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Portsmouth v City Ladies: Match report

  • 13 May 2013 11:17
  • Posted by @NieldyMCFC / Words by @Footykev

It was third time lucky for City Ladies this weekend against Portsmouth LFC as they came from behind to net a 2-1 victory with an impressive performance on the South Coast.

Pompey took the initiative early-on; pressuring high against the City backline and forcing errors. It took only eight minutes for the hosts to take the lead as Twkesbury got in behind the Blues' defence following a through ball by Gemma Hillier; leaving young debutant Beth Seasman with a decision to come, as she did Twkesbury lifted the ball expertly into the open net to give Pompey the advantage.

City didn't threaten the Pompey custodian Worlsfold until the 22nd minute with their first effort on target by way of Lynda Shepherd's right foot. After the half hour mark City started to get more of a foothold in the game with shots from distance through the industrious Jordan who also fashioned a chance five minutes later; harassing the Pompey backline into a mistake and pouncing on a loose ball which she carried from the halfway line to the edge of the area. Trying to slip Johnston in, she could only see her pass blocked before Johnston was eventually given offside.

Six minutes before halftime City did find a way through; Fliss Middleton's pinpoint delivery from a freekick left Abbie McManus with the simple task of directing the ball past the Worlsfold to level matters. Perhaps against the run of play, City were level heading into the break.

If the first half was Pompey's the second was certainly City's as they set up camp in their opponents half. Lindsay Savage saw her 30 yard lob in the 56th minute palmed away by Worlsfold as City laid siege to the Pompey backline. It was the Captain who made the breakthrough in the 72nd minute when City were awarded a freekick 20 yards out, Savage stepped up and placed it into the top left hand corner of the net to give City the lead their second half showing had deserved.

Still the chances came City's way as substitute Danni Young, with only an empty net to shoot into, misplaced her shot high and wide.

Following the result Manager Leigh Wood gave his thoughts, "it took us a while to get going today and we were under pressure for the opening 30 minutes, but as soon as we started to match the desire of Portsmouth and add tempo to our play we took charge of the game. I thought we dominated the second half and could of and probably should of, had a few more goals. Portsmouth struggled to get out of their half and when they finally did, credit must go to Beth, for a 16 year-old to show that kind of concentration, having not had much to do in the second half, made the quality of the save even more impressive than it already was. Well done Ladies."

City XI: Seasman, Middleton, Harding, McManus, Nightingale, Savage (c), Shepherd, Turner, Buffel (Lee 80), Johnston, Jordan (Young 72)

Subs: Young, McLellan, Lee

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