Report | Southampton win 2-0 to book a place in the League Cup

Updated: Sep 5, 2019

Philippa Holden netted the second to secure Southampton's place in the League Cup draw. Photo credit: John Bilcliff.

A goal either side of the break ensured Southampton Women's place in the FA Women's National League Cup beating Poole Town 2-0 at Romsey Town on Sunday.

The hosts had control early on but didn't find the net until late in the first-half when captain Tash Angel fired from 30-yards out.

Despite the continued dominance - and the odd scare from Poole - Southampton scored their second goal in the 84th minute with Philippa Holden scoring her first of the campaign.

It was a blisteringly hot day on the south coast as temperatures soared towards 30 degrees and Aaron Smith made two changes to the team who beat Brislington.

Gracie White made her full debut coming in for the absent Nat Bavister while Kayleigh Tonks started in place of the suspended Jane Yeates.

Southampton started the stronger and dictated much of the play, Lauren Cheshire, Emily Wernham and Tonks all had efforts at goal.

Samantha Chrippes looked set to continue her form in front of goal for the visitors and made a great block that denied Wernham her first goal.

Tonks found herself one-on-one with Chrippes, but the goalkeeper made herself big enough for the ball to stay out.

In the space of two minutes the Poole goal was ringing with the sound of the ball as first Áine McKeever hit the crossbar and then a defender almost conceded an own goal if not for the woodwork.

It was very much one-way traffic as Rose Kite's goal remained unchallenged, Poole did try to create something but solid defending from Kellie Warren and Angel put a stop to Samantha Gubb's attack.

There was disbelief for McKeever who was denied once again but this time it was Chrippes making a great save.

Southampton continued to search for the opening goal, Tonks cut into the box but lacked power on her shot while Hannah Samuels was denied at the near post.

With two minutes of normal time left the deadlock was finally broken and in spectacular fashion.

Warren found Angel in acres of space from a free-kick and the skipper took her time to adjust herself before firing straight and true beating Chrippes as the ball tucked itself under the crossbar.

The second-half saw Southampton continue with how they finished the first with several advances at the Poole goal.

Tonks had two shots at goal go wide of the mark, a fierce need for the hosts to extend their lead.

Chrippes was called into action once again this time making a great fingertip save that denied Tonks.

The resulting corner floated towards Warren, but her header met the hand of a defender leaving the referee no option but to award a penalty.

Warren stepped for the second time this season aiming low but Chrippes guessed correctly and saved the spot-kick.

Tonks unlucky in front of goal was switched out for young Jennifer King who almost made it two within seconds of coming on.

Chrippes raced out to meet the advancing King denying the youngster her first senior goal.

Poole started to grow more in the second-half and an error of judgement by Kite nearly gifted the visitors a goal but the keeper recovered well.

With less than 20 minutes on the clock Chrippes with some unbelievable goalkeeping magnificently denied Wernham her first goal, the forward meeting Holden's cross but the ball stayed out.

Into the closing stages King squared the ball to Holden who tried a back flicked attempt which narrowly went wide.

84 minutes played and Holden found the net for the second.

Samuels racing down the wing delivered perfectly for Holden to tap in at the back post.

Full-time and the game ended 2-0 to Southampton who maintain a 100% start to the season and will now enter the FA Women's National League Cup proper while Poole go into the League Plate.


Next up Southampton host Swindon Town in the National League Division One South West at the Bypass Ground, Romsey.

The game will kick-off at 2:00pm and entry is £4 for adults, £2 concessions and all accompanied under-16s gain free entry.

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