The University of Portsmouth Women’s Football Club oalot their BUCS season off to a great start with an impressive 4–2 win over UCL at Langstone during ‘This Girl Can’ week.
The home side took the lead less than 10 minutes into the game when Crystal Carrington crossed in, and Sophie Frost poked the ball past the keeper and into the back of the net.
Somewhat against the run of play, UCL found an equaliser when their striker followed up on a Jade Nicholson save to level the score with 20 minutes left on the clock.
Buoyed by their equaliser, UCL then struck again. Their striker was tripped inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Although Nicholson went the right way, she couldn’t stop the captain from finding the bottom corner, making it 2–1.
Pompey didn’t let their heads drop and tried to fight back with a long-range shot from Frost. On this occasion, the attempt went high and wide, leaving UCL’s goalie untroubled.
The home team did find an equaliser when Carrington found space in the middle of the penalty area and powerfully blasted the ball home.
After a goal-filled 45 minutes, there was still time for Frost to show some good control, but her half-volley went just wide and the referee blew for half time with the score at 2–2.
Minutes into the second half, Frost tried her luck again. Her effort was on target this time, but it was dealt with well by the UCL shot-stopper.
Jade Simmons also fired a shot on goal, despite the efforts of UCL defenders, which had to be blocked by the goalie’s legs.
The keeper continued to be put under pressure and almost got herself in trouble after a poor clearance. Luckily for the away team, she recovered and just about managed to deal with Frost’s attempted lob.
Pompey, who had been totally dominant since the second half began, finally got their third goal
when Alice Broadley played the ball into Jess Saunders, with the latter finishing well to put the home team 3–2 up.
They increased their lead through a fantastic half-volley from Simmons from just outside the area, with the midfielder’s well-hit shot finding the bottom corner. There were still 20 minutes left to play but Pompey had all-but secured the victory.
There could have been a fifth goal for the home side when Saunders ran down the wing and got her cross in. It caught the keeper out, eventually coming back off the near post, and UCL were lucky that no Pompey players capitalised on the loose ball.
The chances kept on coming for the home team, with a well-struck free kick from Frost forcing the UCL goalie to push the ball behind for a corner with a fantastic save.
The away team did little to get themselves back into the game and Pompey were able to see out the 4–2 win; securing their first three points of the new campaign.
The result puts Portsmouth 1sts third in the South Eastern 1A league.