Umotong celebrates Nigeria call-up as Pompey Ladies reach cup final

Ini Umotong celebrates scoring against Poole. Picture: Jordan Hampton
Ini Umotong celebrates scoring against Poole. Picture: Jordan Hampton
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Ini Umotong is celebrating after landing an international call-up for Nigeria and helping to fire Pompey Ladies into a cup final.

The prolific striker scored twice as the Blues beat Poole Town 7-0 on Sunday in the semi-final of the Hampshire FA Challenge Cup.

That came after she was named in a 36-strong squad to attend a training camp for Nigeria.

The news caps a great time for Umotong who has enjoyed a sensational season so far with Pompey Ladies.

She said: ‘It’s always been my dream to play international football.

‘I was so excited when I got the call. So happy.

‘It will be a great experience.

‘I have got an official invite for the one-month camp.

‘It looks like I will go for two weeks of it. It will be the second two weeks because I’m studying at university.

‘The camp starts on Sunday and runs until March 22.’

The 36 players selected for the camp will be aiming to make an impression for the 11th All-Africa Games qualifiers, the 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals.

Umotong’s two goals against Poole took her amazing tally to 20 in 12 matches for the Blues.

Lucy Quinn also struck two goals for Pompey.

Gemma Hillier, Leeta Rutherford and Jess Frampton completed the scoring for the Blues with one goal each.

Victory ensured a place in the final against rivals Southampton Saints.

Umotong opened the scoring in the third minute, catching the Poole defence flat and lifting the ball over the advancing goalkeeper.

The striker doubled her tally with Pompey’s second on 17 minutes, slotting the ball inside the post.

Two minutes later, Gemma Hillier got the third with Umotong delivering the assist.

Rutherford got on the scoresheet to make it 4-0 on 25 minutes.

The Blues centre-back was up for a corner and managed to direct the ball home.

After the break, substitute Frampton scored within three minutes.

Pompey got their sixth goal on 53 minutes. Quinn cut inside and blasted the ball inside the far post.

She then netted her second after a slick team move to complete the 7-0 success.

‘It’s exciting to be through to the final,’ added Umotong.

‘The season in general is going really well.’

Southampton Saints beat Andover New Street 9-0 in the other semi-final.

Meanwhile, Pompey Ladies travel to Copsewood (Coventry) in the FA Women’s Premier League southern division on Sunday.

Pompey Ladies: Blakely, James, Taylor (Frampton, 45), Rutherford, Bazan, Quinn, Clark, Sievwright (Kempson, 54), Dark, Umotong (Bloomfield, 54), Hillier. Unused sub: Currie