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WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Argyle off the mark, while Marine Academy make cup progress

PLYMOUTH Argyle finally got their first win of the season as they beat Crawley Wasps 2-0 at Manadon in the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division on Sunday.

The Pilgrims had lost their opening four games but took just 11 minutes to take the lead against Crawley with Zoe Cunningham firing in from the edge of the box.

The hosts had further chances before in the 34th minute, Amber Pollock was brought down in the box and Cunningham stepped up to slot home the penalty.

Both teams had chances, particularly Argyle, but there were no more goals.

The win has lifted the Greens off the foot of the table and above Crawley, who had drawn two of their opening four games.

Marine Academy Plymouth are through to the second qualifying round of the Women’s FA Cup as they beat Devon League side Teignmouth 6-1 at Ivybridge on Sunday.

Samantha Drewery netted twice for Marine, with Devon Simmonds, Lily Hamp, Lauren Usher and Megan Boulton also on targeted for the hosts.

In the South West Women’s Premier League, Liskeard Athletic enjoyed a 5-2 home victory over Ilminster Town.

New signing Sam Metters put Liskeard ahead before an own goal gave them a 2-1 lead at the break.

After the interval, Chloe Williams, Grace O’Leary and Hannah Prisk added further goals for Liskeard.

In the South West Western League, Saltash United suffered a disappointing 3-1 away defeat at Feniton. Rachel Finch scored their only goal east Devon.

But there was more joy for newly-promoted Activate, who won 6-3 away at Bideford.

Chelsea Semmens scored twice for Activate, with Beth Cowd, Stacey Tonkin, Stephanie Warren and Wensday Wise also netting.

In the Devon Women’s League, Signal Box Oak Villa were ruthless against league newcomers Hunters District, winning 28-0 at Staddiscombe with 14 goals in each half.

Hunters are a new development team, offering football in the Plymstock area, and they did show plenty of spirit, despite the heavy defeat.

In the second half their goalkeeper saved a penalty and they had couple of chances to score but just couldn’t get the goal they wanted.

They are training every Thursday at Staddiscombe and hope to keep building as the season goes on.

Oak Villa, who finished third last season, have won both their games this season to sit as the early leaders of the league.

Victoria Jasper led the scoring for then on Sunday with eight goals. Abigail White bagged five, while Freya Jackson and Victoria Moreton both got four. There was a hat-trick for Alysia-Paige Roberts, while Megan Appleby and Chardonnny James both netted twice.

In the same league, Signal Box Ladies drew 4-4 with much-fancied Juventus Devon BianconerA.

Fern Orchard claimed a hat-trick for Signal Box, with Demi James scoring their other game.

In the Devon Women’s Senior Cup there were wins for both Plympton and Lakeside Athletic.

Plympton triumphed 6-2 at home against Seaton Town, with Ellie Dalton and Shannon Workman both scoring hat-tricks.

Meanwhile, Lakeside triumphed 8-4 at home to Plainmoor. Rebekah Rose topped scored for Lakeside with three, while Roxanne Byrne and Toni Lunt both got two and Lauren Hewings and Kirsty Lake also got on the scoresheet.

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