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Women defeat Portsmouth in huge cup win


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AFC Bournemouth's women's team defeated Portsmouth Women in the Adopt South Women's Senior Cup on Sunday. 

Steve Cuss' side took on Portsmouth in the competition for the second successive season, knowing they'd face a tough game with the visitors sitting top of the FA Women's National League Southern Premier Division. 

The Cherries had beaten Pompey by a single goal in the semi-final of last season's competition, going on to beat Southampton RTC in a dramatic final, and Lucy Cooper's goal earned a repeat scoreline this season. 

Cuss made one change to the team that beat Bridgwater United in the Women's FA Cup last weekend, with Molly Barron-Clark coming in for Gemma Hillier. 

Abby Jones captained the team in Hillier's absence with new signing Erin Bloomfield named amongst the bench. 

The game had few chances throughout as both teams enjoyed spells on the ball, Daniela Kosińska made a good stop to stop Jones turning a dangerous cross into her own-goal.

Alisha Buckingham forced a good save from Hannah Haughton in the 15th minute but neither side seriously threatened the goal in the opening period. 

Portsmouth's Ella Humphrey saw her shot deflected behind before Lucy Cooper took full advantage when played through on goal, slotting beyond Haughton to give the Cherries the lead.

Cuss' side managed to hold on and earn a spot in the third round, continuing a sensational start to the campaign.  

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