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Cheltenham 0 Pompey Women 3

Blues ease to Easter victory

9 April 2023

Pompey Women
Photo: Jason Brown

Cheltenham 0 Pompey Women 3

Blues ease to Easter victory

9 April 2023

Pompey Women kept their National League title hopes alive with a convincing 3-0 victory at Cheltenham.

All the goals arrived in the first half, with Tierney Scott, Annie Rolf and Sophie Quirk finding the target.

Scott saw a spot-kick saved after the break, but the Blues had already done more than enough to secure an Easter win.

They came charging out of the blocks and a low Scott effort was saved after the forward met Quirk’s cross.

Quirk then had a shot of her own that was deflected wide after the visitors had calmly played the ball out from the back.

It was not all one-way traffic, though, and the Robins also had some dangerous moments, without being able to test Hannah Haughton.

Pompey showed a more clinical touch to break the deadlock midway through the first half, as SCOTT had time to control Quirk’s low delivery before finding the bottom corner.

But they were not going to stop there and after some neat build-up play, Quirk’s delivery was parried by Aimee Watson for ROLF to tap home.

Ella Wild then saw her attempt blocked when a cross from skipper Danielle Rowe was cleared into the defender’s path.

However, a third goal did arrive on 38 minutes, with Wild’s throw collected by QUIRK, who neatly lifted the ball over Watson and into the net from a tight angle.

Half Time: Cheltenham 0 Pompey 3

The hosts tried to hit back once the action restarted and a shot from Laura Holden flew narrowly past the post.

But the Blues were not content to sit on their lead and Watson got down to deal with Rolf’s volley from the edge of the box.

And they were handed an excellent opportunity to increase their advantage from the spot just past the hour mark.

Dani Lane’s attempt hit an arm inside the area, but Watson got down to her right to keep out Scott’s penalty.

The visitors remained on top as the second half progressed and a swerving Scott strike was again kept out by the busy Watson.

Clear-cut chances did begin to dry up as the final whistle approached, but Cheltenham might have grabbed a late consolation.

It had been a quiet afternoon for Haughton between the sticks, but she remained alert to deny Issy Newns and ensure a clean sheet would accompany all three points.

Pompey: Haughton; Rowe (c), Younger, Gane, Wild (Barrett 65); Lane (Macdonald 65), Rowbotham, Rolf (Bell 70); Scott (Harney 65), Hall, Quirk

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