Gomez hits late double to give Portsmouth dramatic Hampshire Women’s League win against Trojans
Sofia Gomez struck twice in a pulsating finale as Portsmouth 1sts maintained their Hampshire Women’s Premier Division title challenge.
A last-gasp penalty gave Portsmouth a 3-2 win at Trojans and kept them five points adrift of new leaders New Forest and three behind second-placed Basingstoke.
And the city club travel to both of those teams in the next few weeks - to Basingstoke on February 22 and to New Forest on March 7.
After a forgettable first half, Katie Poulson-Pond opened the scoring for Portsmouth when she prodded home a Katie Spooner shot.
But the visitors hardly had time to celebrate before a swift counter attack by Trojans saw them level.
Moving into the last five minutes, Portsmouth retook the lead when Gomez scrambled home from close range.
For the second time, Trojans instantly replied.
But Gomez had the final say, cooly converting a penalty after the ball was stopped illegally by a foot on the line.
Nicola Puckett fired Portsmouth 2nds ahead against Trojans 4ths
In a feisty encounter, Trojans levelled before half-time via a penalty corner.
Portsmouth’s hard-working efforts of the first half came back to haunt them in the second, with tired legs allowing Trojans to take control and eventually win 2-1.
Portsmouth 3rds won 2-0 against Bournemouth.
A feature of the success was some beautiful triangles and strong runs from Katie Allard and Jessica Attrill.
Goals came from a short corner and a conversion from Mandy Wood.
Florence Di Marco and Amy Moore were voted joint players of the match as Portsmouth 4ths were beaten 4-0 by Haslemere.
Portsmouth fell behind early on, and required Isabel Slack and Emma Hand to produce some goal-line clearances to avoid conceding further goals.
Gen Wibberley, Andrea Barnes and Di Marco impressed in the second half, and Michelle Hughes set up Jemma Gard to shoot just wide.
Laura Armitage struck her first goal of the season as Portsmouth 5ths conceded three goals in each half to crash 6-1 to Trojans.
Quick breaks from Victoria Allard, Amy Rook and Verity Mcstay saw Portsmouth win several short corners which they couldn’t convert in the first half.