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Pompey Women 13 Moneyfields Reserves 0

Blues cruise into PDFA Cup final

11 April 2023

Pompey Women
Photo: Jason Brown

Pompey Women 13 Moneyfields Reserves 0

Blues cruise into PDFA Cup final

11 April 2023

Pompey Women eased into the final of the Portsmouth Divisional Football Association Cup with a 13-0 victory over Moneyfields Reserves.

Dani Lane, Annie Rolf, Emma Jones and Anaisa Harney all bagged braces on a wet night at Westleigh Park.

Sophie Quirk, Ava Rowbotham, Ali Hall, Leanne Bell and Nicole Barrett also found the target as the Blues ran riot.

And there will now be a repeat – of sorts – of the fixture to decide who lifts the silverware, with the Moneys first team narrowly beating Pompey’s development squad in the other last four contest.

Jay Sadler made three changes from the side that comfortably won at Cheltenham in the league at the weekend.

Bell, Barrett and Harney were all restored to the starting line-up, with Ella Wild, Rowbotham and Hall dropping to the bench.

It was QUIRK who broke the deadlock inside the opening six minutes, slotting home at the near post after collecting Danielle Rowe’s pass.

Rolf then found space to surge down the left and square the ball for LANE to find the net from inside the box.

And ROLF was on target herself midway through the first half, finishing at the second attempt after being teed-up by Barrett.

She might have added another just before the break, but saw her effort pushed around the post by Emma Dillon.

But the advantage was extended just moments later, as LANE won the ball high up the pitch before finding the bottom corner.

Half Time: Pompey 4 Moneyfields Reserves 0

JONES was among the players introduced at the break and soon got in on the scoring act after Rolf had pounced on a loose ball and seen her shot parried away.

And ROLF soon had her second of the evening, taking advantage of some sloppy defending to find the net from the edge of the box.

ROWBOTHAM was then brought off the bench and with her very first touch, the midfielder converted Barrett’s cut-back.

Fellow substitute HARNEY controlled a poor goal-kick just past the hour mark and fired home with a half-volleyed strike.

The hosts were looking like scoring with every attack and HARNEY quickly added another by chesting in Taylor Macdonald’s corner.

They were soon into double figures, with Quirk escaping down the right and passing for JONES to finish from an acute angle.

But the Blues were in no mood to take their foot off the gas and Quirk got another assist, courtesy of a hanging cross that was nodded in by HALL.

BELL was next to find the target on 82 minutes, firing home after Jones had threaded a pass into her path.

And BARRETT then hit an impressive 25-yard curler at the death to wrap up the goal-fest, as Pompey cruised into the final.

Pompey: Haughton; Bell, Younger (Wild 46), Gane (Rowbotham 54), Barrett; Lane, Rowe (c) (Macdonald 46), Rolf (Hall 54); Scott (Quirk 68), Harney, Quirk (Jones 46)

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