Gemma Hillier scored twice as Portsmouth Ladies went top of the league after a three nil win over Lewes Ladies last night.
After a hard fought point away at Tottenenham in their last game Pompey started the game in Sussex well, Charley Wilson was running at the home defence in the opening moments but the defence were holding firm determined to make a decent game of it.
The opening minutes passed and on eight minutes Katie Mcytyre delivered a deep corner, however under pressure Sadie Blakey punched the ball away. Lewes were starting to assert themselves in the game, Kirstie Spice was finding space down the near side wing to embark on runs, Jess Frampton though was making expertly timed tackles to keep the game scoreless.
Lewes continued to attack and gained a series of corners however they were being cleared, as the corner was cleared yet again the visitors broke, Wilson picked the ball up on the halfway line, after a ten yard run she passed the ball to GEMMA HILLIER, after two touches to compose herself she slotted the ball past Michelle Beazley to give Portsmouth the lead on 16 minutes.
The rooks struggled to push forward after conceding and Pompey attacked again, Lewes gave the ball to Lucy Qyinn but her through ball to Hillier didn’t find the mark and the ball was cleared, the side from the dripping pan had a let off on twenty six minutes when Wilson ran onto a straight pass, despite appearing to start her run two yards onside the flag went up and the save that followed by Beazley counted for nothing. Both teams exchanged chances and with thirteen minuites left of the half Sadie Blakley made yet another wonder save, a corner from the near side wasn’t dealt with by Portsmouth, the ball dropped to Mcyntyre who shot the ball towards the bottom right corner of the goal, however Blakley suddenly dived to her right to get something on the shot and divert the ball out.
LEWES LADIES 0 PORTSMOUTH LADIES 1
With the wind starting to pick up, the second half got underway, the blue shirted players almost grabbed a second,Quinn on the near touch line ran towards goal , her cross was a good one but Shannon Sieveright was just unable to get on the end of it. Manager Perry Northeast decided to make a change on the hour mark, Ini Umatong was introduced in place if Seivwright, her impact was immediate as she ran at the defence it took a well timed tackle from Katie Baker to stop her In her tracks.
Twenty minuites remained in the game when Portsmouth got their second goal, a pass forward by the visitors was called by Beazley however she spilt the ball out of her grasp straight to HILLIER who had time to turn, look up the hit the ball into the empty net.
Lewes heads visibly dropped as they had to come from two down to get back into the game, the gap was widened however on seventy nine minutes, Portsmouth crossed the ball into the area, it wasn’t dealt with and UMATONG was on hand to stab home from three yards out to put the game beyond doubt.
LEWES LADIES 0 PORTSMOUTH LADIES 3
Pompey ladies team
Sadie Blakley, Jess Frampton, Nadine Bazan, Jodie Goodall, Leeta Rutherford, Shannon Seivwright (Ini Umatong 59) Sarah Kempson (Ellie Bloomfied 74), Chloe Dark (Molly Clark 70) , Gemma Hillier, Charley Wilson, Lucy Quinn
SUBS NOT USED
Match report by Lee Roberts