McGee and Wilson fire Pompey into semi-finals

Charley Wilson
Charley Wilson
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Goals from Kirsty McGee and Charley Wilson took Pompey Ladies into the FA Women’s Premier League Cup semi-finals as they beat Barnet 2-1.

Winning the game was only half the battle for the Blues.

First they had to find a suitable pitch with their preferred venue Westleigh Park waterlogged.

It proved tricky with the bad weather having ruled out most local options.

Instead, Pompey had to switch the clash to Test Park Sports Ground, Southampton.

They began the game slowly and Barnet took the lead on three minutes.

Chontelle Lawrence beat Sadie Blakely to give the Bees the advantage.

Pompey gradually grew into the match and came close to an equaliser when Shelly Cox saw her whipped free-kick strike the post.

The tide turned in Pompey’s favour early in the second half.

Midfielder McGee looped home a dipping effort from more than 30 yards to bring the scores level.

Pompey then grabbed the winner on 80 minutes.

Striker Wilson outpaced the Barnet defence and beat the keeper with a shot into the far corner.

They came close to extending the lead when Lucy Quinn smacked a shot off the post.

But there was no way back for Barnet and Pompey will travel to Aston Villa in the semi-finals.

Manager Vanessa Raynbird was delighted to get the game played and continue their impressive progress in the competition.

She said: ‘It was a really good day.

‘We managed to get the game on after we had to work hard to get a pitch.

‘It was important we did because the FA were very keen for us to get it played.

‘Overall, it was a fairly even game but we had the better of the chances.

‘Barnet were very determined – as we knew they would be.

‘They pressed us and tried to stop us playing but in the second half we were the better team.

‘Their keeper made three or four tremendous saves.’

Pompey can look forward to making the trip to Aston Villa on April 14.

They have already beaten their opponents 3-0 in the league at home, in August.

Villa got through to the semi-finals with a sudden-death penalty shootout win over Blackburn.

Leeds and Sunderland meet in the other semi.

‘We are quite pleased it is Aston Villa,’ said Raynbird.

‘It’s not quite as far to travel as Blackburn.

‘We will certainly be up for that.

‘It’s a massive opportunity to get to a cup final.

‘We’re on a high at the moment.

‘We beat Man City, probably should have beaten Charlton and beat Barnet.’