WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Plymouth Argyle enjoy Devon derby cup win over Exeter City

PLYMOUTH Argyle progressed in the FA Women’s National League Cup by beating Devon rivals Exeter City 2-0 at Cullompton on Sunday.

It was the perfect response to having lost to the Grecians in May’s Devon Senior Cup final.

Argyle ended up quite comfortable winners with a goal in each half.

Gabi Alphous had fired the Pilgrims ahead on 16 minutes when she reacted quickest to a loose ball.

The visitors had further chances to increase their lead but Exeter goalkeeper Megan Lightfoot was in fine form.

However, they did get their second goal in the 68th minute when former England international Jemma Rose leaped highest to power home a header from a free-kick. It was her first goal since recently returning to football with the Pilgrims.

Argyle manager Ryan Perks said it was a good win. He added: “We dominated the game for large spells and should of taken a few more of our chances but good to bounce back from last week’s defeat.”

In the South West Women’s League Premier Division, Marine Academy Plymouth suffered a heavy 6-0 defeat away at Sherbourne.

They paid for a poor first half but improved in the second period.

In the Western League, Plymouth Argyle U23s went down 2-0 away at Helston. Eve-Charlotte Moore and Abigail Locke scored for the hosts.

In the same division, Saltash United went down 4-2 at home to Liverton United at Kimberley Stadium.

The Ashes had been 2-0 up thanks to goals from Yasmin Franklin and Nicola Champion but Helston dug deep and came back to snatch the win.

In the FA Women’s Cup qualifying round, Liskeard Athletic thrashed Callington 28-0, while Signal Box Oak Villa went down 12-0 away at Feniton. It was Signal Box’s first appearance in the FA Cup.

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