Pompey Ladies unfortunate not to bag victory at Coventry United

Perry Northeast. Picture: Paul Jacobs
Perry Northeast. Picture: Paul Jacobs
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A good performance from Pompey Ladies left manager Perry Northeast pleased – although he felt they were unfortunate not to pick up all three points from their trip to Coventry United.

The Blues opened the scoring in the first half, with a goal from Gemma Hillier.

But Coventry battled back through Amber Hughes to level in the second half and secure a point.

Northeast was happy with the way his team set about the task.

They were lively going forward in the first half and could have added more goals to their tally.

But the Blues boss felt a few marginal offside decisions may have gone against the team.

He said: ‘I’m a bit disappointed we didn’t take all three points.

‘The first half was a cracking half of football.

‘We should have been more than one up at half-time.

‘But we only got the one goal and were punished for that in the second half.

‘Gemma Hillier got one goal and had one disallowed as well.

‘That was a dubious decision.

‘We also had other good chances.

‘Sometimes we needed to make a slightly better decision.

‘If we had taken one more chance when we had our noses in front it would have made a big difference.’

Pompey took the lead in the 17th minute.

Hillier picked up an excellent pass from Sarah Kempson and was able to score with a precise finish.

Nigerian international Ini Umotong went close to adding a second for Pompey on two occasions before the break.

Hillier was also denied a second when she was adjudged offside by the officials.

In the second half Pompey started well and Shannon Sievwright was thwarted by the home keeper.

Coventry skipper Natasha Lynch then blocked an Umotong effort.

The hosts battled their way back into the game when Hughes netted at the far post on 52 minutes to make it 1-1.

Coventry managed to up their performance level from there.

They pressed for a winner but Pompey responded well and had a strong finish to the match.

Kempson went close and Rutherford was just denied a chance to score.

It was a marked difference to the result when Pompey beat Coventry United 5-1 at Privett Park in the reverse fixture on September 6.

Since then Coventry have climbed to fifth in the table and beat second-placed Cardiff away 3-0 in their previous outing.

Pompey Ladies travel to Charlton on Sunday for another tough league match.

Meanwhile, the Blues will play AFC Stoneham at home on November 15 in the Hampshire FA Challenge Cup.