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Pompey Women 4 Oxford 0

National League victory for Blues

24 September 2023


Pompey Women 4 Oxford 0

National League victory for Blues

24 September 2023

Pompey Women continued their prolific start to the season with a comfortable victory over Oxford at Westleigh Park.

Dani Lane took her personal tally to nine goals with a brace, while Leeta Rutherford netted for the first time since returning to the club over the summer and Beth Lumsden also found the target.

Jay Sadler made a couple of changes from the side that thrashed Chatham on the road the previous week.

Izzy Collins returned from suspension and Sophie Quirk was also recalled, as Ella Wild and Georgie Freeland made way.

A period of silence was held before kick-off to remember Sheffield United midfielder Maddy Cusack, who tragically passed away this week at the age of just 27.

After a slow start it was the home side who were first to threaten, with a Lane header kept out by Paris Sercombe.

Oxford then went close at the other end of the pitch, as Leah Burridge sent a half-volley flying narrowly past the post.

But the Blues broke the deadlock midway through the first half, when Quirk drove down the left, cut onto her right foot and picked out LANE to head home.

And the lead was doubled just moments later after a Lumsden free-kick had been deflected into the path of Emma Jones.

Her initial attempt was parried clear, but only as far as RUTHERFORD, who found the net from an acute angle.

Pompey were in no mood to take their foot off the accelerator and Quirk fired over from the edge of the box.

And they did increase their advantage just before the interval, as LANE converted a corner from Jones.

Half Time: Pompey 3 Oxford 0

The Blues were eager to pick up where they had left off when the action restarted and soon set about looking to add more goals.

Lumsden collected the ball from Rutherford on the right and sent in a delivery that somehow evaded both Lane and Jones in the box.

But they still had to be alert at the other end and Riva Casley made a superb challenge when Zoe Barratt raced clear.

Hannah Haughton then had to fling herself to the right to tip a free-kick from Lily Stevens over the bar.

Any lingering doubts were well and truly vanquished on 63 minutes, though, as LUMSDEN raced onto an incisive Quirk pass to slot past Sercombe.

Sadler used all five of his substitutes in order to rest some tiring legs and give valuable time on the pitch to others.

Meanwhile, Pompey kept pushing forward and Sercombe did well to deny Jones from point-blank range.

A tough afternoon then got even worse for United, with Stevens shown a straight red card for a poor challenge on Annie Rolf.

It did not provide the Blues with a numerical advantage, however, as Rolf was unable to continue and both sides ended the contest with just 10 players on the pitch.

Pompey: Haughton (c); Gane, Younger, Casley, Collins (Barrett 76); Lane (Rowbotham 64), Rutherford, Hall (Rolf 76); Lumsden (Freeland 64), Jones (Pitman 76), Quirk

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