Big lift for Pompey ahead of Spurs clash

Gemma Hillier gets a lift after netting. Picture: Jordan Hampton
Gemma Hillier gets a lift after netting. Picture: Jordan Hampton
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Pompey Ladies will be in confident mood for the match against Spurs at Fratton Park on Sunday.

The Blues made it three wins on the bounce with a 3-2 success against Keynsham in the FA Women’s Premier League southern division.

Lauren Murphy, Gemma Hillier and Sarah Kempson got the goals to seal a dramatic victory at Hayling United’s College Ground.

Kempson’s winner came in the 94th minute, and was a huge boost ahead of the much-anticipated first-ever Fratton Park ladies’ league match.

Joint Pompey manager Katie Poore was happy to get the three points against Keynsham but felt it should have been more comfortable.

Poore said: ‘We deserved to win but it looked like it was going to be one of those games where it doesn’t pan out like that.

‘We were 2-0 up after 15 minutes.

‘Then we made hard work of it.

‘It was a real battle in the second half, after it looked like we were going to coast it.’

Defender Murphy got the opener on four minutes when she knocked the ball home after a scramble, following a corner.

Pompey doubled their lead in the 14th minute thanks to skipper Hillier.

Jess Frampton’s shot was parried by the keeper and Hillier reacted sharply to latch on to the loose ball and net from a tight angle.

Keynsham struck a goal back on 30 minutes.

The Blues regrouped for the second half and started to dominate the play again.

But the visitors counter-attacked to win a corner and found the net with a header, as Hillier was just unable to clear the ball off the line.

With 20 minutes to play, Pompey won a penalty when Kempson’s free-kick was handled by a Keynsham defender in the wall.

Striker Wilson stepped up but saw her spot-kick saved.

Fortunately for the Blues, they were handed another chance to secure the points.

Substitute Tiff Taylor was dragged down in the box to earn a second penalty.

Kempson stepped up this time and, in the final act of the contest, slotted the ball into the bottom left-hand corner to seal victory.

Pompey are now set for their Fratton Park clash with Spurs on Sunday (2pm).

Entrance is £5 for adults and £1 for concessions and a family ticket, for two adults and two children, costs £10.

Tickets are on sale from the Fratton Park box office and online.

See portsmouthfc.co.uk for details of sponsorship, hospitality and family Sunday lunch packages available for the game.