Ladies aim to put on a show against City

Kirsty McGee, left, struck the winner against City last time
Kirsty McGee, left, struck the winner against City last time
Macauley Bonne, left, in action for Colchester United earlier in his career

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Pompey Ladies are aiming to put on a show and step up their bid for league cup glory on Sunday.

Vanessa Raynbird’s side welcome Manchester City to Westleigh Park (1pm).

It promises to be a dramatic contest, with Pompey having come out on top in the Premier League national division clash between the sides earlier this season.

Vice-captain Kirsty McGee got the winner to seal a 3-2 success in Manchester.

More of the same would make for a thrilling afternoon for the fans who turn out to cheer the Blues on – including Linvoy Primus, who will be present as he backs the club’s bid to achieve Super League status.

Tantalisingly, Pompey know a win would send them into a last-eight meeting against strugglers Barnet.

Overcome that, and they would face a winnable semi-final against Blackburn or Aston Villa.

‘We have a massive incentive for this game,’ said Raynbird.

‘Leeds and Sunderland are the two big-hitters.

‘They have already made the semi-finals and have been drawn together.

‘We know we are capable of beating the teams we have been drawn against but we must do the job on Sunday first.

‘Manchester City are supported well by their men’s team.

‘We are hoping it is a good spectacle and lots of people will come along to watch.

‘It was 2-2 up there with a minute on the clock and then Kirsty McGee won it for us.

‘Hopefully it is the same outcome but not quite as close this time.

‘Manchester City will want to redress what they have not got against us in the league.’

It’s vital for Pompey to hit back after their miserable FA Cup loss to southern division Yeovil last weekend.

They missed out on a chance to face a Super League side in the latter stages of that competition.

But the league cup is for premier league sides only and that is the added carrot for Raynbird and her troops.

She said: ‘The FA Cup was not a good day but that is gone now.

‘We have a chance of winning the league cup.

‘This match is a good opportunity to put things right.’

Admission for adults is £2 on Sunday at Westleigh Park, with under-16s getting in free.