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Portsmouth 6 Mossley Hill 1
Portsmouth moved into the quarter final stage of the Premier League Cup with a 6-1 victory over Division One North opponents Mossley Hill at Test Park.
The final score did not reflect the spirited performance of the Merseyside visitors who, for the first hour, had matched their Southern Division hosts chance for chance before Pompey took control. Superb strikes from Sarah Kempson and Lucy Quinn had given Pompey an interval lead which flattered them but once Ini Umotong had added the third, they really got into gear and created a host of chances as well as three additional goals. A consolation goal from Sophie Perry with virtually the last kick was well deserved and something to cheer up the 250 mile return journey for Mossley Hill.
Perry was a constant threat to the Portsmouth defence with her pace and half chances fell to her and Shelley James from early passes over the top of the Pompey back line. Molly Clark had an effort well saved by Emily Hallam in the Mossley goal whilst Leeta Rutherford had a headed goal from a corner ruled out for an infringement. Kempson gave Portsmouth the lead when a Clark free kick from the left was cleared to the edge of the area and she launched a perfect strike into the top left corner on 32 minutes.
Just before the goal, Mossley had created two good chances to open the scoring themselves. Carmen Troiano was denied by Sadie Blakely whilst Carla Lee was inches wide after taking advantage of a defensive mix up. The visitors would regret the misses when Quinn was given space to run at the defence and launch another long range stunner into the top left of Hallam's net for the second. Even so, only a fine reaction save from Blakely kept Pompey's goal intact right on the break, when Carla Lee powered a shot in from close range.
Again, the visitors looked lively on the restart, only a fine interception from Jess Frampton preventing an early reduction to Pompey's lead. James volleyed a half chance wide of goal on 51 minutes but from then on, Portsmouth started to find their passing and chances started to come.
The best move of the match on 55 minutes saw the ball move from Blakely's feet through five players to an overlapping Nadine Bazan who delivered a perfect cross for Charley Wilson, whose header was saved by Hallam and cleared off the line. Umotong missed a good chance from six yards but scored the crucial third on the hour, finishing calmly from ten yards.
Mossley were still finding good positions, Perry being denied by a good save, Lee having a 35-yarder well held by Blakely and James firing just over. However the chances came thick and fast at the other end of the pitch. Kempson hit both bar and post within a minute, then Wilson cut the ball back for Quinn to notch her second with a curled effort from 15 yards. Umotong earned a penalty by bring brought down from behind when clean through. Substitute Shannon Seivwright converted the penalty on 83 minutes and Mossley were reduced to ten players.
Mossley Hill went very close to a consolation as Blakely produced a fingertip save to turn a long range effort on to the bar but Pompey added their sixth when good work by Bazan set up Chloe Dark for her first senior goal. Dark and Umotong both went very close to a seventh but the visitors had the last laugh as Perry rounded Blakely for a consolation goal deep into added time.
In the end, Pompey had overwhelmed their opponents with excellent finishing but Mossley Hill, having caused the shock of the previous round by knocking out Wolves, showed good attacking intent themselves and kept the Pompey defence well occupied from first to last.
Portsmouth: Sadie Blakely, Jess Frampton, Nadine Bazan, Leeta Rutherford, Eilidh Currie, Molly Clark, Ellie Bloomfield, Sarah Kempson, Charley Wilson, Lucy Quinn, Ini Umotong. Subs: Chloe Dark, Shannon Seivwright, Megan Gratton.
Mossley Hill: Emily Hallam, Holly Parkinson, Sheree Thompson, Nicola Hamilton, Chelsea Starkey, Kayleigh MacDonald, Shelley James, Kaisha Sohl, Sophie Perry, Carla Lee, Carmen Troiano. Subs: Lauren Stringer, Anna Evans, Amy Fisher, Stacey McMahon, Stacey-Jo Kelly.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Holly Parkinson tries to close down Charley Wilson
(middle) Sophie Perry battles with Leeta Rutherford
(bottom) Eilidh Currie and Jess Frampton combine to foil Sophie Perry, with Pompey keeper Sadie Blakely on the alert
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