Updated: Aug 16, 2019
This was the second time Southampton Women’s FC have played BSS Portsmouth, this time at home and the game started under beautiful skies on a slippery pitch after the preceding night’s storm.
The teams paid their respects for Armistice Day at the start of the game.
An early corner led to Southampton’s first goal attempt from Robyn Hagues which went just wide, followed by a strong pass by Michelle to Robyn which led to a second goal attempt in as many minutes by Darcey Maxted, which was blocked by the Portsmouth goalkeeper.
Indeed, the brave BSS Portsmouth goalkeeper came out many times over the following 60 minutes to secure the ball, giving her the well-deserved accolade of player of the game once more.
Four minutes in and a shot by Darcey hit the woodwork and, a minute later, Mo Delaney’s attempt at goal went wide and, while the majority of possession was seized by Southampton in the early minutes, BSS Portsmouth made some good runs which Sophie Moore cleared to safety.
A few more runs by Portsmouth in the first ten minutes led to a corner kick which landed straight in goalkeeper Emma Stait’s hands.
Twelve minutes in and Brooke Suddaby came on for Robyn and a minute later another goal attempt from Mo went wide.
Brooke won the ball and took it upfield and in to Darcey whose goal attempt also went wide.
With so many opportunities and attempts at goal, Mo Delaney was the one who found the back of the net with a goal in the 18th minute of the match. 1-0 Southampton.
A Southampton corner soon followed finding the Portsmouth goalkeeper’s hands before a strong cross from Chloe Sheffield fell just short of Darcey’s feet for a Portsmouth goal kick.
A great ball in by Michelle Orji to Chloe led to a flurry of activity in the area as Chloe had an attempt at goal, which the keeper saved, swiftly followed by an attempt by Darcey, which was also saved.
In the last few minutes of the first half, Darcey made an another attempt at goal which was saved by the goalkeeper once more.
But soon it was Portsmouth’s turn as they made a great attempt in the 25th minute which went just wide, followed by a brave collection of the ball seconds later by Southampton goalkeeper Emma.
Determined to score, in the 26th minute Darcey took the ball round one player and round the goalkeeper to score two minutes before the half time whistle and a couple of corners to end the first half. 2-0 to Southampton.
Poppy Baxter came on for Mo as the second half kicked off and Darcey had an immediate crack at goal for which the Portsmouth goalkeeper came out to retrieve.
This was swiftly followed by a goal attempt by Brooke which found the goalkeeper’s hands.
A couple of minutes later and Portsmouth returned with their own goal attempt, followed by another attempt at goal from Darcey which went wide. Esme Taylor and Sophie Moore both kicked the ball to safety and six minutes into the second half, Chloe was back with another strong attempt from a goal kick which went wide of the net.
Another attempt followed with a great save made by the Portsmouth keeper as the pair raced to the ball.
In the 38th minute, Esme got the ball to Brooke who dribbled the ball towards the goal, but the ball was well defended by Portsmouth.
A goal attempt by Brooke went straight to the keeper and, soon after, despite Poppy battling to win the ball, the Portsmouth keeper came out to prevent another goal.
However, it wasn’t long before Southampton had scored their third goal of the match as the goalkeeper blocked Chloe’s first attempt but, undeterred, Chloe took the deflection to score her first goal of the match in the 42nd minute. 3-0 to Southampton.
A minute later, Brooke had another attempt at goal, which went into the goalie’s hands, followed by some good runs by Portsmouth and some offside kicks for both teams.
Robyn came on for Sophie in the 48th minute and Esme made a break to get the ball in to Chloe whose attempt went wide.
Mo came back on for Brooke and Victoria won the ball and got the ball up to Esme, but the ball was kicked out by Portsmouth leading to a throw in. BSS Portsmouth made a great run on the break and scored their first goal of the match in the 52nd minute. 3-1 to Southampton.
Buoyed by their goal, the Portsmouth girls made another run up field and Emma made a great brave save, coming out to secure the ball.
After a couple of corners Mo won the ball and had another attempt, which was saved by the goalkeeper in the closing minutes.
This was a match with a multitude of attempts at goal, plenty of saves and, when the blue sky turned into grey clouds, the rain didn’t dampen the spirit of either side as both teams kept battling until the end.
Congratulations to Chloe Sheffield who battled hard all game and was named opposition’s player of the game.
It was also lovely to see such mutual encouragement, respect and support from friendly parents who were keen to congratulate both teams at the end.
Full-time: Southampton 3 BSS Portsmouth Youth 1