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Cardiff 1 Pompey Women 2

Blues battle from behind to win

3 March 2024

Women

Cardiff 1 Pompey Women 2

Blues battle from behind to win

3 March 2024

Emma Jones struck two late goals as Pompey Women fought from behind to beat Cardiff and strengthen their title hopes.

It looked as though points would be dropped for just the second time this season when Ellie Sargent struck for the Welsh hosts.

But Jones bundled home the equaliser with time running out before grabbing what turned out to be the winner moments later.

Jay Sadler made one change from the side narrowly beaten at Newcastle in the League Cup the previous weekend, with Ali Hall replacing Daisy McLachlan.

The visitors had an early chance to break the deadlock when Nicole Barrett delivered the ball to the back post, but Sophie Quirk’s cut-back was cleared behind.

Quirk then picked out Georgie Freeland inside the area and her close-range volley flew inches past the post.

But although Hannah Haughton was a virtual spectator between the sticks, Pompey were struggling to convert their dominance into clear-cut opportunities.

Laura O’Sullivan came out to collect when Ava Rowbotham tried to thread a pass through for Freeland.

And a teasing delivery from Jones then just evaded the winger, as the sides went in level at the interval.

Half Time: Cardiff 0 Pompey 0

The Blues looked to raise the tempo following the restart and Freeland was again not quite able to get on the end of a cross, this time from Leeta Rutherford.

Quirk then cut inside from the left and picked out Barrett at the back stick, but the full-back could only find the side netting.

It looked as though Pompey were edging closer to a goal and when Hall collected Rutherford’s lifted pass, her effort was superbly saved by O’Sullivan.

The keeper was at her best again a few moments later, this time to deny Quirk as the pressure continued to mount.

But instead it was their opponents who took the lead against the run of play, with Sargent finding the bottom corner after being teed-up by Ingrid Aadland.

The visitors immediately went in search of response, with Quirk meeting Hall’s cross and narrowly clearing the crossbar.

They finally had something to show for their efforts on 85 minutes, though, as Dani Lane’s centre caused chaos in the box and JONES took advantage by tapping the ball home.

But Pompey were not content with just a single point and steamed forward once more straight from the kick-off.

Substitute Emily Pitman brought the ball down inside the area and left it for JONES to fire into the net.

Tianna Teisar might have rescued a draw for Cardiff right at the death, but scuffed her shot and the Blues were able to celebrate another victory.

Pompey: Haughton; Barrett (Humphrey 70), Lane, Casley, Collins (Wild 54); Rowbotham (Pitman 70), Rutherford, Hall; Freeland, Jones (Scott 90+3), Quirk (McLachlan 90+4)


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