Pompey Ladies bounced back well from their opening-day defeat with a 4-2 win at Copsewood (Coventry) in the FA Women’s Premier League Cup on Sunday.
Lucy Quinn scored twice, with Molly Clark and Sarah Kempson also netting.
It was an important victory for the Blues after they lost 7-3 to Cardiff in their first southern division match of the season.
Boss Perry Northeast was pleased to see his team respond with a positive result.
He said: ‘It was good to bounce straight back.
‘With the quality players we have in the squad it would have been hard to take to lose both our first two matches.
‘After the Cardiff defeat we were very keen to get a good positive result at Copsewood.
‘We scored four goals but we are still not quite at our best just yet.’
Clark opened the scoring when her superb low drive beat the home keeper.
Five minutes later, Copsewood hit back to level.
Nicola Foskett picked up the ball in the Pompey half and sped forward, beating defender Jodie Goodall and then finding the back of the net.
The lively Quinn, who has had her opening day red card rescinded, was denied by a great double save.
But she was soon on target when her deep cross flew over the home keeper and nestled in the net.
Copsewood showed their battling quality as they made it 2-2 just three minutes after the restart.
Foskett spotted Blakely off her line and chipped the ball home.
With both teams going for the victory, the match became a very open contest.
But Pompey gradully began to take control and, with 18 minutes to go, Quinn ran clear to slide the ball past the keeper.
On 81 minutes, Pompey wrapped up their 4-2 victory.
Kempson fired a 30-yard strike into the net via a deflection.
Northeast felt the home side made it a tough test for his team.
He said: ‘All credit to Copsewood.
‘We were fairly dominant but they never would give up.’
Leeta Rutherford has rejoined the Blues from FA Women’s Super League side Millwall and featured at centre-back on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Pompey Ladies host Lewes at Love Lane, the home of Petersfield Town in the FA Women’s Premier League southern division tomorrow (7.30pm).
Lewes have started the season well. They beat Southampton Saints 5-1 on Sunday in the cup, after a 2-0 home victory against Plymouth in the league.
Pompey Ladies: Sadie Blakely, Jess Frampton (Tiff Taylor 74) Nadine Bazan, Chloe Dark (Shannon Sievwright 80), Leeta Rutherford, Jodie Goodall, Sarah Kempson, Molly Clark (Ellie Bloomfield 84), Gemma Hillier, Lucy Quinn