Pompey Ladies sink Spurs to finish year on a high

Charley Wilson, left, and Ini Umotong, right, celebrate. Picture: Jordan Hampton
Charley Wilson, left, and Ini Umotong, right, celebrate. Picture: Jordan Hampton
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An emphatic 4-1 win against Spurs was a fitting end to a superb 2014 for Pompey Ladies.

Boss Perry Northeast saw his team make it 12 wins from 13 matches, since their opening-day defeat to Cardiff.

Ini Umotong scored twice, with Molly Clark and Charley Wilson also on the mark for the Blues in the FA Women’s Premier League southern division clash.

It was a convincing win for Pompey after the two teams drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture in October.

Northeast felt it was an excellent performance from his side.

He said: ‘It was a great way to cap off the year for us.

‘We were expecting it to be a tricky game but the players excelled.

‘I challenged the players to go out there and dominate physically in the first 10 minutes.

‘We did that and the goals came at the right time for us.’

Pompey started well and were 2-0 up in just 22 minutes.

A slick passing move released Clark on the edge of the box and she fired her shot low into the bottom corner to make it 1-0.

Wilson then outmuscled a Spurs defender and teed up Umotong to net.

Spurs replied immediately to reduce their deficit on 23 minutes.

A cross looped into the net after taking a deflection off Shannon Sievwright.

Northeast was impressed with the quality of the goals his team scored to forge ahead before Spurs’ reply.

He said: ‘We’ve been working on patterns in training and it’s really nice to see them come off in the matches as well.

‘The first goal was a nice cross from Jess Frampton and Ini set it back for Molly who scored with a low, driven, controlled strike. It was fantastic play.

‘Charley Wilson set up the second goal with good approach play.

‘Ini had a bit to do but she volleyed it out of the air.

‘When Spurs scored, I don’t think there was too much panic.’

Pompey extended their lead to 3-1 on 48 minutes.

Wilson headed home to put the hosts in command.

Then Umotong grabbed her second on 63 minutes to complete the scoring.

Spurs failed to clear a corner before the striker fired home.

Northeast added: ‘Charley scored a great header after a fantastic ball from Molly and Ini’s second goal was an opportunistic strike.

‘They are two strikers who give the defenders no rest.

‘The Spurs defenders can be quite bullish but they were up against two of the toughest strikers in this league.’

Pompey are now fourth in the division, three points off the top, with two games in hand on leaders Brighton.

They go to Gillingham next on Sunday, January 4.

POMPEY LADIES: Blakely, Frampton, Bazan, Rutherford, Currie, Sievwright, Clark, Kempson, Quinn (Jeal, 88mins), Wilson (Dark, 77mins), Umotong (Newsome, 83mins). Unused subs: Bloomfield, Keen.