‘Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine…’ – Elvis Presley
A new era beckons, with new dreams, new ambitions and new challenges and as a fresh and exciting campaign of competitive sport gets underway here at the University of Portsmouth, so it is that the BUCS Roundup has been given a facelift and will now be brought to you via a brand new platform, to enable us to share all the news, views and results from our Sports Clubs… and flying the flag on day one, in our only fixture were our high flyers from Women’s Football…
On a crisp Wednesday morning, at the stroke of nine, just a stone’s throw from the broken ground that will soon blossom into a majestic new Sports Centre at Ravelin Park, Women’s Football boarded the Lucketts Express to South Wales.
Before their departure, when pressed by local paparazzi, Captain, Beth Roche was quoted as saying – “This season is going to be a challenging one but a season we’re looking forward to. We want to focus on our main goal which is to stay in the Prem’, but we also intend to build the squad for next season.”
So quietly confident, humble yet determined, with ambitions and dreams in check, Pompey took to the field to take on the current holders of the Women’s Premier South; Cardiff Met 1sts.
After a fine save from Maya Nelson in the visitor’s goal on 10 minutes, Pompey were in dreamland 3 minutes later when Sharna Capel-Watson swept home a Direct free-kick to put them in front. On 21 minutes, things got even better for Pompey as Capel-Watson darted in from the wing and supplied a clinical finish to make it 2-0, to grab her second and put Pompey in the ascendancy.
Cardiff Met, deserved holders of the Prem’ showed their class and resolve with a two-goal, 5 minute salvo to level things on the half-hour, leaving the teams deadlocked at 2-2 at Half Time.
The drama continued when on 54 minutes, following a handball in the area, Pompey were given the chance to retake the lead when they were awarded a penalty. Step up, Frankie Webster, who coolly slotted home to the keeper’s right to ignite crazed scenes in the office upon seeing the Video on Twitter.
Cardiff Met to their credit fought back once again and just as in the first half, it was Groundhog Day all over again when just two minutes later the hosts levelled the match at 3 a piece.
With time running out, Pompey could have been forgiven for shutting up shop to return to the South Coast with a more than credible away point, but they remained on the front foot, and last season’s top scorer for the club, Sarah Saunders, struck the winner with just 3 minutes left on the clock, sparking scenes of wild celebration, akin to those witnessed at the offering of wine to Joffrey Baratheon upon his wedding day!
There was still time for Pompey to have a goal disallowed before the final whistle which finally ended valiant Cardiff’s attempts to draw level and saw the three points return to the South Coast with a buoyant Pompey team.
Cardiff Met will be looking to get back on track when they travel to Bristol next week who edged out Pompey’s next opponents, Bath, by the odd goal in three on opening day.
So whilst Pompey sit proudly on top of a newborn Women’s Premier South table, who knows what dreams and ambitions shall be realised by the team come season’s end.
FT – Cardiff Met – 3 Portsmouth – 4
Goalscorers: Sharna Capel-Watson x 2, Frankie Webster (pen) Sarah Saunders
Assists: Kennedy Rankin x 2, Lena Stroem
So it’s a huge congratulations to Women’s Football 1sts on a superb win on the road on opening day, thus setting the bar incredibly high for all those who line up next Wednesday in the fabled Portsmouth Magenta.
I’ll be back with the BUCS Round Up next Thursday as the league programme gets into full swing with a mouth watering, finger-aching, 30 matches to report on.
I’ve been me, and you’ve been incredible, Pompey!