Southampton FC Women extended their remarkable winning streak, which dates back to January, on Sunday afternoon with an impressive 6-0 victory over Ipswich at AFC Totton.
The fixture marked Saints’ first involvement in the FA Women’s National League Cup, having also recorded a 5-2 victory over Chesham United on the opening day of their new league campaign.
Striker Ella Pusey was once again among the goals, but teenager Alisha Ware stole the show from full-back, netting a hat-trick with goals either side of the break – the first of her fledgling senior career.
In truth, the hosts dominated from the off, and rewarded the AFC Totton crowd, who were basked in summer sunshine, with six very well-worked goals.
The first was scored by Pusey, who was twice on target last week, and matched her tally again against Ipswich. She was slid through one-on-one with the visiting keeper in the 16th minute, maintained her cool, before slotting neatly into the right hand corner.
Sophia Pharoah doubled Saints’ lead on the half-hour mark, slightly fortuitously, when her cross-cum-shot found the far corner of the net, before Ware grabbed her first of the afternoon seven minutes later, having been found by all-action midfielder Pharoah.
Pusey then teed up Ware for her second two minutes from the break, benefitting kindly from the rebound off Pharoah’s effort from distance. A 4-0 scoreline at half-time was unlikely to be chased down by a particularly young Ipswich side, but it continued to be one-way traffic in the second period.
Ware completed her treble in the 59th minute, owing much to the good work of Georgie Freeland down the right wing, before England youth international Phoebe Williams struck the pick of the bunch with 25 minutes remaining.
She picked the ball up on the edge of the area and unleashed a half-volley which rippled the top left corner of the net, securing Saints’ safe passage to the next round of the National League Cup.
It was a commanding performance from Marieanne Spacey-Cale’s side, who, two games in to 2019/20, have already registered 11 goals.