Everything clicked for Pompey Ladies as they swept aside Coventry United 5-1 in the FA Premier League southern division.
Perry Northeast’s side made it two wins from two tough league games.
We had a really good day at the office. The whole game plan came offPerry Northeast
They have certainly not been resting on their laurels since winning the title last season.
The hard work put in by the coaching staff and the players has so far paid off.
Gemma Simmonds scored twice, while Leeta Rutherford, Shannon Sievwright and Ini Umotong also netted for the Blues at Privett Park on Sunday.
Coventry, who topped the table going into the match, could not live with Pompey’s powerful attacking play.
Meanwhile, the home defence, led by an outstanding display from Rutherford, were dominant throughout the match.
‘We had a really good day at the office,’ said Northeast.
‘The whole game plan came off.
‘Both sides started brightly. We have to give Coventry credit, they did start well.
‘We knew set-pieces would really count and it was pleasing to see us score two goals from good deliveries.’
Pompey took a 2-1 lead into the half-time break.
Rutherford opened the scoring with a header from Molly Clark’s corner.
Coventry responded with a well-worked goal to level.
But Pompey went into the break ahead thanks to another set-piece.
Sievwright was in the right place to smash the ball home after Sarah Kempson’s ball into the box.
Northeast felt the game was still in the balance at the stage.
But he kept the team’s attacking set-up and was rewarded.
Strikers Charley Wilson and Umotong were too hot to handle for the Coventry defence and it was the latter who got the third goal.
Northeast added: ‘It could have gone one of two ways.
‘If Coventry had scored a second equaliser to make it 2-2 it would have been difficult.
‘We kept the two strikers on, with Ini and Charley creating havoc.
‘Ini knocked a goal in from six yards out and then at 3-1 up we were able to change it.
‘We took a forward off and bolstered the midfield.’
Again, that move proved successful as Simmonds burst forward from midfield to score twice.
‘We brought Gemma on and it worked really well against a tiring Coventry side,’ said Northeast.
‘Her late runs into the box were excellent and she couldn’t physically be picked up.
‘Gemma scored two great first-time finishes to see the game out.’
Pompey Ladies host QPR tomorrow night at Privett Park.
Meanwhile, midfielder Clark is recovering well after picking up an ankle injury against Coventry.