WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Rose nets sensational winner for Argyle, while Saltash reach cup final

JEMMA ROSE scored a sensational winning goal as Plymouth Argyle boosted their FA Women’s National League survival hopes with a 2-1 home victory over Chichester & Selsey on Sunday.

The former Arsenal and England international blasted home a long-range effort in the second half as the Pilgrims hit back from going 1-0 down early on.

The win was Argyle’s third in a row and keeps them out of the relegation zone.

It sets them up nicely for next weekend’s big home match against relegation rivals Milton Keynes Dons.

Second-from-bottom Chichester & Selsey had already beaten Argyle twice this season and Sophie Phelps fired them ahead from a corner after just four minutes.

But in first half injury-time Argyle levelled when Natasha Knapman netted her 11th goal of the season from a Rosie Train corner.

Gabi Alphous and Mari Ward had chances early in the second half before Rose’s stunning strike from 25 metres on 59 minutes.

Knapman came close to bagging another before Poppy Soper made a couple of crucial saves at the other end for Argyle.

In the closing minutes Chichester got frustrated and had Jane Yeats sent off.

Meanwhile, Saltash United are celebrating after reaching the Cornwall Women’s Cup final.

The Ashes beat RNAS Culdrose 8-0 away to set up a showpiece final against Helston, who saw off Liskeard Athletic 3-1 on Sunday.

Hayley Ranachan and Nicola Champion both scored two goals for Saltash, who also had Beth Mitchell, Billie Swan, Yasmin Franklin and Jade Bryan.

The final is due to take place on Friday, April 22. It will be the first time the current Saltash side have reached the senior final, although Saltash Pilgrims, who were also based at Kimberley Stadium, did win the cup in 2001 before they became Plymouth Argyle.

The Ashes development team are also in with a chance of reaching the Cornwall Supplementary Cup final. They are through to the semi-finals after they were handed a walkover by Callington Town.

It was a good weekend for Saltash teams as Borough enjoyed a 9-1 away league victory over FXSU.

Sam Metters incredibly hit eight of Saltash Borough’s goals in the Cornwall Division One match, with Abbey Shapland netting their other.

In the Devon Women’s League Western Division, Activate can win the title this coming weekend if they beat Torquay United Reserves at home.

Activate virtually secured the league crown by beating Shaldon Villa 8-1 at Devonport High School for Boys on Sunday.

They are six points clear of second-placed Torquay with just two games to go. Torquay do have a game in hand but that will not make a difference if Activate can beat them this Sunday.

This weekend Activate scored four goals in each half against Shaldon, with Wensday Wise bagging four of them. Their other scorers were Angela Heard, Chelsea Semmens, Amy Wise and Beth Cowd.

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