Perry Northeast praised hat-trick hero Ini Umotong after she helped Pompey Ladies crush Larkhall 7-1 in the first round of the FA Women’s Premier League Cup.
It wasn’t as easy as the victory margin sounds, with Larkhall level at 1-1 for a long spell in the first half.
But Pompey turned on the style in the second half.
Summer-signing Umotong led the way, while Shannon Sievwright scored twice.
Charley Wilson and Molly Clark were also on the mark as the southern division side marched on in the competition.
Northeast felt Umotong’s finishing was excellent against Larkhall.
He was also delighted to see she showed plenty of excellent team play, including providing an assist for Sievwright when others would have tried to go for glory.
‘Ini is a fox in the box,’ said Northeast.
‘She was making her first start and got a hat-trick. She is a threat from corners and scores all types of goals.
‘One of the best things is the unselfishness.
‘She was on a hat-trick and had a 60-40 chance where it was 60 per cent better to pass it and 40 per cent to shoot.
‘Ini choose to put the ball across for Shannon Sievwright to tap it in.
‘It showed a very unselfish side to her game which is really nice.’
Pompey started well and Jess Frampton drew an early save out of Larkhall keeper Niki O’Connell.
The Blues then moved ahead on 11 minutes.
Eilidh Currie crossed the ball in from the left and Wilson was in the right place to score at the near post.
However, the south west division one outfit levelled when Emily Hannington’s cross floated over Pompey keeper Sadie Blakely into the net.
With half-time approaching, Blues midfielder Clark fired an unstoppable volley into the net.
The home side tightened their grip on the contest early in the second half.
Sievwright netted with a powerful strike from five yards out on 48 minutes.
Umotong then slid home Pompey’s fourth goal after a good assist from Wilson.
Larkhall had no answer to the slick attacking play from the home side.
And on 65 minutes the Blues got their fifth goal.
Clark swung the ball in and Umotong made it two for her with a fine header.
Umotong turned provided for Pompey’s sixth, with a strong forward run and an accurate cross for Sievwright to thump home from 12 yards out.
The final goal was scored by Umotong, when she picked up a ball through the midfield and composed herself before finishing well to crown a fine performance.
POMPEY LADIES: Blakely, Taylor, Currie, Goodall, Rutherford, (Dark, 56mins) Bloomfield, Clark, Sievwright, Frampton (Bazan, 67mins), Wilson (Hillier, 67mins), Umotong. Unused subs: Kempson, Quinn