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Pompey Women Retain Hampshire Cup

Blues beat Bournemouth 3-0 in final

30 March 2022

Pompey Women
Photo: Hampshire FA

Pompey continued their dominance of the Hampshire Cup by beating Bournemouth 3-0 to retain the silverware.

Tamsin de Bunsen gave them an interval lead at Eastleigh’s Silverlake Stadium, while a superb Emma Jones strike doubled the advantage.

And substitute Rosie McDonnell wrapped things up in the closing stages to ensure the trophy would be claimed by the Blues for a 13th time in a row.

Jay Sadler made three changes from the side that enjoyed a dramatic league win at Keynsham at the weekend.

Sammy Quayle, Dani Lane and de Bunsen all returned to the starting line-up, with Rebekah Tonks dropping to the bench, while Anisha Hill and Annie Rolf were both ineligible.

Meanwhile, the Cherries team included Katie James, Jade Bradley and Becki Bath, who were all facing their former club.

There was an early chance for the Blues after Lane collected Quayle’s pass down the right and cut the ball back for Emma Jones, only for it to be intercepted by Kelly Fripp.

But it was actually the Cherries – who were handed a place in the final when their semi-final conquerors Southampton withdrew from the competition – who looked brighter in the early stages.

A deflected effort from Bath dipped onto the crossbar, while Lucy Cooper fired narrowly over moments later.

The Blues settled any early nerves by breaking the deadlock on 14 minutes, however, after Emma Jones had stolen possession in the middle of the pitch.

She found Shannon Albuery and her threaded pass was latched onto by DE BUNSEN, whose shot squirmed past Sam Chrippes and into the net.

The keeper did a better job to prevent the lead from being doubled, beating away a long-range Albuery strike.

With Pompey starting to dominate, Chrippes was called into action again to deal with a 20-yard attempt from the lively Emma Jones.

Then, when Cherelle Khassal’s cut-back was nervously turned behind, the resulting de Bunsen corner was nodded over by Jazz Younger.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Bournemouth 0

Another de Bunsen corner caused more problems when the action restarted, but the ball would not fall kindly for Lane.

Emma Jones soon hooked a decent chance over the bar before sending in a sweeping cross for Albuery that Chrippes just about got to first.

The keeper was beaten to the ball by Khassal soon after and the striker angled her shot into the side netting.

But the lead was finally doubled on 74 minutes, as Albuery fed a pass across the edge of the box for JONES to rifle home a superb strike.

Sadler made some substitutes as the seconds ticked down and a couple of them were involved in the goal that put the result beyond doubt.

Ava Rowbotham combined well with Lane and the ball was played into McDONNELL, who hammered it into the roof of the net from a tight angle.

And the Blues saw out the closing stages with relative ease before skipper Danielle Rowe lifted the trophy and the celebrations could begin.

Pompey: Haughton; Quayle (Tonks 87), Younger, Gane, Rowe (c); Lane, F.Jones, de Bunsen (Rowbotham 81); Khassal, Albuery (McDonnell 79), E.Jones
Sub not used: Bridge

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