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Portsmouth regained their grip on the Hampshire FA Cup with a 5-0 victory and an assured performance in the Final at the Westleigh Park home of their opponents, Havant & Waterlooville on Sunday.
A hat-trick from Kirsty McGee and further strikes from Gemma Hillier and Leeta Rutherford gave the Premier League team a comfortable win over their Southern Region League opponents. In fact Pompey should have scored more and restricted Hawks to just a couple of half chances in the whole match. Former Portsmouth goalkeeper Sadie Blakeley had a fine match, helped throughout by diligent defensive work from Laura Oakes, Jenna Dunster, Charlotte Brown and a hard pressed midfield.
As so often, the first goal was the hardest to find and it took till the 44th minute for Pompey to put away one of a succession of chances . The second half was lit up by a super 30-yard McGee effort, her second of the match, while Gemma Hillier added a clever 67th minute finish and McGee completed her hat-trick from the spot.
When Leeta Rutherford scored in the 72nd minute, Pompey had scored three in five minutes and were threatening to embarass the underdogs in their first cup final appearance. However, Hawks battled on and another ex-Pompey player, striker Charley Wilson went close with a header and a volley.
In the end, the speed of thought, fitness and determinaton of the Portsmouth team was too much for a side who are favourites to win their league, where they remain unbeaten in going for their third successive promotion since their formation just three years ago.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
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