Devon Senior Cup Quarter Final
Alphington 1 Plymouth Argyle 11
ARGYLE Ladies overcame conceding an early goal to see off their East Devon hosts in brutal fashion with top scorer Natasha Knapman helping herself to five goals.
The opening fifteen minutes were a little flat as the team struggled to find any rhythm. Argyle were then stunned when a poor back pass to goalkeeper Micheala Phillips caused confusion in the defence with the ball ricocheting to Sophie-Louise Simpson, who scrambled home the opener.
Argyle didn’t panic and, within two minutes, drew level when captain Katie Middleton knocked in a Kayleigh Brown corner. The goals started to come with Knapman (two) and Brown making it 4-1.
Knapman completed her hat trick with Cunningham adding the next. Becky Atkins, who had earlier hit a post from distance, added the next, followed by Knapman’s fourth. Jessie Boston also got in on the act, which left Knapman to complete her nap hand of goals for a highly successful afternoon’s work.
Manager Travis Rowland said: “I am glad we were able to play this match as, once again, our stop-start season saw us lose early rhythm and momentum. Once we got into the game, it became one-way traffic.
“It was also good to see central defender Ebony Dover back in action after eight weeks out after having a nose operation. The game allowed me to give everyone minutes on the field, which was what we needed before Sunday’s FA Cup tie at Gillingham.”
Argyle squad: Michaela Phillips, Daecey Hepworth, Kate Middleton, Dani Barr, Kayley Lane, Ezme Wells, Becky Dandridge, Natasha Knapman, Jessie Boston, Kayleigh Brown, Mollie Taylor.
Subs: Zoe Cunningham, Becky Atkins, Ebony Dover.
South West League Western Division
Plymouth Argyle Development 2 Callington Town 3
ARGYLE’S second string came off the pitch wondering how they managed to lose a match they dominated throughout.
Manager Rob Bonney conceded his team had been punished for not taking their chances but also praised the powerful approach of our visitors from Callington.
We all would like to wish Rachel Javan a speedy recovery after she picked up a nasty injury. X-rays showed no break but ligament damage – get well soon Rachel.