Rose's extra-time penalty puts Argyle into round two
FA WOMEN'S CUP FIRST ROUND
Forest Green Rovers...2 Plymouth Argyle...3 (aet)
PLYMOUTH Argyle Ladies booked their place in the second round of the FA Cup with a terrific battling performance in Gloucestershire.
The visitors took a third minute lead following a Katie Middleton free-kick. The home defence's clearance fell to Daisy Self 14 yards out, and she shot into the top of the net.
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A few minutes later Jodie Chubb had a great chance to put the Pilgrims 2-0 up when she raced through to a one-on-one with the 'keeper but shot just wide of the mark.
Rovers equalised on 15 minutes as a free-kick from the edge of the box beat Michaela Phillips low to her right.
Argyle had started the brighter of the two sides but the hosts fought their way back into it as the half progressed.
After the break, Forest Green took the lead against the run of play following a defensive lapse on the hour.
But Argyle kept piling on the pressure and as a result of that a Forest Green defender was unfortunate to concede an own goal to put the teams level at 2-2 10 minutes from time.
The extra-time period was full of endeavour from both sides but it was Argyle who edged in front.
Rebekah Rose, with the final kick of the first period, converted a penalty after being tripped in the box.
The remaining period was end to end, and Emily Mousley was denied from making the game safe with a fine save by the home 'keeper.
Overall, Argyle had been the better side and created the better chances and were well worth their victory which went some way to avenging a home defeat in the league a few weeks ago.
SWWFL WESTERN DIVISION ONE
Marine Academy Plymouth Ladies...8 Launceston Ladies...1
MARINE Academy showed an under-strength Launceston side no mercy, netting eight times to condemn the visitors to their biggest defeat of the season.
The win moves MAP up to second in the table.
On a difficult playing surface, MAP enjoyed early pressure and two strikes from outside the area from captain Grace O'Leary inside the first 15 minutes put the home side firmly in control.
MAP continued to press and Lindsay Harris and Sam Drewery both went close before a Sophie Smith cross picked out Georgie Talbot, who turned to fire into the bottom corner.
The goal of the game was then scored by MAP forward Coral Smith, who received the ball with her right foot before flicking to her left and volleying into the top corner for a goal of the season contender.
Launceston responded almost immediately, but on the stroke of half-time another long range strike from Leanne Griffiths gave MAP a 5-1 half-time advantage.
With the game effectively won the second half was a case of going through the motions for the home side and they added further goals through Griffiths and Smith before Drewery completed the scoring, again from long range, as her drive flew into the top corner.
Before the match, Marine Academy, who play their last fixture of 2012 next Sunday at Bude, were presented with their new home playing strip by Martin Talbort of NRSS refuelling.
WESTWARD DEVELOPMENT DEVON LEAGUE
Plymouth University...3 AFC Plympton...1
AFC PLYMPTON'S spell at the top of the Devon League was short-lived as they lost 3-1 to local rivals University of Plymouth.
The game was played at Staddiscombe in freezing conditions and on a wet pitch but both teams did not let this spoil the game.
University had the chance to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty after a Plympton defender handled the ball in the box, but the Plympton 'keeper Taylor Mathews made a brilliant save down to her left.
Within minutes Plympton were awarded a penalty of their own after a foul on Chez Phillips when she broke into the box and was tripped.
Phillips got to her feet to smash the ball into the roof of the net to give Plymton a 1-0 half-time lead.
The second half was even but University took their chances, whereas an under-strength AFC could not cope with the strength and speed of the students.
Hayley Ranachan, Roisin Cormack and Mariana Mesquita netted the University's goals.