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WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Plymouth Argyle see off city rivals to progress in Devon Premier Cup

PLYMOUTH Argyle eased through to the semi-finals of the Devon Women’s Premier Cup by beating lower league city rivals Marine Academy Plymouth 11-0 at Manadon on Sunday.

National League outfit Argyle fielded a strong side against their South West Western League opponents and were 6-0 up at the break.

Rosie Train got them off the mark in the 10th minute with a free-kick and goals from Lily Greenslade, Jemma Rose, Charlotte Whitmore, another from Train and one from Kayley Lane followed before the interval.

After half-time, Greenslade would go on to score a hat-trick, with Amber Pollock bagging two and substitute Tiana Campbell also finding the net.

Argyle will now host Budleigh Salterton in the last four in January, with Feniton and Exeter City meeting in the other semi-final.

Feniton booked their place by overcoming Activate 3-1 at home. Sian Aslett, Eden May and Megan Williams scored for the hosts, with Wensday Wise bagging Activate’s only goal.

Meanwhile, Plympton and Plymouth Argyle U23s both made it through to the quarter-finals of the Devon Women’s Senior Cup.

Plympton enjoyed a 5-3 away win at Fremington thanks to goals from Daisy Canning, Ellie Dalton, Dionne Igalawuye, Shannon Workman and Mollie Naughton, while Argyle U23’s saw off newcomers Hunters District 36-0.

Hunters were missing a number of players and only started with 10.

Fern Orchard scored nine of Argyle U23’s goals, with Grace Perrins not far behind with seven. There were five for Megan Bishop, four for Emily Elliott and two apiece for Scarlett McMahon and Rose Mason-White.

Argyle U23s will now host Plympton in the quarter-finals in November.

SB Oak Villa were unlucky not to progress. They narrowly lost 4-3 to their Devon League title rivals Juventus Devon. The sides were level at half-time but Oak Villa just could not edge their rivals out despite two goals from Vicky Jasper and one from Freya Jackson.

Signal Box Ladies also missed out on progressing. They went down 6-2 away at Crediton United. Beth Everson scored both Signal Box’s goals.

Elsewhere in the Devon Senior Cup, Lakeside were beaten 11-0 by Exeter City Reserves.

In league football, Saltash United paid a heavy price for a poor 10-minute spell either side of half-time as they lost 4-1 at home to Sticker in the South West Western Division.

Saltash, who had beaten Sticker 5-4 away last month, started well and took the lead after just three minutes when Jade Bryan scored a good goal.

The hosts looked in control for the first 35 minutes but then both sides made changes and the momentum shifted.

Sticker equalised in the 38th minute when Angelee Robinson fired into an empty net from close range after a scramble in the box.

And two more goals followed in the next five minutes. Tori Marks scored with a great free-kick before bagging another two minutes later.

It got worse for Saltash straight after half-time when Sticker’s Annie Richards scored with a long-range lob.

The Ashes tried their best to get back into it but they could not find the back of the net, despite a couple of good chances.

They have another tough test this weekend when they host Exeter City at Kimberley Stadium.

In the South West Premier Division,  Liskeard Athletic were beaten 5-1 at home by Bristol Rovers.

In the Cornwall Women’s League, Saltash Borough were beaten 7-1 at home by RNAS Culdrose.

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