Stand-in stopper McMillan hailed for Pompey Ladies’ point

Fiona McMillan deputised in goal and helped Pompey Ladies to a point at Barnet    Picture: Joe Pepler/Portsmouth FC
Fiona McMillan deputised in goal and helped Pompey Ladies to a point at Barnet Picture: Joe Pepler/Portsmouth FC
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Vanessa Raynbird hailed stand-in keeper Fiona McMillan after she handed Pompey Ladies a point at Barnet.

Defender McMillan was drafted between the sticks following an injury to regular keeper Sadie Blakely at Underhill.

And McMillan was the hero late on with a top-drawer stop to ensure her side picked up a 2-2 draw in the Premier League national division.

Pompey were twice pegged back by their opponents after goals from Jemma Tewkesbury and Kirsty McGee had given them the advantage.

They shipped an equaliser with eight minutes left and the Blues were holding on at the end as Barnet pressed for a winner.

But then came McMillan’s super stop to salvage a return for her side.

Pompey were left fearing the worst for Blakely as she picked up a nasty knee injury after bravely denying a Barnet player.

Raynbird revealed the problem was not as bad as first feared, although Blakely still faces a period on the sidelines.

The Pompey Ladies boss also heaped praise on McMillan for being gutsy enough to take over in goal – and then pull out all the stops with her save.

Raynbird said: ‘It was a dramatic end to the game.

‘Sadie injured her knee going out for a through ball with their player.

‘It looked a bad one but, luckily, it’s just badly bruised. Fiona took over from Sadie and made a brilliant stop to keep us in it.

‘It was a great shot but she watched it and flew up to tip it on to the bar.

‘We said it was one for the cameras, but it was a great save – their manager had her head in her hands.

‘We were really pleased for her that she pulled it off after being brave enough to go in goal.’

Raynbird was happy with a point from the game against the side struggling at the foot of the national division table – a false position, according to the Pompey boss.

She said: ‘We have to be fairly pleased. They are struggling but are better than where they are.

‘We’re quite pleased with how things are going.’