Pompey Ladies show county class against Shanklin

Sarah Kempson netted twice for Pompey Ladies. Picture: Jordan Hampton
Sarah Kempson netted twice for Pompey Ladies. Picture: Jordan Hampton
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Pompey Ladies moved into the semi-finals of the Hampshire FA Challenge Cup with a 6-0 win against Isle of Wight side Shanklin.

Sarah Kempson scored twice and Molly Clark, Ellie Bloomfield, Ini Umotong and Charley Wilson were also on target for the Blues.

Pompey will host Poole in the semi-final, with Southampton Saints making the trip to Andover New Street on Sunday, February 15 in the other last-four battle.

Boss Perry Northeast was pleased with the way his side approached the match against Shanklin.

The island side play a division below the Blues in the FA Women’s Premier League.

But Pompey, who are defending the trophy, were certainly not going to take the opposition lightly.

Northeast said: ‘The players went about the game in a professional manner.

‘The goals were shared around.

‘We did start the game well – moving the ball around nicely.

‘The goals came early in both halves and that was pleasing.

‘We got two early goals in the first half and two early goals in the second half.’

Kempson fired Pompey Ladies ahead, before Umotong hit the second goal.

Shanklin fought well for the rest of the first half and were still in the match despite being 2-0 down at half-time.

But Pompey stepped up a gear again in the second half.

Midfielders Bloomfield and Clark netted to make it 4-0.

The gloss was added to the win when Wilson made it five and Kempson completed the 6-0 success with a penalty.

Northeast was pleased to see the goals shared around, with midfielders chipping in along with strikers Umotong and Wilson.

He added: ‘Sarah Kempson played well. She enjoys scoring goals, so it was nice for her to get two.

‘Ellie scored her first goal of the season and Molly Clark’s strike was fantastic.

‘She took a touch and rifled the ball into the top corner.’

The match was switched to Park Community School, in Havant, on the 3G surface.

That helped ensure the teams were not frustrated by the rain that has left many of the area’s grass pitches not looking in the best of shape.

‘I could not see the game being on if we had been using a grass pitch,’ said Northeast.

‘Park Community School is where we train.

‘It was approved and we’re glad we did get the game on.’

Pompey were due to face QPR next – in the FA Women’s Premier League southern division on Sunday.

But the London side had their cup match postponed at the weekend.

It will be rescheduled for this coming Sunday instead of the league game.

Pompey are hoping they will be able to rearrange a league match – possibly against either Charlton or Gillingham.