Saints see off Brislington

By SFC Media Sun 01 Sep Womens Team
Photo by Isabelle Field

Southampton FC Women continued their 100% record in the FA National League this season with a 5-0 drubbing of Brislington at AFC Totton on Sunday afternoon.

First-half goals from Kelly Fripp and Georgie Freeland put Saints in control, with Ella Pusey adding a late brace to seal the three points on a comfortable afternoon for Marieanne Spacey-Cale's side.

Shannon Sievwright put the gloss on the victory with the pick of the goals in stoppage time from 30 yards.

 

Saints asserted their dominance early on and came close to the opener in the sixth minute when a towering Pusey header was cleared off the line following a corner.

 

It wasn't long before the home side took the lead, following some slick build-up play, which resulted in Pusey winning a free-kick on the edge of the Brislington box.

 

Sievwright's set-piece was palmed away by the keeper, but the ball fell kindly for Fripp who struck confidently into the corner.

Kirsty Whitton and Kelly Fripp celebrate Saints' opener at AFC Totton

It was one-way traffic thereafter, as Spacey-Cale's side carved the opposition open on several occasions without the reward of a second goal.

 

Alisha Ware was guilty of spurning the chance to double the lead having been found with an incisive ball from Kirsty Whitton; the keeper smothering the eventual shot.

 

Whitton then played through the lively looking Pusey, who looked composed when squaring up to Powell in the Brislington goal, but the striker contrived to slam her effort against the post.

 

Saints did make a decisive second blow shortly before the break, though, with some excellent pressing from the front. Pusey pressured Brislington keeper Powell into passing the ball straight to the feet of Georgie Freeland, whose first time effort looped into an open goal.

Caitlin Morris battles for possession

The half-time break did little to stem the flow of chances coming Southampton's way. Freeland was unfortunate to see her curling effort from the edge of the area sail just over the bar shortly after the restart.

 

Then, with ten minutes left on the clock, Saints earned themselves a penalty after Albuery was hacked down in the area. In-form Pusey stepped up and confidently sent the keeper the wrong way to provide Saints with a third.

The hosts were still in the mood for more goals as the game was reaching its conclusion; in particular late substitute Chloe Newton who twice came close. Newton flashed a shot narrowly wide and then went equally close with an audacious volley from outside the area.

Moments later, Pusey registered her second of the afternoon with a well-taken strike from inside the area, leaving the keeper stranded.

Sievwright got herself on the scoresheet with one of the last kicks of the game, beating the keeper from 30 yards to put a seal on a comfortable win.

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