Promising Portsmouth performance suggests upheaval all but over

Action from Crawley Wasps v Portsmouth, July 30 2017 (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Crawley Wasps managed to bridge the two-division gap with Portsmouth but succumbed to three quickfire second-half goals

Crawley Wasps 1 (Rabson 2)
Portsmouth 5 (R Tonks 32; Albuery 38; Bell 56; Panting 60; Stephens 63)

Portsmouth’s agonisingly long period of transition following the break-up of their championship-winning side might finally be almost at an end. Continue reading

The 33 minutes that hold the key to Umotong’s World Cup dream

Ini Umotong, of Portsmouth, Photo: Matt Underwood

Ini Umotong has nine games left with Pompey to help her case for a place at the summer World Cup (Photo: Matt Underwood)

Ini Umotong’s World Cup prospects rest largely on what she has already achieved in her brief spell with the Nigeria national squad after being forced to miss her country’s next three crucial qualifying matches because of commitments in England. Continue reading

Pompey bounce back as Northeast sees red over Quinn card

Lucy Quinn celebrates scoring against Lewes in 1013 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Quinn’s red card was rescinded and she was back on the score sheet today (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Lucy Quinn responded to the red card that never was in the best possible fashion with two goals as Portsmouth beat Premier League newcomers Copsewood in the Premier League Cup in Coventry.

Quinn’s sending-off for handball last week, with Pompey leading Cardiff City 2-1 arguably cost them the game: Cardiff equalised from the ensuing penalty and went on to win the game 7-3.

But the decision has been overturned on appeal, and last season’s top scorer is now available for the club’s league match at Brighton next Sunday.

That’s only partial consolation for Portsmouth manager Perry Northeast, who is still fuming at last week’s decision. Continue reading

Pompey Ladies follow in superstars’ Fratton Park footsteps

Fratton Park (Aug 2013)

Pompey’s takeover by the supporters’ trust has marked a closer relationship with the Ladies

Five years ago high-flying Premier League Pompey hosted AC Milan in a Uefa Cup tie at Fratton Park.

Not much more than six months ago another near-capacity crowd flocked to the old stadium to watch the rather less romantic contest between a Pompey side already relegated from League One and Sheffield United, who were to miss promotion through the play-offs for the umpteenth time. Continue reading

Last-gasp pressure penalty maintains Pompey’s winning run

Round-up of the weekend’s action.

Portsmouth Ladies 3-2 Keynsham Ladies

Gemma Hillier celebrates scoring Pompey's second goal against Keynsham (Jordan Hampton)

Gemma Hillier celebrates scoring Pompey’s second goal against Keynsham

Portsmouth Ladies continued their recent resurgent form with a last-gasp win over Keynsham.

Lauren Murphy and Gemma Hillier scored two early goals for Pompey, but they were pegged back before Sarah Kempson slotted home a 94th-minute penalty to clinch the three points. Continue reading