Clinical Pompey Ladies continue cup charge

Sarah Kempson netted for Pompey. Picture: Jordan Hampton
Sarah Kempson netted for Pompey. Picture: Jordan Hampton
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Pompey Ladies cruised into the fourth round of the FA Women’s Cup with a 3-0 success at home to Lewes.

Goals from Gemma Hillier, Charley Wilson and Sarah Kempson settled the contest in the first half.

The Blues will travel to either Crystal Palace or Derby County next.

The London side were unable to host their tie on Sunday due to the bad weather.

That means the two teams will try again this weekend in an effort to set up a home clash with the Blues after yesterday’s draw.

Derby are in the FA Women’s Premier League northern division, while Palace play in the London & South East Regional Football League.

Blues joint-bosses Katie Poore and Perry Northeast are delighted with the way their team are performing at the moment.

The victory against Lewes continued their 100-per-cent record in 2014.

They have scored 24 goals without conceding once.

Poore said: ‘We got the job done in the first half (against Lewes) but we still created more chances after the break.

‘All the shots from Lewes were from outside the area.

‘We looked really strong in defence and well organised.’

Midfielder Gemma Simmonds is becoming increasingly influential.

Meanwhile, striker Wilson delivered her usual all-action performance to give the Lewes defence a nightmare throughout.

‘Gemma had her best game for the club,’ said Poore.

‘She played behind the strikers and her work-rate was fantastic.

‘Gemma wins the ball back high up the pitch.

‘Charley also put in fantastic work-rate again and got her goal.

‘We are delighted with our form and looking forward to the next round.’

Pompey opened the scoring in the 13th minute.

Lucy Quinn got clear down the left and delivered a deep cross for Hillier to thunder a superb volley into the back of the net.

The Blues doubled their advantage on 20 minutes.

Striker Wilson confidently beat the Lewes keeper after some hesitant defending from the visitors.

The match was all but over on 35 minutes, when Kempson fired home a spectacular third goal.

She unleashed her trademark piledriver of a shot with her left foot that flashed into the net off the inside of the post.

Lewes were stunned and had to regroup at the break.

But Pompey were in no mood to allow them a route back into the contest.

The Blues travel to Basingstoke tomorrow for the Hampshire FA Challenge Cup semi-final.

Pompey Ladies: Sadie Blakely, Jess Frampton (Nadine Bazan 60mins), Fiona McMillan,

Lauren Murphy, Tiffany Taylor, Lucy Quinn,

Ellie Crabb (Becky Hunt 70mins) Gemma Simmonds, Sarah Kempson, Charlie Wilson,

Gemma Hillier (Naomi Greene 75mins). Unused Subs: Rhia Cox, Shannon Sievwright.