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Pompey Lift PDFA Cup

Blues beat Moneyfields in the final

4 May 2023

Pompey Women
Photo: Jason Brown

Pompey Lift PDFA Cup

Blues beat Moneyfields in the final

4 May 2023

Pompey Women beat Moneyfields 2-1 at AFC Portchester to retain the Portsmouth Divisional Football Association Cup.

Ella Wild’s penalty and a Sophie Quirk finish gave them a comfortable lead, only for Kim Whitcombe to set up a tense finale.

Jay Sadler made three changes from the side that beat Crawley Wasps at Fratton Park in the final league fixture on Sunday.

Jazz Younger, Dani Lane and Anaisa Harney all came into the starting line-up, with Danielle Rowe, Annie Rolf and Emma Jones making way.

The Blues were given an excellent chance to break the deadlock early in the first half after Quirk was fouled in the box.

WILD stepped up to take the spot-kick and calmly sent Georgia Jenkins the wrong way to slot the ball into the bottom corner.

Their opponents had a chance to level when Freya Farrow whipped in a cross from the right that was headed just wide by Whitcombe.

But it was Pompey looking more likely to add to the scoring and Ali Hall curled a shot narrowly past the post after turning on the edge of the box.

And when Quirk found Lane with a clever reverse pass, the midfielder also sent an effort narrowly off target.

Younger was next to go close to doubling the advantage, meeting Nicole Barrett’s delivery with a header that was turned behind by Jenkins.

And when Wild combined with Quirk to provide an opening for Tierney Scott, her effort was deflected wide.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Moneyfields 0

Chances did not prove so easy to come by once the action restarted, although Hannah Haughton remained alert to punch clear a dangerous Whitcombe delivery.

Pompey kept plugging away at the other end and Barrett’s shot was blocked after the defender had played a neat one-two with Harney.

Sadler turned to his bench to inspire an injection of energy and one of the substitutes was involved in the lead being extended on 72 minutes.

Rowe collected a pass from Ava Rowbotham and swapped passes with Barrett before sending in a cross that was converted by QUIRK at the back post.

It looked like that would be enough to ensure the silverware would be remaining in the hands of the Blues.

But Moneyfields refused to lie down and soon reduced their deficit, as Whitcombe slotted home after good work on the right from Farrow.

Pompey thought they should have been awarded another penalty when Leanne Bell was dragged to the turf late on, only for the referee waved away their appeals.

And that might have proved a costly decision in stoppage-time, but Gemma Simmonds was unable to keep her shot down following a scramble in the box.

The final whistle then followed soon after to ensure Sadler’s side brought the curtain down on their season by lifting a trophy.

Pompey: Haughton (c); Barrett, Younger, Gane, Wild; Hall, Rowbotham, Lane (Rolf 64); Scott (Rowe 64), Harney (Bell 70), Quirk
Sub not used: Collins

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