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Hampshire Cup Final Preview: Pompey Women v AFC Bournemouth

Blues meet Cherries at Silverlake Stadium

28 March 2022

Pompey Women will be hoping to lift some silverware when they take on AFC Bournemouth at the Silverlake Stadium this evening (7.45pm kick-off).

The Blues beat Moneyfields in the semi-finals to get to this stage of the competition, with Tamsin de Bunsen and Dani Lane on the scoresheet in a 2-1 victory.

Pompey have already played Bournemouth this season, with the two sides meeting at Westleigh Park in the second round of the FA Cup.

Shannon Albuery’s header got the home side off to an excellent start, only for Lucy Cooper to draw the visitors level.

But Evie Gane struck for the Blues just before the break and they saw out the second half in relatively comfortable fashion.

The Blues are looking to make it 13 consecutive Hampshire Cup final victories after beating Southampton last year.

A Jade Bradley free-kick had given them an early advantage at Westleigh Park, only for their rivals to hit back through Rachel Panting.

Hannah Haughton had already made some crucial stops, but produced a couple more from 12 yards to ensure Pompey would claim the silverware for the 12th time in a row.

Jay Sadler will be without several members of his squad due to Hampshire Cup eligibility rules.

Defender Rosie McDonnell competed in a Royal Navy fixture at Victory Stadium last night, so could feature.

Pompey Women head coach Jay Sadler highlighted what this competition means to the club ahead of the game.

He said: "Our club has a rich history in this competition, so winning tonight will mean just as much as it did the first time.

"We will face challenges throughout the 90 minutes. However, this group are hungry to emulate our past successes."

The match is being held at Eastleigh's Silverlake Stadium, with kick-off at 7.45pm.

Supporters should purchase their tickets online here to avoid possible queues at the turnstiles.

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