Pompey Ladies put Southampton to the sword

Shelly Cox. Picture: Barry Zee
Shelly Cox. Picture: Barry Zee

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Shelly Cox hit a hat-trick as Pompey Ladies crushed Southampton Women’s FC 8-0 at Dover Road last night.

The margin of victory could easily have been double – as the Premier League Blues booked their spot in the Hampshire Cup final.

Charley Wilson added two second-half goals, while Kaylee Schumann-Edwards, Kirsty McGee and Gemma Hillier also found the net.

Pompey had battered the Southampton goal right from the start.

Such was the Blues’ dominance, the score could have been 3-0 before Schumann-Edwards headed the opener on 11 minutes.

Cox then cracked home the second – firing in a brilliant left-footed shot on 19 minutes.

The visitors had no answer to Pompey’s superior pass-and-move game.

And McGee was soon tapping in a simple third on 23 minutes.

Pompey then added three more goals in a rampant six-minute spell.

First, Cox chased down the keeper’s clearance to divert the ball home on 29 minutes.

Hillier then flicked home number five before Cox completed her hat-trick when she turned neatly inside the box to fire home.

Pompey continued to dominate as the second period started – Leeta Rutherford shooting against the inside of the post and Hillier toe-poking an effort against the same upright.

The Blues finally added to their tally on 87 minutes, Wilson flicking home a header at the near post.

A minute later the striker neatly turned and shot home again to complete the rout.

Pompey Ladies: Sadie Blakely, Gemma Simmonds, Jade Kirby, Leeta Rutherford, Cally Beaumont, Kaylee Schumann-Edwards, Lucy Quinn, Kirsty McGee, Gemma Hillier, Shelly Cox, Nadine Bazan. Subs: Lysette Russell, Charley Wilson, Lauren Murphy