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Moneyfields 1 Pompey Women 7

Blues progress in National League Cup

1 October 2023

Pompey Women
Photo: Nathan Lipsham

Moneyfields 1 Pompey Women 7

Blues progress in National League Cup

1 October 2023

Pompey Women eased into the second round of the National League Cup with a 7-1 victory at Moneyfields.

Emily Pitman hit a hat-trick in her first start for the club, while there were also goals for Dani Lane, Sophie Quirk, Ella Humphrey and Tierney Scott.

Jay Sadler made a trio of changes from the side that beat Oxford in a league contest the previous week.

Pitman, Georgie Freeland and Ava Rowbotham all came into the starting line-up, with Emma Jones, Beth Lumsden and Leeta Rutherford making way.

The visitors showed they meant business right from the start and took the lead inside the opening four minutes.

Freeland threaded the ball through to PITMAN, who beat the offside trap and slotted inside Georgia Jenkins’ near post.

And the advantage was soon doubled, as leading scorer LANE swapped passes with Quirk before finding the net from a tight angle.

They remained on the attack, with Rowbotham sending a free-kick inches past the post from the edge of the box.

Quirk then found Izzy Collins on the left, with the defender beating two opposition players and firing narrowly wide.

Freeland soon used her pace to beat Kirsty Pearce and sent a chipped shot just off target as the Blues continued to dominate.

And Pitman was then inches away from connecting with a low Quirk delivery, with Moneyfields hanging on for the break.

Half Time: Moneyfields 0 Pompey 2

Pompey were looking for a more clinical edge to put their opponents to the sword and made a lightning start to the second half.

Freeland stole possession and squared the ball for QUIRK to finish at the far post and end any lingering doubts about their progress.

Charley Wilson-Wilton did pull one back for the home side, but the Blues were in no mood to let them have any more.

They restored their three-goal advantage on the hour mark, when Ali Hall’s pass deflected into the path of PITMAN, who netted from a few yards out.

And substitute HUMPHREY soon got in on the scoring act, meeting Riva Casley’s free-kick with a half-volley that beat Jenkins.

SCOTT also came off the bench and added her name to the scoresheet, finding the target from an acute angle after being teed-up by Freeland.

But there was still time for Pompey to make it a magnificent seven after Hannah Haughton had made a save and the ball was cleared.

PITMAN drove down the right with purpose, cut inside and fired the ball home to complete her personal treble.

Pompey: Haughton (c); Gane (Wild 83), Younger (Barrett 56), Casley, Collins; Lane (Scott 78), Rowbotham, Hall; Freeland, Pitman, Quirk (Humphrey 70)
Sub not used: Lumsden

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