Umotong continues goal spree as Pompey Ladies power to win at Blackburn

Charley Wilson, left, and Ini Umotong, centre, netted for Pompey Ladies. Picture: Jordan Hampton
Charley Wilson, left, and Ini Umotong, centre, netted for Pompey Ladies. Picture: Jordan Hampton
Blackpool's Kelvin Mellor , right, battles Sandro Semedo for the ball. Picture: PA Images

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Ini Umotong continued her remarkable form with a hat-trick as Pompey Ladies beat Blackburn 5-4 to reach the FA Women’s Cup fourth round.

The FA Premier League northern division hosts pushed Perry Northeast’s southern division Blues all the way.

Charley Wilson and Molly Clark also scored in a game that was played at breakneck pace as both teams thundered forward in search of a place in the fourth round.

Umotong has now scored in 10 successive matches for Pompey and netted two hat-tricks in two FA Cup games.

Boss Northeast felt his side were good value for the win.

He said: ‘We justed edged it. We were 1-0 up, 2-1 up, 4-2 up, and 5-3 up.

‘Blackburn wouldn’t lie down. It was like one of those movie guys, who you cannot kill. They just keep getting back up and you think “how are they doing it?”.

‘It was an incredible game of football.’

Pompey started the game well and Umotong opened the scoring early on.

Blackburn replied just four minutes later but Pompey regained the lead when striker Wilson beat the defence to go clear and score.

Once again Blackburn quickly recovered to make it 2-2 after 27 minutes.

After half-time, Pompey substitute Clark headed home for 3-2 and Umotong gave Northeast’s side some breathing space when she scored in the 51st minute with a cross-cum-shot.

Blackburn battled on to reduce the deficit, before Umotong completed her hat-trick to make it 5-3 to Pompey on 78 minutes.

But the hosts were still not finished and they pulled a goal back in the 90th minute.

Blues keeper Sadie Blakely and defender Eilidh Currie then combined with a stunning late intervention to prevent a replay.

Northeast praised a heroic effort.

He said: ‘Sadie made a save, followed by a magnificent block by Eilidh Currie.

‘Without that, it would have resulted in the game being 5-5.’

Northeast also felt the way the match was handled by the officials was a big plus.

‘The game was only allowed to be that much of a classic because of how well it was officiated,’ he added.

‘It was a wonderful FA Cup tie between two good footballing sides.

‘It was without controversy and that was the nicest part of it.

‘The match was played at a really high tempo and the referee did well to manage the game.’

Yesterday’s draw has rewarded Pompey with a home tie in the fourth round.

They will play either Eastern Region League premier division side Lowestoft or FA Women’s Super League side Millwall.

POMPEY LADIES: Blakely, Frampton, Bazan, Rutherford, Currie, Sievwright (Clark, 45), Bloomfield (Dark, 76), Quinn (Hillier, 67), Kempson, Wilson, Umotong.