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Portchy do it again

AFC Portchester 3 Eastleigh Res 0

AFC Portchester added the Hampshire FA Trophy to last month's HCWFL Cup success with a 3-0 win over Eastleigh in the Community Reserves at a sunny Winklebury Football Complex.

As befits a match up between the top two teams in County League Division Two it was a well contested final where the winners converted their chances whilst Eastleigh could not.

Portchester started with real purpose testing Eastleigh keeper Hollie Keefe in the first minute and opening the scoring soon after. A long cross was helped back into the path of Eilidh Currie who fired in a powerful effort from ten yards.

It took Eastleigh a while to get going in attack but they showed their threat around the twenty five minute mark as Larnie Bisson saw her effort saved by Roxy Roberts, then Danielle O'Leary was denied an equaliser by the keeper's speed off her line and anticipation.

Portchester regained some measure of control for the rest of the half and created some decent half chances with good build up play but Keefe's handling was very sound and the sides went to the break separated by Currie's early strike.

Charmaine True had come on midway through the first half for Portchy and it was her composed finish on 50 minutes which doubled the lead when played clear of the Eastleigh back line. Bisson nearly halved the lead soon after but Roberts forced her wide before scrambling the follow up shot away for a corner.

True added a third with a delightful effort on 74 minutes. Advancing into the area she cut inside a defender before curling a right foot effort beyond Keefe.

Eastleigh kept attacking but the Portchester defence with player of the match Sam Jennings in command always seemed to have the solution . Indeed it was the impressive Keefe who was the busier keeper towards the end of the contest with several good saves to keep the score down.

A very good team effort allowed Portchester skipper Lynsey Crewe to lift the club's second silverware in a fortnight  whilst the runners up can secure the Hampshire County League Division Two title with a win next week.

AFC Portchester: Roxy Roberts, TJ Hewitt, Kayleigh Merrett, Ella Wilson, Ellie Hooker, Sam Jennings, Lynsey Crewe, Eilidh Currie, Laura Streeter, Shannon Woods, Aimee Hall-Guy. Subs: Bella Longyear, Emma Pickering, Ava Colbourne, Chloe Nichols, Charmaine True.

Eastleigh Res: Hollie Keefe, Molly Pinnick, Danielle O’Leary, Jodie Edmonds, Georgina Grogan, Emma Simpson, Maya Gibbons, Emilia Parzyszek, Larnie Bisson, Molly Metcalfe, Phoebe Hudson. Subs: Poppy Chandler, Leah Board, Florence Paget, Shi Yu Pan, Amelia Jenkins.  

Photos by TJ Hewitt under pressure from Poppy Chandler Jodie Edwards pursued by Chloe Nicholls Mollie Metcalfe tries to hold off Charmaine True