Collighan and Albuery fire Portsmouth Women to win against Southampton

Shannon Albuery celebrates scoring for Portsmouth Women against Southampton. Picture: Jordan Hampton
Shannon Albuery celebrates scoring for Portsmouth Women against Southampton. Picture: Jordan Hampton
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Alex Collighan hit a dramatic winner as Portsmouth Women came from behind to beat Southampton 2-1.

The victory took the Blues into the semi-finals of the Hampshire Cup.

Collighan got the decisive goal in the final 10 minutes of the match.

Earlier visitors Southampton had gained the advantage in the 19th minute.

But Shannon Albuery cancelled that one out when she scored to make it 1-1 on 70 minutes.

Then the late drama as Collighan’s goal kept Pompey Women on course to make it 11 successive Hampshire Cup wins.

Alex Collighan is delighted after scoring what proved to be the Pompey winner against Southampton. Picture: Jordan Hampton

Alex Collighan is delighted after scoring what proved to be the Pompey winner against Southampton. Picture: Jordan Hampton

It was a good crowd of 546 as the home fans cheered the Blues on to a much-cherished victory over the south-coast rivals at the PMC Stadium.

Pompey boss Jay Sadler was absolutely delighted with his team and praised the support.

He said: ‘What a team performance that was.

‘I’m incredibly proud of each and every one of them.

‘Also, a huge thanks to our supporters, that roar at the end.’

Southampton struck the first blow of the match.

Georgie Freeland managed to flick the ball to Chloe Newton, who showed her strength and power as she slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

After the break Pompey were able to recover and start to fightback.

Albuery was able to get into the a good position to turn home a cross from Rachel Panting.

That lifted the home crowd and the players who went in search of the winner.

Katie James whipped in a dangerous free-kick from wide on the left, which was well claimed by keeper Kayla Rendell.

But soon it was 2-1 on 82 minutes.

Albuery was the provider this time as she laid the ball back for Collighan to curl a superb shot into the top corner from the edge of the area to win the match.