Match report: Portsmouth Ladies 3-0 Villa Ladies
Villa Ladies went down 3-0 to Portsmouth Ladies but the away side can feel somewhat hard done by after excelling for long periods of the match.
Joe Hunt's team dominated the opening twenty minutes before a defensive mix-up saw the hosts take the lead.
It was a massive setback but Villa Ladies came roaring back with some excellent football.
Centre-half Jade Richards headed powerfully over from a set-piece while Kelly Clarke was a constant threat on the left-wing.
However, Villa Ladies found themselves two-down at the break, a long ball through the middle evading the centre-backs and falling invitingly to the forward to nudge home.
Despite the devastation, Villa Ladies came out and continued to dominate in the second half.
But Portsmouth Ladies made it three goals to the good with a fortuitous effort, a deep left-wing cross looping over goalkeeper Natalie Courtney.
Even at three-down Villa still had chance to get back into the game.
Carly Davies had a shot saved well by their goalkeeper while Richards had two headers brilliantly tipped away.
Manager Joe Hunt said: "The team put everything into the game and it was a massive improvement from the previous weekend in terms of performance.
"We seem to get punished by every mistake at the moment and at the other end come up against some inspired defending and goalkeeping.
"The scoreline flattered Portsmouth but, to be fair, they took the chances presented to them and held on for the victory.
"We'll work hard this week in training and be ready for Derby County away in the League Cup."
Villa Ladies: Courtney, Cooper (McCue 46), Mannion, Moran, Petrovic (c), Richards, Fergusson (Cusak 60), Stringer, Davies, Gibson (Merritt 60), Clarke. Subs not used: Merrick.
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