A superb performance from Pompey Ladies was rewarded with an emphatic 5-0 win at Gillingham in the FA Women’s Cup.
Boss Perry Northeast was delighted with the way his side played as they delivered an impressive margin of victory against their rivals from the FA Premier League southern division.
Ini Umotong hit a hat-trick, with her strike-partner Charley Wilson and winger Sarah Kempson scoring one goal each.
It means the Blues will travel to either Blackburn Rovers or Liverpool Marshall Feds in the third round on Sunday, February 1.
The match at Blackburn was postponed at the weekend, so Pompey are not yet sure of their last-16 opponents.
But the Blues are in great form and Northeast was delighted to see they picked up where they left off in 2014, with the sparkling demolition of the Gills.
He said: ‘It was a fantastic result and I was pleased with the performance overall as well.
‘We have to give credit to Ini for her hat-trick, obviously.
‘But it was great to get another clean sheet as well.
‘It would have been bitterly disappointing to concede a goal, so it was good we kept our concentration at the back.’
Umotong opened the scoring with a spectacular volley, following great build-up play and a fine cross from Lucy Quinn, on 11 minutes.
Wilson doubled the lead in the 27th-minute when she slotted the ball home after a counter-attack.
The killer third goal arrived soon after half-time.
Umotong dinked the ball over the keeper after winning possession off a Gillingham defender.
The Blues striker completed her hat-trick on the hour mark.
Wilson played the pass and Umotong was able to finish neatly with one touch.
Kempson then made it a five-star showing.
Nicolle Keen kept the ball alive with a header into the returning Gemma Hillier, who was making her comeback after a knee injury.
She played a lovely pass to Kempson, who did the rest with a low driven shot.
Gillingham fought hard throughout despite the heavy final margin.
Northeast added: ‘Like in any FA Cup fixture, league form gets put to one side.
‘We made an average start, with 20 minutes of grafting, trying to get the edge.
‘The first goal broke their spirits a little bit.
‘I wouldn’t say it was comfortable from there but we got into our stride and got our passing game going.
‘The third goal killed the game off but Gillingham’s young side showed a lot of spirit.’
Pompey Ladies: Blakely, Frampton, Bazan, Rutherford, Currie (Keen, 70mins), Sievwright (Bloomfield, 65mins), Clark, Kempson, Quinn, Wilson, Umotong (Hillier, 75mins)