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MK Dons 0 Pompey Women 1

Blues progress in National League Cup

29 October 2023

Women

MK Dons 0 Pompey Women 1

Blues progress in National League Cup

29 October 2023

Pompey booked their place in the quarter-finals of the National League Cup with a narrow win at MK Dons.

Emma Jones scored the only goal at Fairfields Sports Hub to stretch the Blues’ winning run to seven games.

Jay Sadler made four changes from the side that won at Rugby Borough in the league the previous week.

Evie Gane, Ella Wild, Georgie Freeland and Emily Pitman were all handed starts, as Jazz Younger, Izzy Collins, Dani Lane and Sophie Quirk dropped to the bench.

The visitors took a while to get into the game, with their in-form opponents causing some problems in the opening stages.

Chances were proving to be very much at a premium, though, and both goalkeepers were enjoying a quiet afternoon between the sticks.

The best opportunities for each side arrived right at the end of the first half and Nicola Puddick ran half the length of the pitch before firing narrowly wide for the Dons.

A Beth Lumsden corner was then cleared only as far as Pitman at the other end, but her volley was held by Chloe Sansom.

Half Time: MK Dons 0 Pompey 0

It was a much livelier contest following the restart and the Blues were the quickest side out of the blocks.

Sansom did well to collect a dangerous delivery from Jones, with Pitman waiting to pounce at the back post.

And the keeper did even better just before the hour mark, managing to prevent Wild’s effort from finding the top corner.

Pressure was starting to be applied, although Pitman could not quite connect with Lumsden’s drilled ball across the face of goal.

The chances kept coming and Sansom was called into action again, this time getting down to gather a Lumsden shot from the edge of the area.

And the breakthrough did arrive on 75 minutes, when Nicole Barrett drove purposefully down the right before picking out JONES to nod home.

Sadler turned to his bench to provide fresh legs, with summer signing Kelci Bowers among those coming on to make her debut.

The substitutes helped ensure the closing stages were seen out with the minimum of fuss, as the Blues progressed to the last eight.

Pompey: Haughton (c); Barrett (Bowers 87), Gane, Casley, Wild (Collins 79); Hall, Rowbotham (Lane 81), Freeland; Lumsden, Jones, Pitman (Quirk 79)
Sub not used: Younger


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