PLYMOUTH Argyle will have taken encouragement from their performance in a narrow 1-0 defeat at second-placed Portsmouth on Sunday in the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division.
The Greens more than matched their promotion-chasing opponents, but Pompey snatched the win with a goal eight minutes from time.
Both sides had good chances in the first half and towards the end of the opening period Portsmouth were awarded a penalty, but Argyle goalkeeper Jasmine Read managed to pull off a save from Ali Hall.
The Pilgrims had plenty of possession but just could not find the final ball.
Pompey’s set piece was always a weapon and in the 82nd minute they broke Argyle’s hearts when Jazz Younger scored following a corner.
Argyle pushed hard for an equaliser in the dying minutes but it just would not come.
Despite the loss, they stay in ninth-spot, two places and two points above the drop-zone.
The South West Women’s Western League match between Saltash United and Marine Academy Plymouth was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, as was Liskeard Athletic’s Cornwall Cup game at Foxhole.
In the Devon League Cup, Dionne Igalawuye scored a hat-trick as Plympton beat SB Oak Villa 4-1 in terrible weather at Saltmill.
There was little between the sides for the first half, but Igalawuye was always a threat for Plympton down the left and scored a stunning long-range effort just before half-time.
Plympton’s other goal came from Emily Hollister.
There was not much luck for the other Plymouth sides in the Devon League Cup.
Lakeside Athletic were beaten 4-2 away at Plainmoor. Victoria Simpson scored both Lakeside’s goals.
Meanwhile, Hunters District were beaten 12-0 at home by Juventus Devon Bianconer.
In the Cornwall Women’s League Division One, Saltash Borough were beaten 5-2 away at FXSU. Borough had travelled with just 11 players and then lost two due to injury but really battled hard.
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