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21 January 2020 Venue Fratton Park Attendance

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Report: Portsmouth 2-1 Iron

21 January 2020

Despite a strong performance, the Iron bowed out of the Trophy in a quarter-final defeat as Portsmouth progressed.

John Marquis opened the scoring for Pompey as the hosts took a 1-0 lead into the break. Abo Eisa spectacularly levelled proceedings for United in the second period but former loanee Cameron McGeehan restored the lead.

Eisa had the first chance for the Iron, but Craig MacGillivray was equal to it, getting down low to deny the winger.

His opposite number Rory Watson was called into action in the seventh minute of the contest. Gareth Evans brought the ball under his spell and lined up a shot but Watson parried it to safety, with Harrison McGahey sweeping up the rebound.

With 12 minutes on the clock, Junior Brown made a goal-saving block, getting his body in the way of Marcus Harness’ effort which looked destined for the back of the net.

However, just a minute later, Portsmouth took the lead. Marquis made it 1-0 from close range, turning and shooting inside the area, to hand the hosts an advantage in the cup competition.

On the 15-minute mark, Alex Gilliead let fly from 25-yards but saw his strike blocked by a blue shirt.

With 27 minutes played, McGeehan took aim from inside the box but it flashed just wide of the upright.

Portsmouth were awarded a free-kick after Harness was brought down just outside the area. Evans’ set piece arched around the wall but fizzed over the bar.

With five minutes of the half remaining, Watson pulled a superb save out of the bag. The shot-stopper tipped Marquis’ half-volley behind after he found himself on the end of a long ball.

James Perch went close for the Iron in the 41st minute after some good work down the right channel, but MacGillivray was on hand to make the stop.

Early in the second period, the Iron won a series of corners. Lee Novak pounced on the ball after the set piece wasn’t properly cleared but saw his effort blocked, as did Perch, before the hosts eventually got the ball away.

In the 57th minute, Matthew Lund teed up Eisa whose 35-yard effort whistled just wide for United.

The Iron and Eisa got their reward in the 62nd minute when the winger picked up the ball, checked onto his right foot and fired into the top corner and beyond MacGillivray to make it 1-1.

A minute later, the Iron looked to use that momentum as Eisa made headway down the left and slid the ball into John McAtee whose effort was blocked.

The parity didn’t last long as the hosts re-took the lead through McGeehan who made it 2-1 to Pompey with 66 minutes on the watch.

With 20 minutes remaining, Watson pulled off a point blank save to deny Marquis a second from close range after Harness cut the ball back to the frontman.

United continued to press for an equaliser, with Brown twice testing MacGillivray, latching onto a cross into the box, but the ‘keeper made the save to preserve Pompey’s lead and it finished 2-1 to the hosts.

PORTSMOUTH: MacGillivray, Bolton (Burgess 49’), Whatmough, Raggett, Haunstrup, Close, McGeehan, Harness (Naylor 88’), Evans, Williams, Marquis.

Bass, Seddon, Cannon, Hawkins, Hackett-Fairchild.

IRON: Watson, Lund, Perch, Novak (van Veen 77’), Gilliead, Sutton (Miller 89’), McGahey, Brown, Eisa, Bedeau, McAtee (Beestin 79’).

IRON UNUSED SUBS: Collins, Butler, Rowe, Hornshaw.

ATTENDANCE: 5,382 (85 away).

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Pay on the night details for Portsmouth Trophy trip

20 January 2020

The Iron will face Portsmouth in the quarter-finals of this season's Trophy on Tuesday, January 21st.

PAY ON THE NIGHT DETAILS: Scunthorpe supporters will be able to purchase tickets from both of the Portsmouth ticket offices. One is located in their club shop on Anson Road and the other on Frogmore Road. The club shop ticket office will be open from 9am and Frogmore Road open from 5.30pm, both closing at half time.

Supporters will just need to advise that they are visiting fans and will be seated in the South Upper D Section.

The match against the League One side, played at Fratton Park, will kick-off at 7.45pm.

United fans will be seated in ‘D’ Section of the South Stand Upper rather than the usual position in the Milton End.

The Iron have reached this stage after coming through a group comprising of Sunderland, Grimsby Town and Leicester City Under-21s before beating Blackpool and Manchester City Under-21s in Rounds Two and Three, respectively.

Pompey had a Southern Section group including Crawley Town, Oxford United and Norwich City Under-21s before overcoming Northampton Town and Walsall in the knockout stages.

Ticket prices have been confirmed for the encounter at the People's Pension Stadium, as follows...

Ticket Type Price
Adult £10
Over-65s £5
18-22s £5
Wheelchair / Ambulant Disabled £5
17s and Under £2

Due to the close proximity of this encounter, tickets will only be available on the night from Fratton Park. No tickets will be available in advance from the Sands Venue Stadium.

Supporters travelling to Portsmouth will be able to purchase tickets at their main ticket office (which is located inside the club shop on Anson Road) or their matchday ticket office (on Frogmore Road). Click here for coach travel details.

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