Reed and Murray blast City to derby joy
GOALS from Jack Reed and Sam Murray gave City of Portsmouth a 2-0 derby win over Southampton seconds in Hampshire League division one.
It was a first success of the season for the team and lifted them up to ninth in the table.
City soon had the ball in the net following a quick move down the right.
Stuart Avery crossed the ball for Rob Boswell to touch home.
But the effort was unfortunately ruled out for a slight deflection off his leg.
It was not long until City took the lead.
A long aerial pass released Reed who drove into the D before calmly slotting the ball home.
Goalkeeper Ed Smyth kept City ahead with a couple of sharp saves and man-of-the match Jez Bulled contributed to the impressive defensive display with a crucial intervention.
City’s nerves were calmed after the break when great work by Reed set up Murray to sweep the ball past the keeper.
Captain Boswell said: ‘It was not a pretty match but the result was the most important thing.
‘We have a game against University of Portsmouth next.
‘Results will come if we keep it simple, do the basics well and have better discipline than our opponents.’
City seconds lost 3-1 to Fareham fifth team in division three.
Alex Williams scored for the Portsmouth side.
In division six, the City thirds lost 10-0 to Winchester fifth team.
But there was a win for the fourth team who beat Fleet & Ewshot fourths 3-1.
Tristan Barnes, Matt Butler-Keating and skipper Paul Barnes got the goals for City.
Kate Green and Becky Clay scored to give City of Portsmouth Ladies a 2-2 draw against Gosport Borough in Hampshire League division two.
The City second team lost 5-2 at Havant fourths in division five.
Lindsay McConnell scored on her debut and Michelle Hughes got the second.
City under-12s shone with a 4-0 win against Woking.