The University of Portsmouth Women’s Football Club (UPWFC) gained a narrow yet dominant win over Canterbury at Langstone.
A penalty from Sophie Frost was enough to secure all three points, although many chances for the home side to increase their lead went begging in the second half.
Pompey started the game brightly with the winger causing problems for Canterbury with a pacey run down the wing. On this occasion, her cross was sliced wide.
Canterbury’s first effort on goal came after Pompey conceded a free kick in a dangerous position. Their attacker took the set piece but sent her shot well over the bar.
Crystal Carrington created a chance for herself down the other end when she turned inside the box, but sliced her shot wide.
It was Carrington who helped win the home side’s penalty, as her dangerous cross led to Frost being pushed in the area and the referee pointed to the spot.
Frost dusted herself down and calmly slotted the ball past the visiting goalkeeper to put UPWFC 1 – 0 up with less than 15 minutes on the clock.
They were unlucky not to double their lead when Georgia Campbell Turner had a blistering shot from 25 yards out which cannoned back off the crossbar with the keeper beaten. Canterbury were then able to clear the ball away to safety.
Carrington also could have given her side a two goal cushion when the ball fell nicely to her in the six yard box, but she volleyed wildly over the bar from point blank range.
The second half proved to be a tale of missed chances, especially for Pompey’s striker. Within 60 seconds of the restart, her cross-cum-shot after a driving run went wide.
On the left flank, Jess Saunders also did well as she pulled the ball back for Frost but the latter’s effort was deflected past the post by the Canterbury defence.
A moment of respite for the away team came when they won the ball in midfield and the visitors striker had a shot. However, it was a tame one and easy for Jade Nicholson to gather.
Moments later, they switched off at the back again and allowed Canterbury’s attacker to bear down on goal, but her luck still wasn’t in as she dragged her shot wide with only the goalie to beat.
If that wasn’t enough proof that it simply wasn’t her day, she missed another golden opportunity when the ball was cut back to her and she curled wide in the middle.
Pompey could have been made to rue their missed chances had Nicholson sent off for a fairly obvious handball outside her area when the attacker was put through on goal, but the referee didn’t spot it despite Canterbury appeals.
Although UPWFC will have been disappointed to not turn their second half dominance into more goals, Sophie Frost’s 12th minute penalty was still enough to win three valuable points.
The result puts Portsmouth second on seven points in the South Eastern 1A league behind Brighton on nine points.