Slow start proves costly as Plymouth Argyle Ladies exit FA cup
Newcastle United...2 Plymouth Argyle...1
PLYMOUTH Argyle Ladies pushed Newcastle United all the way but paid for a slow start in their FA Cup third round tie at Northumbria University.
Argyle had travelled to the game in style on the men's first team coach after a huge funding raising effort made the 800-mile round trip possible.
But because of the bad weather the match had to be played on a 3G pitch in blustery conditions.
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The Pilgrims, who play a level below their North East opponents, found themselves 2-0 down after 35 minutes.
They also lost striker Emily Mousley with a knee injury during that spell.
Mousley had come closest to scoring for the Pilgrims in the opening few minutes but the Newcastle goalkeeper had saved her low left-foot shot.
However, Argyle pulled a goal back five minutes before half-time through Rebekah Rose.
In the second period, Argyle threw everything at Newcastle looking for an equaliser.
Rose had a header cleared off the line, but the goal just would not come for the Pilgrims.
Argyle, though, gave a good account of themselves against their higher league opponents and the team were grateful to everyone who helped make the trip possible.
Coach Kevin Rose said: "We have got a very young side. The average age of our team on Sunday was 19 and that showed in the first half against older opponents.
"But they realised they were just as good as Newcastle and that showed second half.
"We were the better team in the second period, but it just was not our day.
"But it does look well for the future."
He added: "With them being a Northern Premier League side I thought they would be better than they were.
"We certainly matched them in every area apart from that bit of knowledge and experience of how to play big games.
"Our nervousness showed in the first half.
"We had four 17-year-olds in our side. We are very inexperienced, but it is going well and we will have more players coming out of the centre of excellence next season."
He added: "It was a good trip. The Green Taveners have raised a lot of money to enable us to go (to Newcastle) and Argyle let us use their first team coach."
But it will be back to mini bus this coming weekend when Argyle travel to Southampton in the league.
DEVON COUNTY SENIOR CUP QUARTER-FINAL AFC Plympton...4 Alphington...0
PLYMPTON booked their place in the semi-finals of the county cup with an impressive victory over unbeaten Devon Premier League leaders Alphington in a match that had to be played on a 3G pitch due to the bad weather.
Plympton took control of the game from the start and led 2-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Chelsea Robinson and Lauren Boyle.
And the second half followed the same path as the first, with Plympton dominating with their quick play.
Chez Phillips and a penalty from captain Georgia Davidson sealed a great win for Plympton.
In the Devon Supplementary Cup quarter-final, Activate went down 2-1 at home to Exmouth, while in Division One of the Devon League, Tavistock claimed a 2-0 away victory at Seaton.