A great all round performance against West Ham on Sunday and superb hat-trick by Charley Wilson was enough to give Portsmouth FC Ladies all three points to put them top of the FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division
Although Portsmouth dominated possession for the first half it took until the 15th min for the first chance to come but it was worth the wait. Lucy Quinn floated a great corner from the right into the six yard box where CHARLEY WILSON rose above everyone to powerfully head into the back of the net to make it 1-0 to Pompey.
A couple of half chances came to Molly Clark and Lucy Quinn but the next real opportunity fell to Gemma Hillier, Lucy Quinn made one of her dazzling runs beating 2 or 3 players before slotting in Hillier who didn’t quite catch it well enough to beat the keeper. Portsmouth limited West Ham to only a couple of chances late on in the half both missing the target.
HT WEST HAM UNITED LADIES 0 PORTSMOUTH FC LADIES 1
The 2nd half in contrast to the first was full of goal scoring opportunities as Portsmouth upped the tempo moving the ball quickly and exposing the spaces in the West Ham defence. 10 mins into the half Sarah Kempson received the ball 20 yards out and hit a powerful shot which struck the post and just a minute later Lucy Quinn hit from a similar distance which the GK managed to flick round the post for a corner.
Pompey kept up their relentless pressure with both Quinn and Kempson looking a danger every time they got the ball on the edge of the box. Quinn however turned into provider for the 2nd goal on 62 mins when a fantastic shot from a free kick from all of 30 yards out could only be parried by the West Ham keeper and CHARLEY WILSON fully stretched took advantage of the spill to poke it in for her and Pompey’s 2nd.
Portsmouth continued to pile on the pressure but a counter attack and first real chance of the half for West Ham saw them hit the bar on 75 mins which sparked them into a decent 5 minute spell but the Portsmouth back 5 stood strong and organised to keep the scoreline in tact. Portsmouth finished the game much the stronger side culminating in a really well worked goal on the stroke of full time. Sarah Kempson hit a pin point ball out wide right to Lucy Quinn who travelled well with it before crossing to the nearpost where Ini Umatong, who was making her first team debut from the bench flicked the ball over the GK to the far post where WILSON was again on hand to finish from close range to score her hat trick and secure a well deserved 3-0 win to Portsmouth. After the win Perry northeast spoke saying ” ‘I was pleased today on both the performance and result front. Recently we have beaten teams but not managed to put the game out of oppositions reach when taking the lead. At half time this was the instruction and the players response was excellent in the way they managed the second half.
I was exceptionally happy for Charley as the extra time on the training ground this week has proven to be worthwhile’.
Portsmouth ladies next game is a top of the table clash away at Tottenham Hotspur this Sunday.
Match report by Vanessa Raynbird.