Portishead girls off colour

PUBLISHED: 14:52 20 March 2013 | UPDATED: 14:52 20 March 2013

Portishead girls’ Under-12s were well beaten at by the Bristol Ladies Union.

PORTISHEAD girls’ Under-12s made the short trip to Bristol Ladies Union, but returned with a 4-0 defeat.

With Esme McGowan taking the gloves, the team had a different look about it and the opening exchanges were shared with BLU shooting wide and a Jess Smailes shot cleared off the line as Lucy Sparks tried to add the finish.

The home side scored the opener after taking advantage of some hesitant defending from a corner, but Portishead continued to threaten with Ella Davey seeing her shot drift just wide from a Boo Porter free-kick.

BLU scored their second with a clinical finish to a strong run from midfield from their striker and Bristol went into the break 2-0 up.

The second half again started out as the first with both teams on the attack and an early corner for BLU was cleared, only for the ball to be lofted back into the box and bounce into the back for the net for the third.

With a new defensive pairing of Ellie Targett and Porter in place, the threat from the speedy home strikers was kept at bay and giving a good foundation for Portishead to move forward.

Mia Shears on the right and Joss Lumby in central midfield were combining well with Flick Hind up front, but the final ball was never quite there despite some strong running from Smailes and Davey.

The victory was complete in the last minute when a Portishead goal kick was returned by BLU with a chip that found the back of the net for 4-0.

Boo Porter took home the player of the match trophy.

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