Saints edged out by Pompey

By SFC Media Sun 20 Jan Womens Team
Photo by James Bridle

Southampton FC Women came close to springing an upset in the Hampshire FA Challenge Cup, before being edged out 2-1 in the quarter-finals by south coast rivals Portsmouth.

Saints travelled to their opponents, who play two tiers above them, on Sunday afternoon, as the sides faced each other at PMC Stadium in front of a crowd of 546.

Saints made a dream start, taking the lead after 18 minutes.

Georgie Freeland was the creator, flicking the ball into the path of Chloe Newton, who showed great strength and composure to hold off a defender and slot into the bottom corner.

The goal gave Saints a precious lead at the break, putting the pressure onto the hosts.

It looked for a while as if it might be enough to send the visitors into the semi-finals, but Portsmouth levelled the match on 69 minutes.

Rachel Panting got down the line and drove in a low cross that was met by Shannon Albuery to slot home.

There was little to separate the sides after that, and in the end the match was decided by a fine goal, as Albuery played the ball to Alex Collighan on the edge of the area on 81 minutes and she curled a shot into the top corner.

Despite the disappointment, Saints were able to reflect on an impressive display against their more established opponents.

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