QPR FC Women were knocked out of the National League Plate after a 4-0 defeat to Portsmouth Women at the Powerday Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Goals from Shannon Albuery, Sammy Quayle and a double from Cherelle Khassal secured the victory for the third-tier side, also condemning Rangers to their third straight defeat.
Against higher-league opposition, Rangers found themselves on the back foot from the first whistle with an early attempt from Khassal forcing makeshift R's goalkeeper Jo Blodgett into action.
Canadian Blodgett was to be in for a busy afternoon, and she found herself among the action once again after 24 minutes, this time tipping Danielle Rowe’s long-range effort over the bar.
However, Pompey continued to threaten and, as we approached the half-hour mark, they were eventually able to break the deadlock from the penalty spot.
After bringing down Albuery in the area, Blodgett couldn’t quite reach Khassal’s left-sided finish from 12 yards, ensuring the R's trailed at the break.
With a big second half needed from Steve Quashie’s side, hopes of levelling the game were shattered 24 seconds after the restart.
A threaded pass from Freya Jones found the feet of Albuery, who calmly doubled Portsmouth’s lead from close range.
Substitute Demi Edwards - who featured for the Super Hoops for the first time since November following her absence due to concussion - quickly tested the hands of visiting 'keeper Hannah Haughton.
But, 10 minutes later Quayle made it three for the visitors when her deep left-sided cross eventually found its way into the bottom-right corner.
Things went from bad to worse for the R’s when Khassal grabbed her second of the afternoon late on, wrapping up the tie for the side from the South Coast.
The R’s are back in action this Sunday when they face Norwich away at The Nest in the FA Women’s National League (2pm KO).
QPR: Blodgett, Petit, Searle (78’ Maloney), Jordinson, Grieve, Lewin (78’ Carolan), Hennessey (88’ Pope), Hall, Edwards, Moore (56’ Akerman), Nygaard-Parsons (56’ Curr).
Report written by Jack Fealy