Despite the late KO due to an accident en route for Poole Town, Southampton Women's preparation held them in good stead as they started the season in positive fashion. Two goals for debutant Roxy Lee-Stewart as well as for Kia Anteney, making her senior team debut after impressing in last season's U16s.
The first goal came on 7' as Lee-Stewart got her head onto a well placed free kick from Laura Vokes. It was a great display or smooth passing and possession play which kept the ball for Southampton, with several great saves from through the opening exchanges, as a couple of fine saves from Sam Chrippes in goal for Poole.
On 27' Roxy Lee-Stewart got her second, poking it under the keeper, and Cassie Thorp made it three, with an assist from Vinnie Nkomo right across the box.
On 38' Nkomo herself calmly took on the keeper and dribbled past her to make the score 4-0 at half time.
Jane Yeates came on for Cassie Thorp and Southampton continued to dominated and were rewarded on 52'. Sophie Hall's drive down the left was released to Gilly whose beautiful cross came off Hannah Chalk in defence for Poole into the back of the net for an OG.
On 66' Sophie Hall was replaced by new signing from Crystal Palace Hannah Samuels. Poole were more threatening this half, but were unable to break down the Southampton defence, and Jane Yeates made it 6-0 on 74', after Sam Chrippes saved her original shot but she shot the rebound.
In immediate response, Poole went up the other end and snatched a consolation goal; the ball falling kindly to debutant Hollie Agombar who lobbed the keeper for 6-1.
A final substitution on 77', Chelsie Hay made way for Kia Anteney who made her first team debut having played in our U16 last season. Yeates scored her second of the game on 85' after a sweet through ball from Gilly.
Roxy Lee-Stewart almost completed her hat trick on 90', but her long range effort came off the bar and Kia Anteney was there to slot it home to make the final score 8-1.
Simon Parker, Manager, had these thoughts on the game, "We are happy to finally get the season underway and to start with an 8-1 win is particularly pleasing. We performed really well in some parts of the game and certain aspects were excellent especially in the first half. Throughout the game we created many opportunities and we should have scored many more. Their keeper was outstanding and made many important saves.
In the second half we dropped off in terms of intensity and concentration which we will need to rectify.
On the whole it was a very positive performance and result with some fantastic individual performances, particularly from my Player of the Match Roxy Lee-Stewart and from young debutant Kia Anteney scoring her first senior goal for the club."