Blues Res 2 Pompey Res 3
By Brian Cartlidge
Updated Monday, 5th October 2009
Blues' Reserves dismal start to the season continued with a 3-2 home loss to Portsmouth.
Blues dominated for the first quarter-of-an-hour of the game at St Andrews on Monday evening before Frederic Piquionne gave Pompey a 1-0 lead on seventeen minutes and the French striker scored his and the visitors second just seconds before the half time whistle. Portsmouth Res: Ashdown, Wilkinson, Williamson, Kilbey, Sowah, Cowan-Hall, Bopp, Mahoto, Nlundulu, Webber, Piquionne. Subs: T.Smith, Ryan, Gregory, Samba, M.Smith.
With just four minutes of the second half gone Pompey were 3-0 ahead when Paris Cowan-Hall beat Blues' keeper Maik Taylor with a superb volley.
Blues reduced the deficit to 3-1 when David Joyce scored on 57 minutes - the Blues full back latching on to a good through-ball from Gary McSheffrey.
Five minutes later Liam Ridgewell made it 3-2 when he headed home a Lee Carsley cross.
Terry Westley's side did their utmost to find an equaliser but the visitors held out and headed back to the south coast with all three points.
Blues Reserves have now failed to win any of their Barclays Premier Reserves League South fixtures so far this season having drawn two and lost three of their first five matches.
Blues Res: Maik Taylor, Joyce, Luke Rowe, Ridgewell, Jacob Rowe, Carsley, O'Shea, Damien Johnson, Bent (Jervis, h/t), Phillips, McSheffrey. Subs: Butland, Preston, Sammons, Hronec.
Portsmouth Res: Ashdown, Wilkinson, Williamson, Kilbey, Sowah, Cowan-Hall, Bopp, Mahoto, Nlundulu, Webber, Piquionne. Subs: T.Smith, Ryan, Gregory, Samba, M.Smith.