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Fulham 1 Pompey Women 9

Blues ease into FA Cup second round

12 November 2023


Fulham 1 Pompey Women 9

Blues ease into FA Cup second round

12 November 2023

Pompey Women were at their ruthless best to beat Fulham 9-1 and cruise into the second round of the FA Cup.

Beth Lumsden hit a hat-trick in the capital and there were braces from Sophie Quirk and Emma Jones, with Ava Rowbotham and Ella Humphrey completing the rout.

Jay Sadler made three changes from the side that beat MK Dons in the league to climb to the top of the table last week.

Evie Gane, Ella Wild and Georgie Freeland all came into the starting line-up, as Nicole Barrett, Izzy Collins and Dani Lane dropped to the bench.

It was actually the home side who were first to threaten, with a corner from Madi Parsonson drifting against the crossbar.

Pompey soon began to dominate, however, and an attempt from Freeland was gathered by Ellie Parker.

They broke the deadlock on 10 minutes, when a cross was cleared to Jones, who picked out QUIRK to curl home from the edge of the box.

And it was JONES who then doubled the advantage midway through the first half, curling a 20-yard free-kick over the wall and into the net.

Despite controlling possession and spending most of the time inside the opposition half, though, the Blues were struggling to create more clear-cut openings.

But they did make their pressure count just before the break, as Quirk drove purposefully down the left before cutting the ball back for JONES to power past Parker.

Half Time: Fulham 0 Pompey 3

The visitors had produced a professional performance in the first half and moved through the gears once the action restarted.

Rowbotham collected a clever disguised pass from Quirk, advanced into the area and fired narrowly over the crossbar.

It was LUMSDEN who effectively wrapped things up on 55 minutes, however, finding the bottom corner after Jones’ initial effort had been deflected into her path.

And Pompey scored again straight from kick-off, launching a quick break that led to QUIRK beating a defender and firing home.

They were rampant by this point and LUMSDEN soon had another goal after pouncing on a loose pass inside the Fulham box.

Still they continued to pour forward and ROWBOTHAM showed superb vision to spot Parker off her line and find the target with a lifted finish from just inside the opposition half.

The celebrations had barely died down when LUMSDEN then completed a 10-minute treble, capitalising on some more sloppy defensive play and rolling the ball into an empty net.

Fulham did at least have something to cheer on 68 minutes, when Megalie Mendes curled home a free-kick.

It was the Blues who completed the scoring, though, as substitute HUMPHREY raced half the length of the pitch before firing inside Parker’s near post.

With more than 10 minutes of the contest remaining, the only surprise was that there were no more goals to add to a clinical display.

Pompey: Haughton; Gane, Younger, Casley (Barrett 66), Wild; Freeland, Rowbotham (Walker 88), Hall; Lumsden (Humphrey 68), Jones, Quirk
Subs not used: Bowers, Collins, Lane, Pitman

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