Pompey Ladies stormed into the quarter-finals of the FA Women’s Premier League Cup with a 6-1 victory over Mossley Hill LFC.
Perry Northeast’s side clinically dispatched their Liverpool-based opposition courtesy of five different goalscorers.
Lucy Quinn (two), Sarah Kempson, Shannon Seivewright, Imi Umotong and Chloe Dark all netted in Sunday’s Test Lane fixture.
Only a 93rd-minute consolation prevented the Blues from recording a clean sheet, a fact which irked Northeast and his team.
Nonetheless, having defeated Larkhill in the previous round, Pompey are displaying fine form in the competition.
And Northeast is delighted with their latest victory.
He said: ‘Mossley are based in Northern division one, which is the equivalent of one league below us.
‘They made it tough for us too. They were tenacious and weren’t willing to bow down and let us bowl through in what was a big game for them.
‘The first 20 minutes was a case of two oppositions working each other out, but after a tough start our professionalism and individual ability carried us through.
‘In the end we won through some fantastic individual strikes from distance.
‘We actually grabbed our second just before the break and that allowed us to settle. Any time is a good to score a goal but there are certainly better times like that one, which deflated Mossley.
‘They still came out fighting in the second half but our fitness told, while using three substitutes with fresh legs didn’t affect how we played.
‘The annoying part was Mossley scored at the very end and the back four and keeper were rightly very upset and angry, venting their frustrations.
‘We all have to take the blame for that, usually I ask them to go 4-5-1 at the end of each half if winning but on this occasion they didn’t, while the players also switched off.
‘Everyone came off the pitch slightly disheartened, which may seem a bit strange having scored six goals and had five different scorers.
‘But we want things to be perfect and that is something we must all learn from.’
Sunday also saw Pompey Ladies’ development side slip to a 5-1 defeat at QPR Ladies reserves.
Northeast’s team are in Hampshire Cup action this weekend with a trip to face Boscombe (2pm).
The Blues boss added: ‘We’re itching to get back to league action but the Hampshire Cup is a great competition with a great heritage to it.
‘Boscombe obviously play in Dorset so I’m not sure how that works, but I have a few ideas on the side to put out against them.’