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Portishead relishing biggest match
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 10 Nov 2019
FA Women's Cup News - Portishead relishing biggest match - 10 Nov 2019 - Women's Football News
Portishead Town will be making club history on Sunday when they step out to play Southampton Women in the First Round of the Women's FA Cup.
It is the first time that the Somerset side have reached this stage of the competition and they are the only club in the area to have done so this season (Bristol City and Keynsham Town have both been exempt so far).
Portishead goalkeeper Chloe Fensome was the team's heroine as they beat Moneyfields on a penalty shootout in the Third Round Qualifying, to reach this stage. She made a fantastic save in the last minute of extra time before going on to stop one penalty and score emphatically from the spot herself.
Chloe told Women's Soccer Scene: "This is massive for us and massive for Portishead itself. We've worked so hard the last few seasons to get into a position where we're being noticed and getting the results we deserve, and that hard work is starting to paying off.
"We knew Moneyfields were a good strong team, but if we played our football and kept a positive mind we could do it. This means so much to all of us, and the focus is now on the next round and proving we deserve our place against Southampton. We know they'll be strong, but we're ready for them."
Winger Shannon Holloway scored the winning goal in the previous round against Wootton Bassett Town and she said: "I'm really looking forward to the game this weekend against Southampton. It's been an amazing journey so far not only for the team but for the club as well.
"It's great to have so much support behind us to really push the girls and hopefully we can raise our game to show what we can do against a tough side and put in a performance to be proud of."
"It's been a great journey with friends and we're hoping to progress," added defender Nathalie Zajaczkowski. "It won't be easy but for the majority of the squad, it's the biggest platform we'll ever have played on. The excitement that this has created amongst the club as a whole and all our family and friends is incredible!"
"Portishead are very proud to have reached the first round of the Women's FA Cup, as the last remaining team in Bristol and Somerset," says Ruby Lowe. "Our squad has gone from strength to strength in the past few seasons, including earning multiple promotions, and this FA Cup achievement represents the the effort, commitment and the strength and depth of our squad. We're looking forward to playing Southampton on Sunday, hopefully our FA Cup journey can continue."
Captain Taylor Gainey said: "Great moments are born from great opportunities, that's what happened against Moneyfields and I'm hoping what will happen on Sunday against Southampton.
"We have to be fearless, whatever happens I'm proud of how far we've come. I'm excited to play on a huge game knowing we are making history at the club."

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