Pompey Retain the Cup
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Portsmouth Women 3 A.F.C. Bournemouth Women 0
After winning the 2020/21 Hampshire Football Association Women's Senior Cup after a nerve-racking penalty shoot-out against old rivals Southampton, Pompey retained the cup at the Silverlake Stadium, Eastleigh on 30th March 2022, but not without a few scares against Bournemouth. The victory was also Portsmouth's 13th Hampshire Women's Senior Cup triumph, a record which is unlikely to be broken.
Bournemouth looked to have taken the lead very early in the game when Becki Bath hit the Pompey crossbar after a long upfield run, her shot gaining a deflection on the way which wrong-footed 'keeper Hannah Haughton and a few minutes later Lucy Cooper went close but just wide of the post.
Pompey, however withstood the pressure and Emma Jones won the ball from a clearance and sent Shannon Albuery away. She managed to lay on a chance for Tamsin De Bunsen and rather luckily her shot squirmed out of 'keeper Sam Chrippes' hands and rolled over the line in the 15th minute.
The goal gave Pompey the boost they needed and Albuery came close to adding to the score but was thwarted by Chrippes' save. The second goal nearly came when Emma Jones ran from deep in defence and hit a shot from just outside the box which just curved away.
Bournemouth suffered a set-back in the 25th minute when Jade Bradley left the field injured to be replaced by Elle Elkins.
As Pompey came forward again Cherelle Khassal cut back in the box, causing some wrong-footing in the Bournemouth defence which resulted in a corner. De Bunsen swung the corner over and Jazmin Younger came close with a header just over the bar.
Pompey were well on top during the second half but Bournemouth defended well with Chrippes making some good saves. Emma Jones hooked a shot over the bar when well placed, but Crippes dealt well with that. She, however, was beaten by a shot from Cherelle Khassal, but the shot hit the side netting.
It was as late as the 74th minute before Pompey looked like winning the cup. Albuery split the defence and Emma Jones slammed home an unstoppable shot.
Two late substitutes combined well to seal the victory in the 85 minute when Ava Rowbotham inter-changed with Danielle Lane before setting up Rosie McDonnell to finish the job from a tight angle.
The match was sponsored by Adopt South and the Player of the Match Award was awarded to Portsmouth's Emma Jones. The Referee was Jordan McRitchie and he was assisted by Stephanie Villiers and Nyasha Mukachana and the Reserve Official was Rob Nicholas. The gate was 659.
A.F.C. Bournemouth: Sam Chrippes, Abby Jones, Emma Davis, Rebecca Barron, Maisy Smith (C), Katie Kingshott, Katie James, Kelly Fripp, Lucy Cooper, Jade Bradley, Becki Bath, Katie Scadding, Katelyn Wort, Helen Corbin, Hannah Francis and Ellie Elkins.
Portsmouth FC: Hannah Haughton, Samantha Quayle, Rebekah Tonks, Jazmin Younger, Evie Gane, Danielle Rowe (C), Danielle Lane, Freya Jones, Tamsin De Bunsen, Ava Rowbotham, Cherelle Khassal, Shannon Albuery, Rosie McDonnell, Emma Jones and Hayley Bridge.