May 23, 2024

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Sutton United take a slice out of Pompey’s Papa John’s trophy campaign

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Gassan Ahadme fighting for the ball

We don’t care about ‘the pizza trophy’ anyway, right? Regardless of your views on the competition itself, a loss is a loss. Granted, the Cowley’s fielded a relatively inexperienced ‘B’ team, supposedly to give players on the fringe of the first team, a chance to impress.

After an extremely dull first half display, the first goal of the game came in the 55th minute. A quick free-kick on the right flank took advantage of Pompey’s lack of concentration, and a ball square into the box ultimately found its way into Isaac Olaofe’s feet, who slotted it past Bass.

It took another 15, rather uneventful minutes, for Sutton to double their lead. This time a free-kick from the left side, swung in and knocked down to Louis John who couldn’t, and hasn’t missed.

To top off the abysmal display, Pompey picked up 3 injuries in less than an hour. Paul Downing, Haji Mnoga and Ellis Harrison all had to come off with knocks – the latter had to vacate the park after all 3 substitutions had already been made, forcing the home team to finish the game with 10 men.

An uneventful evening at Fratton Park, but a joyous moment going home if you’re a Sutton fan.

If it was a real game, it would have been much worse, so there’s no point crying over spilt pizza…

Full time score: Portsmouth 0 – 2 Sutton United

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