PLYMOUTH Argyle Ladies’ development team booked their place in the second round of the SWL Western Division Bristol Soccerworld Cup with a 7-3 victory over Feniton at Manadon on Sunday.
The young Pilgrims, bolstered by a few experienced players, dominated the first half and could have gone in at the break with a much bigger leading margin than 5-1.
But the second half was a different story as, despite still dominating, they just could not reproduce their first half fluency.
With Argyle’s FA National Women’s League side not in action it allowed first team manager Dave Leonard the chance to run the rule over some the club’s younger players and he will not have been disappointed.
Argyle went into the tie on the back of beating Feniton 9-5 in the league seven day s earlier.
And they got the perfect start on Sunday when after less than two minutes Beth Everson raced down the right wing before sending in a deep cross which flew into the top corner of the net.
The hosts continued on the attack and Nicola Champion and Steph Beck both came close before they did make it 2-0 on six minute when Everson produced some trickery on the right wing that ended with Lucy Solloway sliding in to score.
It became 3-0 when Solloway netted again in the 13th minute after receiving a pass from Beth Cowd.
It quickly became 4-0 when Maisie Williams tried her luck from range and the ball dropped just below the crossbar.
On a rare Feniton attack goalkeeper Maddie Walsh raced out to deny the visitors striker.
Another great run down the wing in the 38th minute by the lively Everson ended with the ball flying into the roof of the net to make it 5-0.
But the visitors got a goal back in first half added-on time when Nat Matthews curled in a free-kick.
Argyle decided to use all their bench in the second half to give them game-time.
Beth Cowd had a shot well save before the impressive Steph Beck worked herself an opening before letting fly to make it 6-1.
The Pilgrims continued to press but Solloway was denied by the goalkeeper and then Cowd shot wide. And the hosts were then caught ball watching in the 70th minute when they failed to clear a low cross which Nia Owen pounced on to score for Feniton.
Champion, Solloway and Beck all had chances before Beck did add her side’s seventh when she fired home from the edge of the penalty area with five minutes to go.
But Feniton did ot give up and in the 87th minute Britt Harris got on the end of a ball over the top to make it 7-3.
Argyle had further chances in the final few minutes but could not add to their tally.
Manager Rob Bonney said: “It was a win but not in the style we would have liked. There were too many individual errors, pass selection and wrong decisions being made by the players.
“We are a development side and a work in progress so the positive aspect was all the youngsters had valuable game-time. The downside of this is that the game will become fragmented and not so free-flowing as we would have liked. But saying all of that we have just won our first cup match we have played in and the players know there is plenty of room for improvement.”
Argyle: Maddie Walsh, Rachel Heron, Rachel Javan, Isla Brumhead, Steph Beck, Beth Everson, Kiara Robins, Nicola Champion, Maisie Williams, Lucy Solloway, Beth Cowd, Dee Newman, Chardonnay James, Nelinha Barros, Maddy Leppard.