WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Argyle knocked out of cup by Portsmouth, but joy for Marine and Saltash

WOMEN’S football was back in full swing at the weekend after a series of postponements due to bad weather.

Plymouth Argyle missed out on reaching the semi-finals of the FA Women’s National League Cup as they were beaten 3-0 at home by high-flying league rivals Portsmouth.

The visitors went 1-0 up in the first half with Sophie Quick firing them ahead with a long-range shot.

Then Tierney Scott doubled their lead in the 56th minute before Ella Humphrey added an injury-time third for Portsmouth.

Argyle are one of the few teams to have been in regular action since Christmas.

The previous week they beat Budleigh Salterton 15-0 at home in the Devon Women’s Premier Cup, while they overcame Cardiff City 2-1 at Home Park on January 8 in the League Cup.

In the South West Women’s League Western Division, Marine Academy Plymouth and Saltash United both opened 2023 with home victories.

Marine Academy overcame Feniton 2-1 thanks to goals from Megan Boulton and Samantha Drewery.

Saltash United, meanwhile, triumphed 2-0 at home to Budleigh Salterton with Emilia Heyes and Dee Newman netting for them.

Activate, who were in that division after winning promotion last season, appear to have dropped out of the league.

In the Devon League South/West Division, title-chasing SB Oak Villa suffered their first defeat of the season when they were beaten by leaders Juventus Devon 5-1 away. Oak Villa paid for a poor first half, as they trailed 4-1 at the break.

But there was better news for Signal Box Ladies, who beat Paignton 4-0 at home thanks to goals from Fern Orchard, Leah Johnson, Maya Felgate and Ellie Pearce.

In the same division, Hunters District went down 14-0 away at Shaldon Villa.

In the Cornwall League, Saltash Borough claimed their second 3-0 win of 2023 by beating Bodmin away with goals from Melanie McGregor, Abby Shapland and Hollie Congo.

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