Northeast pleased with key success at strugglers

Gemma Hillier netted for the Blues at Keynsham.  Picture: Jordan Hampton
Gemma Hillier netted for the Blues at Keynsham. Picture: Jordan Hampton
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Pompey Ladies continued their FA Premier League southern division title charge with a 3-1 win at Keynsham on Sunday.

Gemma Hillier, Shannon Sievwright and Ini Umotong got the goals.

Blues boss Perry Northeast was pleased with the football his team played in parts of the game.

But it was a tough match with the hosts, who are bottom of the league, making it a difficult game.

‘We played well in spells and in patches,’ said Northeast.

‘At times we played some wonderful football, with good passing patterns.

‘But then at other times we were making hard work of it.’

The Blues came into the fixture on a high after their Hampshire Cup final success against Southampton Saints.

At Keynsham, they opened the scoring when Hillier struck.

Jess Frampton, operating as a winger, cut in from the wing before taking a shot, and the rebound fell kindly for Hillier,who made no mistake.

Keynsham keeper Elena Passare saved well with her legs to deny Tiff Taylor a goal as Pompey chased a second.

On 30 minutes they got their reward.

Sievwright lashed the ball into the top corner from 25 yards out, giving the Spanish keeper no chance.

Keynsham refused to give up, though.

They pulled a goal back when Blues defender Eilidh Currie was penalised for a foul in the box.

Justine Lorton-Radburn stepped up to take the resulting kick and sent keeper Sadie Blakely the wrong way.

The Blues then found themselves under the cosh for a spell.

But when it seemed they were in for a difficult final 10 minutes, striker Umotong powered through the home defence and netted to make it 3-1 to Northeast’s side.

It’s going to be a busy finish to the season for Pompey who are second in the table.

They are currently two points behind leaders Brighton, with a game in hand.

Next up for Northeast’s team is a trip to QPR on Thursday night for another important league battle (7.45pm).

Pompey Ladies: Blakely, Frampton, Bazan, Bloomfield (Clark 61), Taylor, Hillier, Wilson, Currie, Rutherford, Umotong (Dark 86), Sievwright (Kempson 74)