Pompey ladies turn on the style in cup

Charley Wilson
Charley Wilson

POMPEY LADIES sharpened up their finishing as they thrashed QK Southampton 15-0 in the second round of the Hampshire FA Women’s Challenge Cup.

Striker Charley Wilson led the goal tally with five.

Winger Shelly Cox enjoyed a stint playing as a forward and bagged a treble.

Meanwhile, Gemma Hillier and Kirsty McGee fired two goals, with strikes from Fiona McMillan, Niamh Rawlins and an own goal completing the rout.

Vanessa Raynbird picked a strong side for the clash with minnows QK, who play in Hampshire Women’s League division one – five levels below Pompey.

And, as expected, the Southampton side could not handle the challenge of taking on Premier League-quality players.

‘I was pleased with the way we played,’ said Raynbird.

‘The only thing we did too much was trying to shoot from distance.

‘We kept our shape and passed the ball really well, forcing them to come out, but they kept going to the end.’

The Blues took just 10 seconds to register the opener.

QK were dispossessed from kick-off and Hillier sped through the defence to net.

Pompey were in no mood to relax and were 3-0 up inside the opening 10 minutes.

Wilson then went on to complete a first-half hat-trick, and Pompey led 6-0 at the break.

Rawlins made sure the second half started with the same trend as the first when she netted on 46 minutes.

Southampton were blown away as the goals kept coming.

Pompey led 11-0 going into the final 10 minutes, but even then there was no mercy shown.

Cox hit her three goals on 80, 86 and 87 minutes, and Wilson got her fourth of the afternoon on 84 minutes.

Despite the goal spree, Raynbird picked out one near miss as her highlight of the contest.

‘Probably the best thing that happened was a beautiful cross from Kirsty McGee and a great diving header from Kaylee Schumann-Edwards from eight yards out – which flew straight into the keeper’s hands!

‘Kaylee deserved a goal for it but she didn’t get it.

‘Of the goals, the first one was probably the best.

‘It was really well executed from Gemma Hillier.’

The only disappointment for Pompey was a serious-looking ankle injury picked up by captain Hillier.

She had to be taken off on a stretcher after a strong challenge and could face a spell on the sidelines.