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Keynsham Town 0 Portsmouth 4
A commanding perfomance from Portsmouth took them into the Third Round of the FA Women's Cup and set up a home tie with Lewes after a 4-0 away win over Keynsham Town.
Three first half goals put Pompey firmly on the road to victory and a late second goal of the match for Gemma Simmonds put the finishing touches to an excellent team performance.
Keynsham had top scorer Leanne Lapham in goal to replace the cup tied Gwyn West, her striking role being filled by the return of Suzanne Grant and the debuting Rafaela Graciano Silva. Rachel Stowell had the first effort on target, her low shot being well held by Pompey keeper Sadie Blakeley. The opening goal came after Lapham made a fine save when Gemma Hillier played in Charley Wilson. The ball rebounded kindly for Simmonds to finish well from the edge of the area on 12 minutes.
Pompey doubled their lead when Wilson struck the post and Hillier tucked home the rebound on 17 minutes and they were denied another for offside shortly after.
Eventually Keynsham started to settle with Silva and Olivera Markovic working hard to spark the attack into life and Stowell seeing more of the ball in midfield. The third goal was crucial though and it went to Portsmouth on 37 minutes. Wilson broke down the right and crossed just over Quinn's head. The ball fell to Sarah Kempson and she curled a shot beyond Lapham from wide on the left.
Grant had a golden chance to reduce the arrears before the break but a heavy touch allowed Blakely to gather and Markovic went very close with a shot across goal as the hosts at least finished a diappointing half on the front foot.
Quinn nearly added a fourth with a run and powerful shot just wide on the restart but Pompey were grateful for excellent defending from Fiona McMillan to block and clear from the centre of goal after a corner on 54 minutes. Wilson then set up Hillier for a shot inches wide as the Portsmouth attackers thrived on the excellent playing surface of the AJN Stadium. Sub Nadine Bazan produced a perfect left wing cross for the head of Wilson but Lapham saved well on 61 minutes.
Keynsham had their own moments with Blakely doing well to deny a close range effort from Markovic but the visitors always looked likely to add to their lead. Wilson, who did everything but score in an all action performance, met a Quinn corner with a twisting header from 12 yards, but was denied by the bar. The goal, when it did arrive, was an absolute 'gem' , Hillier twisting free on the right and cutting the ball back invitingly for Simmonds to lash into the roof of the net on 80 minutes.
Keynsham were denied the consolation their efforts deserved when, after a Clark run was halted by a foul, a scramble from the free kick saw Stowell net, only for an offside decision to chalk off the goal.
Portsmouth fully deserved to progress with a good team effort, with their defence neutralising Keynsham's attackers whilst Hillier, Quinn, Simmonds and Wilson in particular showed great understanding and movement to stretch the home defence. Keynsham had run Pompey desperately close in their league encounter, only losing to a last minute penalty in an away match but on the day they had little answer to the Hampshire team.
Amazingly, much of the match was played out in bright sunshine on another Sunday of torrential rain, as Keynsham Town once again beat the elements, but this time they were unable to match Pompey's sparkling display.
Keynsham Town: Leanne Lapham, Andreea Alexandru, Ellie Carter, Aimee Clark, Abbie Britton, Rachel Stowell, Suzanne Grant, Olivera Markovic, Rachel Cullen, Rafaela Graciano Silva, Katarzyna Rusek. Subs: Hajrija Sabic, Hannah Davies, Agnieszka Ziolek.
Portsmouth: Sadie Blakely, Tiff Taylor, Lauren Murphy, Fiona McMillan, Ellie Bloomfield, Sarah Kempson, Gemma Simmonds, Gemma Hillier, Charley Wilson, Lucy Quinn, Jess Frampton. Subs: Rhia Cox, Nadine Bazan, Naomi Greene.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
(top) The Keynsham defence scramble the ball away in their goalmouth
(middle) Lucy Quinn gets in a shot watched by Olivera Markovic
(bottom) Rachel Cullen is closed down by Charley Wilson
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