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Wilson winner takes Pompey through
 Women's Football News 25 Mar 2013
 
Wilson winner takes Pompey through - 25 Mar 2013 - Women's Football NewsPortsmouth 2 Barnet 1
Portsmouth grabbed a semi final place in the FA Women's Premier League Cup for the second time in three seasons with a 2-1 victory over 2011 winners Barnet.
 
The tie, switched to a 3G surface at the Test Park Sports complex, was settled by a late winner from Charley Wilson as Pompey overcame an early deficit to set up a visit to Aston Villa on April 7th.
 
Barnet got the ideal start when Chontelle Lawrence struck a sweet volley past Sadie Blakely from Stacey Sowden's right wing cross on four minutes. Pompey's Shelly Cox struck the near post from a free kick taken from a tight angle and a follow up effort was blocked on 16 minutes but the visitors looked capable of adding to their lead.
 
Danielle Murphy hit a 25-yard effort which Blakely parried and quickly dropped on the rebound. Gemma Rudman shot just over from a similar distance and Lawrence blocked a Blakely clearance with the ball looping back on to the roof of the net on 36 minutes.
 
Pompey went into the break having had plenty of possession but had done little to trouble the strong Barnet defence and debutant goalkeeper Megan Wordingham, playing because of injury to long term ever present Cherie Rowlands.
 
They got the boost they needed though within three minutes of the restart from a spectacular volleyed equaliser by Kirsty McGee who found the top left corner from 25 yards. The same player went close soon after, hitting the side netting. On the hour, Wordingham made a fine block from a close range Leeta Rutherford shot as Pompey took the upper hand.
 
Playing into a stiff breeze, Barnet fought their way back into the game with some good use of the ball in midfield and down the right. Blakely twice had to be quick off her line to clear dangerous through balls and Lawrence was busy on the wing. Helen King skipped past two defenders and crossed low into the area but the shot was wide.
 
Pompey were seeking to play the ball forward early for the runs of Wilson and Jemma Tewkesbury and a number of corners were forced as the match entered the final fifteen minutes. Although a couple of scrambles resulted, Barnet had coped very effectively until, with eight minutes left, Wilson found herself with a clear run on goal from about 35 yards out. The striker kept her cool to slot the ball past the advancing Wordingham to give Pompey the lead.
 
Barnet tried to respond to take tie into extra time but the home defence stood firm, limiting the Barnet attack to a couple of half chances. The final minutes of added time were spent deep in the Barnet half as Pompey ensured their progress with a series of short corners. Sub Lucy Quinn took a different route towards settling the outcome, cutting along the edge of the area before crashing a shot against the underside of the bar in the final seconds.
 
A tense and very competitive encounter was followed by a supportive crowd for both teams. Portsmouth reversed the result of the 2011 semi final but, just as in the previous contest at Uxbridge, there was little to choose between two teams packed with experienced and talented players. Barnet can surely take heart from the good showing of their younger players in this match such as their goalkeeper and the goalscorer but it is the Hampshire club who move on to face Villa for a place in the Final.
 
Portsmouth: Sadie Blakeley, Gemma Simmonds, Lauren Murphy, Kaylee Schumann-Edwards, Jade Kirby, Kirsty McGee, Leeta Rutherford, Shelly Cox, Jemma Tewkesbury, Gemma Hillier, Charley Wilson. Subs: Cally Beaumont, Lucy Quinn, Sarah Kempson.

Barnet: Megan Wordingham, Jess Trimnell, Sally Wade, Danielle Murphy, Leanne Reidy, Gemma Rudman, Holly Sandow, Helen King, Stacey Sowden, Laura Miller, Chontelle Lawrence. Subs: Renata Inniss, Brooke Nunn, Aoife Hurley, Lois Colley, Vanna Lee.
 
 
(Report by Patrick Higgins)

 
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