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Bournemouth 1 Pompey Women 0

Hampshire Cup exit for Blues

19 March 2023

Women

Bournemouth 1 Pompey Women 0

Hampshire Cup exit for Blues

19 March 2023

Pompey Women’s long hold of the Hampshire Cup came to an end as they were narrowly beaten at Bournemouth in the semi-finals.

Molly Clark netted the only goal of the game against her former club to ensure the Blues would not be able to claim the silverware for the 14th time in a row.

Jay Sadler made two changes from the side that edged past Plymouth in the National League the previous week.

Annie Rolf and Ella Humphrey were both handed starts, with Dani Lane and Sophie Quirk dropping to the bench.

It was the visitors who were first to threaten once the action started, with Ali Hall’s effort flying narrowly past the post.

But clear-cut chances were proving to be at a premium in an even start to proceedings that saw possession shared.

Pompey almost broke the deadlock midway through the first half, with Rolf collecting Hall’s pass and seeing a low shot turned behind by Katie Scadding.

And they went close again moments later when Humprey whipped in a cross that was headed against the bar by Hall.

But it was the Cherries who broke the deadlock on 39 minutes, as Clark raced onto a threaded ball from fellow former Blues player Katie James and slotted home.

Half Time: Bournemouth 1 Pompey 0

There were appeals for a penalty for the home side when Molly Gladwell went down in the box shortly after the restart, but she was instead booked for diving.

And the Blues then had a chance to level the tie on the hour mark, with Hall nodding wide after being found in the box by Tierney Scott.

Sadler soon made a triple switch in an attempt to find some attacking inspiration, with Anaisa Harney, Quirk and Lane all entering the fray.

Pompey hopes were not helped when Jazz Younger was sent to the sin bin and they were having to contend with some questionable decisions from the officials.

But the visitors almost found an equaliser on 77 minutes, as Nicole Barrett’s effort from the edge of the box cannoned back off the crossbar.

They kept fighting to try to stay in the competition, but the side from one level below were able to hold on and book their place in the final.

Pompey: Haughton; Barrett, Younger, Rowe (c), Wild (Bell 85); Rowbotham (Lane 65), Macdonald, Rolf; Scott, Hall (Harney 65), Humphrey (Quirk 65)
Sub not used: Collins


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