Apr 302022
 

Portsmouth FC 2021/2022


A League 1
Sheffield Wednesday 4
Portsmouth 1


FORM GUIDE

LOST WON WON DRAWN WON WON LOST DRAWN DRAWN LOST

George Hirst’s early strike was not enough to prevent Pompey from ending the season with defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

The striker had silenced the home crowd by firing home against his former club, putting their play-off spot in jeopardy.

But that extra momentum proved enough, as Lee Gregory, Saido Berahino and Jordan Storey all struck before the break.

George Byers then nodded home in the closing stages to ensure the Owls would finish in League One’s top six.

Danny Cowley stuck with the same side that fought from behind to beat Wigan earlier in the week, although teenage defender Liam Vincent was elevated to the bench.

Byers started for the home side, while fellow former Fratton loanee Nathaniel Mendez-Laing was named among their substitutes.

The visitors got off to a flying start and broke the deadlock in just the fourth minute to stun their opponents.

HIRST – who began his career with the Owls – had been roundly booed by the home support, but he was the man who got the goal.

The striker slotted the ball home after Ronan Curtis had raced onto a Connor Ogilvie pass and delivered the ball into the mixer.

But Wednesday soon picked things up and Gavin Bazunu had to be alert to deal with an under-hit Clark Robertson back-pass before Berahino could capitalise.

The keeper could do nothing to prevent the equaliser, however, as Gregory neatly diverted Marvin Johnson’s pass into the bottom corner.

And they kept pushing forward, with Bazunu beating away an angled Gregory strike and then acrobatically turning Barry Bannan’s effort over the bar.

The hosts eventually made their pressure count, though, and Berahino forced the ball home after a corner had bounced dangerously around the box.

It soon got even worse for the Blues, as Byers cut in from the right and squared for Storey to convert before the break.


Half Time

Sheffield Wednesday 3

Portsmouth 1


The second half did not begin in the same explosive manner as the first, although a series of fouls gave both sides free kicks in dangerous areas.

One was earned by Curtis on the left, but the delivery from Michael Jacobs was flicked onto the roof of the net by Marcus Harness.

Hirst was then quickly surrounded by a sea of defenders after good link-up play between Harness and Hayden Carter had provided an opening for the striker.

Bazunu came to the rescue at the other end, denying Byers after he had been picked out inside the area by Johnson.

There were certainly not an abundance of clear-cut openings to excite the large crowd, though, as the contest began to drift along.

Cowley tried to liven things up with a substitution and Jacobs made way for Tuesday night’s goal hero Aiden O’Brien.

It almost had the desired impact, with the forward flicking the ball against the outside of the post following great work on the left by Curtis.

But the Owls then almost scored themselves, with Gregory lifting a shot over Bazunu and onto the roof of the net.

It was certainly livening up and when Sean Raggett met a Harness corner, his header was tipped against the crossbar by Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Pompey were certainly not giving up the chase and it took another fine stop from the home keeper to keep out a fierce Hirst drive on 79 minutes.

But Bazunu had to show his athleticism once more to turn a fierce drive from substitute Callum Paterson over the bar.

Sheffield Wednesday did wrap things up from the resulting corner, however, as Byers nodded home from a Josh Windass delivery.

Jay Mingi came off the bench and had a chance to grab a stoppage-time consolation that would have seen the Blues finish ninth instead of 10th, but could not keep his shot down from a Hirst cut-back.

Sheffield Wednesday (3-5-2): Peacock-Farrell; Storey, Hutchinson, Palmer; Hunt, Byers, Luongo, Bannan (c) (Paterson 83), Johnson; Berahino (Windass 76), Gregory (Dele-Bashiru 88)
Goals: Gregory 17, Berahino 36, Storey 40, Byers 86
Booked: Gregoy, Paterson, Byers
Subs not used: Wildsmith, Gibson, Dunkley, Mendez-Laing

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bazunu; Carter, Raggett, Robertson (c), Ogilvie; Morrell, Thompson (Mingi 88); Harness, Jacobs (O’Brien 64), Curtis; Hirst
Goals: Hirst 6
Booked: Morrell
Subs not used: Webber, Romeo, Vincent, Williams, Walker

Referee: Anthony Backhouse

Attendance: 33,394 (2,558 Pompey fans)

Apr 262022
 

Portsmouth FC 2021/2022


H League 1
Portsmouth 3
Wigan Athletic 2


FORM GUIDE

WON WON DRAWN WON WON LOST DRAWN DRAWN LOST DRAWN

Aiden O’Brien came off the bench to hit a late winner as Pompey fought back to halt Wigan’s promotion party.

The hosts had dominated most of the contest and yet were trailing at the break to goals from Callum Lang and Will Keane.

But George Hirst struck twice in quick succession in the second half and the Latics tried to hang on for the point that would have guaranteed them a spot in the Championship.

They could not see it out to the end, however, as O’Brien found the bottom corner to earn a deserved win for the in-form Blues.

Danny Cowley named an unchanged side following Pompey’s comfortable win over Gillingham at the weekend.

Their opponents also declined to make any alterations, meaning that Jack Whatmough and Tom Naylor both featured against their former club.

The home side soon began to dominate the contest and applied plenty of pressure, without being able to test Ben Amos between the sticks.

A couple of dangerous deliveries from Hayden Carter and Michael Jacobs had to be hacked to safety by the Latics.

Jacobs then sent a corner into the box, where Sean Raggett could only nod wide after rising in a crowded box.

They almost broke the deadlock when Jacobs stole possession and found Hirst, who fired a rocket narrowly past the post.

But, totally against the run of play, it was Wigan who went ahead on 38 minutes after Jordan Cousins had intercepted the ball.

He found Tom Pearce, who swung in a fine cross that Lang dived on to head past Gavin Bazunu from close range.

It was harsh on Pompey and they should have levelled in stoppage-time, as Connor Ogilvie side-footed wide after being found in the box by Hirst.

And they were made to pay for their profligacy when Pearce sent in another low cross that was turned home by Keane.


Half Time

Portsmouth 0

Wigan Athletic 2


The hosts went back on the attack when the action restarted and Tendayi Darikwa did well to stop Ronan Curtis getting on the end of a Marcus Harness cross.

But the Latics soon had a chance to extend their advantage, with Gavin Bazunu getting down to his left to keep out a firm Naylor header.

Instead, however, Pompey incredibly found themselves level with two goals in as many minutes just past the hour mark.

The first was down to some superb work from Harness, who nutmegged Naylor and refused to be outmuscled before sending in a low centre for HIRST to arrow into the net.

Amos was booked for refusing to return the ball for the kick-off, while Curtis also got punished for trying to wrench it from his arms.

And it was HIRST who scored again just a few moments later, bending the ball home from the edge of the box after Darikwa had made a mess of dealing with a blocked Curtis shot.

The Blues were rampant by this point and Amos did well to prevent Harness from firing them ahead from an acute angle.

And the keeper then dealt nervously with a speculative – and swerving – 25-yard strike from Louis Thompson.

Cowley soon freshened up his attacking options, with O’Brien coming off the bench to replace Jacobs.

The visitors appeared happy with a point and were doing their best to waste time over every set-piece.

But the Blues continued to put pressure on the nervy visitors and deservedly went ahead on 87 minutes.

A Joe Morrell free-kick found Hirst in space and after his shot was saved by Amos, Wigan could not get the ball clear.

O’BRIEN picked it up just inside the box and angled a low finish right into the bottom corner, with Fratton Park erupting.

Wigan suddenly needed to pick up the pace again, but the Blues defended resolutely to claim all three points.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bazunu; Carter, Raggett, Robertson (c), Ogilvie; Morrell, Thompson (Tunnicliffe 86); Harness (Romeo 90), Jacobs (O’Brien 77), Curtis; Hirst
Goals: Hirst 62, 64, O’Brien 87
Booked: Curtis
Subs not used: Webber, Williams, Mingi, Walker

Wigan (3-4-1-2): Amos; Kerr, Whatmough, Bennett (Edwards 80); Darikwa (c), Naylor, Cousins (Humphrys 90), Pearce (Massey 72); Power; Keane, Lang
Goals: Lang 38, Keane 45+3
Booked: Darikwa, Amos
Subs not used: Jones, Watts, Shinnie, Aasgaard

Referee: Craig Hicks

Attendance: 14,637 (792 away fans)

Apr 252022
 

Celebrity Hayley Atwell


Hayley Atwell

Born

5 April 1982

London, England



Atwell studied acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and made her stage debut in the 2005 play Prometheus Bound. She subsequently appeared in multiple West End productions and on television, and was recognised for her breakthrough role as Lady Elizabeth Foster in The Duchess (2008), for which she was nominated for a British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her leading performance in the miniseries The Pillars of the Earth (2010) earned her a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film.

Atwell rose to international prominence with her portrayal of Peggy Carter in the superhero film Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), a role she reprised in the action-adventure series Agent Carter (2015–2016) and the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Ant-Man (2015), and Avengers: Endgame (2019). She also had roles in the war drama Testament of Youth (2014), the romantic fantasy Cinderella (2015), and the fantasy comedy-drama Christopher Robin (2018).

Movies in my collection

2011 2014 2015 2019

©Jean_Nelson/Depositphotos.com

Apr 232022
 

Portsmouth FC 2021/2022


H League 1
Portsmouth 3
Gillingham 1


FORM GUIDE

WON DRAWN WON WON LOST DRAWN DRAWN LOST DRAWN WON

Pompey continued their fine Fratton form by easing to a comfortable win over relegation-threatened Gillingham.

Ronan Curtis fired them ahead in the early stages and then restored the lead with his 50th goal for the club after Ryan Jackson had levelled for the visitors.

The Blues deserved more for their dominance, though, and Clark Robertson headed home following the interval to wrap things up.

Danny Cowley made two changes from the side that were cruelly denied victory at Morecambe on Monday.

Joe Morrell and Louis Thompson both returned to the engine room, with Ryan Tunncliffe and Shaun Williams dropping to the bench.

Meanwhile, former Pompey loanees Ben Thompson and Stuart O’Keefe were selected in the visitors’ midfield.

Before the game there was the award of The News/Sports Mail Player of the Season trophy, with readers of our local papers selecting Sean Raggett for the honour.

A minute’s applause was then held to remember all members of the Pompey family who have passed away during the course of the campaign.

The first half was a curious affair, with plenty of excitement at the start and finish and not a lot happening in between.

It was in the fourth minute when Marcus Harness burst down the right and played a neat one-two with Hayden Carter.

He then sent a low cross into the box, where CURTIS was waiting to slam the ball home off the underside of the bar.

The hosts continued to dominate both possession and territory, but were unable to make the most of that.

And they were made to pay on the half-hour mark, as Jackson lost Curtis at the back post to angle home from a Ben Reeves delivery.

There were a couple of blocked shots from the Blues, but nothing to suggest they would retake the lead.

That changed in the second minute of stoppage-time, when Jackson was unable to deal with a Raggett cross.

The ball reached CURTIS at the back post and he showed plenty of composure to arrow it into the bottom corner.

Gillingham were furious, seemingly feeling that referee Darren Drysdale should had already blown for the interval.

The protests of boss Neil Harris saw him sent to the stands, while another member of the coaching team was booked.


Half Time

Portsmouth 2

Gillingham 1


The second half took some time to get going, but the Fratton faithful soon had another goal to celebrate.

Jacobs sent a corner into the box and ROBERTSON rose above David Tutonda to plant a bullet header into the net.

They might have gone further ahead a few minutes later, with Michael Jacobs only able to find the side netting from an acute angle.

And Curtis tried to complete a hat-trick, but fired into Aaron Chapman’s midriff after collecting a Carter cross.

Pompey were coasting and passing the ball around nicely, prepared to stay patient in search of an opening.

Cowley gave Jay Mingi an opportunity to gain some minutes on the pitch, with Louis Thompson the man to make way.

And former Gills defender Connor Ogilvie then limped off with an injury to be replaced by Mahlon Romeo.

Aiden O’Brien also came off the bench in the closing stages and had a stoppage-time shot turned around the post by Chapman.

But the game had been drifting towards a conclusion before then and Pompey saw out the final moments to secure a deserved win.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bazunu; Carter, Raggett, Robertson (c), Ogilvie (Romeo 78); Morrell, Thompson (Mingi 74); Harness (O’Brien 89), Jacobs, Curtis; Hirst
Goals: Curtis 4, 45+2, Robertson 54
Subs not used: Webber, Williams, Tunnicliffe, Walker

Gillingham (3-5-2): Chapman; Tucker, Ehmer, Masterson; Jackson, Thompson, Lee, O’Keefe (c) (Phillips 46), Tutonda (Dickson-Peters 64); Oliver, Reeves
Goals: Jackson 30
Booked: Tutonda, Ehmer
Subs not used: Dahlberg, Lintott, Maghoma, Chambers, Sithole

Referee: Darren Drysdale

Attendance: 15,540 (1,192 away fans)

Apr 192022
 

Movies IMDb


Amazing Winter Romance

DirectorJason Bourque

Year2020

Trailer

[Synopsis]

‘Amazing Winter Romance’ movie follows Julia and Nate as they find love in their childhood friendship, but are reluctant to accept.

Inspirational writer Julia has lost her mojo. Instead of writing uplifting articles about romance and conquering goals, she’s penning pieces about jaded love and lost dreams. Julia’s boss wants her best writer to rediscover her “seize-the-day” spirit and sends Julia back home to write about the charm of small towns.

Almost instantly, being around her family and childhood friend Nate, Julia feels the warmth of her community and starts to develop the angle for her article.

Awed by the beauty of the labyrinth of snow built by Nate, Julia writes a beautiful piece that her boss loves, and now she’s wanted back in the city to write about venues there.

The problem is Julia and Nate aren’t just finding friendship in one another’s eyes anymore, and although everyone around them sees their romantic chemistry, neither has the courage to admit it’s there.

But when Julia sees Nate seemingly enjoying himself on a date with a cute young woman who’s new to town, she decides there’s nothing keeping her from going back to the city.

If only Nate would utter the one word that Julia needs to hear – stay.

Apr 182022
 

Portsmouth FC 2021/2022


A League 1
Morecambe 1
Portsmouth 1


FORM GUIDE

DRAWN WON WON LOST DRAWN DRAWN LOST DRAWN WON WON

Pompey were denied a third successive League One victory after conceding deep into stoppage-time at Morecambe.

A moment of magic from Sean Raggett looked to be enough to earn all three points for the battling Blues.

But substitute Jonah Ayunga controversially converted in a congested penalty area right at the death to boost the Shrimps’ hopes of beating the drop.

Danny Cowley made three changes from the side that secured a dramatic win over Lincoln on Good Friday.

Ronan Curtis was rewarded for coming off the bench to net the winner, while there were also starts for Ryan Tunnicliffe and Shaun Williams.

Aiden O’Brien and Louis Thompson dropped to the bench and Joe Morrell missed out completely after going off early against the Imps with a dead leg.

Trevor Carson started between the sticks for the home side, who had fellow former Fratton loanee Toumani Diagouraga on the bench.

The visitors started brightly and when Clark Robertson nodded the ball down, Raggett had a shot blocked and Tunnicliffe then fired over.

But it was Morecambe who began to look more threatening and Dylan Connolly bent the ball inches past the post after Cole Stockton’s pass sent him racing away.

Williams tried his luck at the other end of the pitch, but although his effort was cleanly struck, it flew straight into Carson’s arms.

Pompey then had Gavin Bazunu to thank for a series of smart stops that prevented the home side from forging ahead.

He just about got his fingertips to a low Arthur Gnahoua shot to tip the ball against the inside of the post, where it then ricocheted to safety.

And the keeper was at it again moments later to prevent Stockton from turning home a Greg Leigh delivery.

The danger was not over, though, and Bazunu had to recover quickly to save the striker’s follow-up effort with his feet.

It was not until the end of the first half that the Blues began to find a bit of rhythm and pass the ball around with fluidity.

And they made their late pressure count when Robertson lifted a pass into the box and Curtis rose to nod it into the mixer.

The ball fell to the feet of RAGGETT, who brought it under control and spun before hooking a superb shot against the upright and into the net.


Half Time

Morecambe 0

Portsmouth 1


Leigh threatened for the hosts once the action restarted, but after doing the hard work to get into a good position, he dragged his effort wide

George Hirst then got forward at the other end and bent an attempt narrowly off target in a lively opening to the half.

But the Blues were almost undone in comical fashion on 54 minutes when there was hesitation over who should deal with a pass through the defence.

Bazunu eventually came out to clear and kicked the ball against Gnahoua, with the ricochet sending it inches past the post.

Ousmane Fane then teed up Stockton with a square pass across the edge of the box, only for the striker to fire straight at Bazunu.

Cowley responded with a couple of changes just past the hour mark, as Williams and Michael Jacobs made way for Thompson and O’Brien.

Pompey were looking for a second goal and Hirst fired a low shot wide after doing well to nab possession on the edge of the box.

A final throw of the dice from Cowley came on 72 minutes, with Mahlon Romeo on for Marcus Harness.

That came after a Bazunu clearance had been charged down by Adam Phillips and the ball flew wide, while the Morecambe midfielder then wastefully shot wide after being found by Stockton.

The hosts stepped up the pressure in search of a late leveller and Diagouraga thought he had found one, only for referee Robert Madley to spot a hand being used as the ball was bundled into the net.

But they were finally able to celebrate deep into stoppage-time when Bazunu came to collect a Leigh corner.

He was unable to hold on amidst a sea of bodies, though, and Ayunga forced the ball home, with Madley ignoring Pompey appeals for what looked to be a foul.

Morecambe (4-1-4-1): Carson; Leigh, Bennett, Bedeau, Gibson; Fane (McCalmont 77); Connolly (Diagouraga 68), Phillips, Wildig (c) (Ayunga 60), Gnahoua; Stockton
Goals: Ayunga 90+3
Booked: Leigh
Subs not used: Smith, Cooney, O’Connor, McLoughlin

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bazunu; Carter, Raggett, Roberson (c), Ogilvie; Tunnicliffe, Williams (Thompson 63); Harness (Romeo 72), Curtis, Jacobs (O’Brien 64); Hirst
Goals: Raggett 41
Subs not used: Webber, Vincent, Mingi, Walker

Referee: Robert Madley

Attendance: 4,893 (806 Pompey fans)