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Havant & Waterlooville came back from two down to beat Portsmouth 4-2 in the First Round of the Portsmouth FA Women's Cup on Wednesday night.
The Hawks produced a magnificent performance to earn their first ever win against their old foes and inflict Pompey's first defeat against any Hampshire FA opposition since February 2008.
It appeared that another horror show against their neighbours might be on the cards for Hawks as Portsmouth took the lead in the third minute. Leeta Rutherford fed a through ball to Charley Wilson, who rounded Hawks full back Kim Hier and cut the ball back to Kirsty McGee on the edge of the area where she fired into the top of the net. Hawks goalie Yzzy Taylor punched a Rutherford cross off Wilson's head, but Portsmouth doubled their advantage on 19 minutes as Lindsey Roe threaded a through ball to former Hawk favourite Wilson, and although Taylor got a hand to Wilson's low shot the ball rolled into the net.
Hawks' pressure was rewarded when they pulled one back on 39 minutes through a beautiful 20-yard volley from midfield dynamo Kaylee Schumann-Edwards. Hillier hit the bar from the edge of the area, but Hawks rallied in the closing minutes of the half, and in the 45th minute Laura Streeter played forward to Nkomo who ran into the box, where Portsmouth keeper Sadie Blakely came out and collided with her. The referee pointed to the spot, and Bath drilled the penalty into the bottom corner to send the sides in all square.
Hawks went in front in the 72nd minute as Streeter floated a cross into the box and Jenna Fowlie nodded it into the net. Five minutes later, Schumann-Edwards launched a forward ball out to the flank, where newly introduced substitute Chantelle Hedge, with her first touch of the game, controlled the ball and found fellow sub Chloe Ranger unmarked in front of an open goal, and Ranger tapped home Hawks' fourth.
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