on target in Blues defeat

30 January 2022

Pompey Women
Photo: Tyler Miller

A Cherelle Khassal strike was not enough to stop Pompey Women slipping to defeat in their latest National League contest at Oxford.

Goals from Daisy McLachlan, Lauren Haynes and Beth Lumsden ensured it was the title-chasing hosts who claimed all three points.

Jay Sadler made two changes from the side that saw off Moneyfields to reach the Hampshire Cup final the previous week.

Freya Jones and Emma Jones both returned to the starting-line, while new loan signing Anaisa Harney was named on the bench.

The Blues were dealt a blow in the opening few minutes, as Tamsin de Bunsen went off injured, with Rebekah Tonks on to replace her.

And United broke the deadlock soon after, as a flowing team move ended with McLachlan sweeping home a Carly Johns delivery.

They almost extended their advantage, only for Hannah Haughton to brilliantly turn Riva Casley’s header against the bar from point-blank range.

But a second Oxford goal did arrive midway through the first half, with Haynes steering the ball into the net after Lumsden’s free-kick had been deflected into her path.

Lumsden almost grabbed a goal of her own before the break and Haughton again came to the rescue with a smart save.

There was still time for the visitors to get back into the contest prior to the whistle being blown, however.

Shannon Albuery was fouled inside the box by Rose Kite and the referee had no choice but to point to the spot.

KHASSAL stepped up to take the penalty and although Kite initially redeemed herself by making the save, the striker tucked away the loose ball.

Half Time: Oxford 2 Pompey 1

Pompey emerged for the second half looking like a rejuvenated side and set about trying to find an equaliser.

They soon had a chance when Emma Jones lifted a dangerous ball towards the back post, where Sammy Quayle could not quite make a connection.

But Oxford had a chance of their own on the hour mark and Haughton was again at her to best to deny Sophie Baker.

The Blues kept pushing forward and a cross from Quayle on the right was just out of reach for Khassal.

Harney was then brought on for her debut in an attempt to add some fresh attacking impetus to the side.

But Oxford put the result beyond doubt late on, courtesy of a clinical Lumsden finish following good work from Lily Stevens.

Pompey: Haughton; Rowe (c), Gotch, Gane; Quayle, Lane, F.Jones, E.Jones (Harney 76); de Bunsen (Tonks 5); Albuery, Khassal
Subs not used: Stroem, Younger


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