Umotong and George hit goal trail for Pompey Ladies in one-sided county cup tie

Ini Umotong scored eight goals against Charlton
Ini Umotong scored eight goals against Charlton
Pompey and Fulham drew 3-3. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey boss disappointed not to get victory

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STRIKERS Ini Umotong and Katie George cashed in as Pompey Ladies ran riot against AFC Stoneham in the Hampshire FA Challenge Cup second round clash.

The FA Premier League southern division Blues scored 18 goals without reply.

‘They kept doing the right things and working to the patterns we had developed in training. If they hadn’t shown the right attitude it would have been 10-0.

Perry Northeast

Stoneham play in the Hampshire County League and are bottom of the table with five defeats from five games.

But with a development squad fixture scheduled for the same day the Blues were forced to field the majority of their first team.

So it was simply a case of trying to keep their attitude professional.

George, 16, did just that. She scored her first senior goal and went on to finish with five strikes to her name.

Nigeria international Umotong netted eight times.

Tash Stevens, Paige Atkinson, Lucy Quinn and Sarah Kempson also scored, with an own goal completing the tally.

With no obvious answer to making the county cup games fairer, Northeast was happy with the way his talented young team acquitted themselves.

Stevens, Atkinson and George are three new players now forcing their way into the first-team fold and they took their chance to shine.

Northeast said: ‘Our players didn’t take their foot off the gas.

‘You have to give them credit for that.

‘They kept doing the right things and working to the patterns we had developed in training.

‘If they hadn’t shown the right attitude it would have been 10-0.

‘Katie scored three of the first five goals and it was a period when the opposition were still in the game.

‘I think Tash’s goal was excellent. It was a very well-worked team goal and a fantastic one-touch finish.

‘Paige Atkinson got a good goal as well.’

The Blues were 10-0 up at the break and continued to score regularly throughout the second half.

But it’s clear the structure of the county cup competition needs to be looked at again.

Northeast added: ‘It’s not fair on the opposition, and not fair on the quality of players that we have.

‘We have tried to address it. We’ve asked if we could put our development team into it.

‘The scheduling makes that impossible.

‘We usually have a development team fixture on the same day.

‘But the Hampshire Cup is a first team competition. If we don’t play our first team it means they don’t have any match action for two weeks.

‘We have a big game away at Spurs on Sunday and you have to make sure the players stay match sharp.

‘Midweek games could be the answer.

‘We have a rich tradition in the Hampshire Cup and we have always respected it.

‘Hopefully we can find a solution.’