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Oxford 2 Pompey Women 0

Blues beaten on the road

23 October 2022


Oxford 2 Pompey Women 0

Blues beaten on the road

23 October 2022

Pompey Women missed out on a chance to leapfrog Oxford into second spot after losing 2-0 at Court Place Farm.

Carly Johns netted in each half to ensure United held on to their position just behind National League leaders Watford.

Jay Sadler made three changes from the side narrowly beaten by Bridgwater a fortnight ago, with Jazz Younger, Annie Rolf and Tierner Scott all returning to the starting line-up.

The visitors launched an early counter-attack through Annie Rolf, but when she tried to find Dani Lane in space, Jaime Gotch recovered to deny her former club.

Lane then sent a dangerous delivery across the face of goal midway through the first half, forcing Oxford to hack the ball behind.

But the Blues fell behind on 30 minutes, with Johns bending home a fine strike after Daisy McLachlan had stolen possession.

It almost got even worse and Hannah Haughton did brilliantly to deny Lacy Liggett from point-blank range.

And the keeper had to be at her best once more just before the break, again keeping out Liggett after she had swapped passes with Johns.

Half Time: Oxford 1 Pompey 0

The visitors tried to hit back following the interval and Riva Casley had to clear the danger when Sophie Quirk tried to pick out Lane.

They were looking much more fluent and another Quirk cross was cut out, this time by Lauren Haynes.

Rose Kite was then forced into her piece of meaningful action to keep out a shot from substitute Emma Jones.

And when Quirk then managed to flick the ball around Kite, the forward sent her effort agonisingly wide of the post.

Pompey were applying plenty of pressure as they sought an equaliser, only to have their good work undone with 10 minutes remaining.

Johns showed some neat footwork in the box and was brought down by Danielle Rowe, picking herself up confidently find the top corner.

And although the Blues kept battling right the way to the end, they were unable to find the goal that would have set up an interesting finale.

Pompey: Haughton; Barrett (Collins 87), Younger, Rowe, Wild (Quayle 74); Lane (Goulden 87), Rowbotham (Macdonald 74), Rolf; Bell, Quirk, Scott (Jones 46)

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