Northeast delighted with clinical display from Pompey Ladies

Lucy Quinn scored twice
Lucy Quinn scored twice
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Perry Northeast was delighted with an exhibition of high-class finishing as Pompey Ladies thumped West Ham 6-2 on Sunday.

The Blues responded superbly to their 4-0 loss at Coventry seven days earlier.

They were in clinical form against the Hammers – powering into a 5-0 lead in the first half.

To their credit, the London side battled on and got two goals back in the second half, with Pompey adding one more to the tally.

Joint Blues boss Northeast said the players showed a good reaction to the tough defeat against FA Premier League southern division title-chasers Coventry.

He also felt the finishing on show from the home side was very impressive.

‘It was a bit of a turnaround in fortunes from the Coventry match the weekend prior,’ said Northeast.

‘To use the old cliche – it was done by half-time.

‘We were 5-0 up at the break and we scored some fantastic goals – from some great team play.’

Pompey took the lead early on when Sarah Kempson scored a penalty.

Lucy Quinn then netted twice and Nadine Bazan, Gemma Hillier and Gemma Simmonds also struck.

Northeast said: ‘Lucy’s first goal was well worked.

‘It was a set pattern of play from a wide area, neatly finished. We’ve been working on that exact phase in training.’

‘Her second goal was a wonderful free-kick.

‘Nadine then got an absolute dream goal from 25 yards out – her first goal for the club.

‘She has been threatening to score for weeks

‘I don’t think she knew how to celebrate, she was in that much shock!

‘She deserved that goal.

‘Gemma Hillier scored after great link-up play with Gemma Simmonds.

‘Then Gemma Simmonds made it six with a great, great finish.’

West Ham pulled two goals back before the end.

Northeast felt there were some lessons to be learned as a result of that.

He added: ‘The players took their foot of their gas.

‘We needed to see the game out a bit better.

‘Perhaps the lesson to be learned is that when it is a bit warm, we need to control the ball and the tempo of the game.

‘We could have done that a bit better in the second half.’

Teenage defender Zoe Saunders made her full debut for Pompey and was highly impressive alongside the experienced Kaylee Schumann-Edwards at centre-back.

The Blues are back in action on Sunday when they take on Coventry in their final match of the season.

It promises to be a good match at Furze Lane (2pm).

Coventry need a win to lift the title, while Pompey are still chasing a top-three finish.