Dominant City beat Gillingham

City of Portsmouth earned a convincing 3-0 win. Picture: Keith Woodland
City of Portsmouth earned a convincing 3-0 win. Picture: Keith Woodland
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Goals from Stu Avery, Luke Parsons and Ivan Boswell ensured City of Portsmouth earned a 3-0 victory against Gillingham.

The men’s first team faced the trip knowing it could prove to be a vital fixture as they continue to look for promotion this season.

City were uncharacteristically slower out of the blocks and Gillingham created a few early chances.

Once settled into the game the City side began to assert themselves and got the opener with a reverse stick effort from Luke Parsons.

City created further chances but were unable to capitalise until a well-worked move between Freddie Steel and Ivan Boswell saw Stu Avery free to beat the Gillingham keeper.

The second half began with high intensity from both sides as Gillingham chased the game.

A myriad of confusing decisions saw the City keeper yellow carded and a penalty stroke awarded to Gillingham.

City defended well Jez Bulled with donning the keeper’s kit and stepping into the goal to strongly save the effort of the Gillingham forward.

City then played a period of the match with a kicking back as their first choice keeper put his pads back on and stepped back between the posts.

City managed this period of play well and despite the odds being against them maintained their two goal lead, frustrating their opponents.

City went on to pile the pressure on their opponents creating multiple opportunities, sadly not netted until Boswell flicked high into the Gillingham net.

Man of the match was awarded to Bulled.

City men’s second team saw off Gosport with a 5-3 victory at home.

Man of the match was awarded to Jon Farmer.

The City under 14-boys beat Petersfield with a good performance to win 8-2.

City of Portsmouth Ladies second team lost 1-0 to Yateley.

Player of the match was awarded to Sam Pat.

The ladies first team suffered a 1-0 loss to Trojans.

City under-14 girls faced Middleton away and put in a fantastic performance.

The entire team displayed a brilliant work rate and emerged with a well-deserved 11-1 victory.