Report: Saints 7-1 Larkhall

By SFC Media Sun 03 Nov Womens Team
Photo by Matt Watson

A second double hat-trick in as many weeks, this time courtesy of Ella Pusey and Sofia Pharoah, inspired Saints Women to a triumphant 7-1 win over Larkhall Athletic at the Snows Stadium.

Saints number nine Pusey scored two before the break, sandwiched by a double from Sofia Pharoah, to cancel out a Larkhall opener in the fifth minute.

Pusey then completed her hat-trick in the 77th minute, with the visitors contributing to their own downfall through an unfortunate own goal just before Pusey’s third.

There was still enough time for Pharoah to complete her trio of finishes, through a fine curling effort with a minute to go to make it seven.

The afternoon didn’t start off as planned for Saints, falling behind in the fifth minute to an audacious chip from Larkhall’s Robbins who made the most of a defensive mix-up.

Southampton looked for an immediate response after just two minutes, Morris being played down the wing and forcing Nicki O’Connel into a good save.

The hosts had a further chance from the resulting corner; Kirsty Whitton finding space at the back post but firing just over.

Saints had the ball in the back of the net in the 26th minute; Shannon Sievwright picking out Ella Pusey who slotted home, only for the linesman to raise his flag.

It was another five minutes before Southampton went close again; Pusey again involved having her effort from a corner cleared off the line.

A minute later, it was all level. Sievwright picked up the ball in midfield before laying off to Morris who found an unmarked Pharoah in the box.

Sophia Pharoah wheels away after her equaliser.

Saints’ number twelve took a touch, turned, and fired an effort into the roof of the net to get Saints back into the game.

38 minutes played and the game had turned on its head; three Saints players beat the Larkhall offside trap and found themselves in behind, Pusey eventually the one who fired Southampton into the lead.

It seemed the screw had well and truly turned, with Saints’ third a minute later hitting this home; another Morris cross from the right finished off by Pharoah for her second of the afternoon.

Two minutes later and it was almost a carbon copy of the third, but this time Pusey was unable to do as Pharoah had done before as she hit wide with the goal gaping.

It wasn’t to matter, on the stroke of half time Pusey skipped past not one but two Larkhall defenders before slotting home a fourth.

Ella Morris is embraced by her teammates following an impressive first-half. 

Saints’ dominance continued into the second half with Morris, Pusey and Pharoah involved regularly once again.

The right-back whipped in an inch perfect ball which Pusey brought down inside the penalty area after 56 minutes.

What followed saw the ball cleared off the Larkhall line not once, but twice as Pharoah also had effort on the rebound.

After the hour mark Larkhall’s short lived second-half resistance fell; Ware’s cross from the left side was bundled into her own net by Amy Scrivens as Spacey-Cale’s side grabbed a fifth.

The visitors managed to keep Saints at bay for a large portion of the second 45; Sievwright coming closest to adding a sixth as she rattled the crossbar with a header in the 71st minute.

The skipper Shannon Sievwright rattled the crossbar in the second-half.

But in the 77th minute it was indeed; Pusey wrapping up her hattrick with a finish which can only be described as coolness personified

Morris again was involved firing in a ball from the right which found Pusey with acres of space inside the six-yard box, who then proceeded to floor the onrushing goalkeeper and finish into an open net.

With a minute to go, it was seven and the second hattrick of the day was completed; Pharoah picked up the ball on the edge of the Larkhall box and finished into the keeper's bottom right corner. 

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