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Match Report


Plymouth Argyle Ladies

Sun 13 Sep 2015

Attendance: 41




Star player: Phoebe Baker

Brighton & HA WFC

Still smarting from last week’s defeat against Charlton Athletic, Argyle Ladies put in a far better performance against League leaders Brighton & HA, but ultimately the result was the same; another home defeat, that sees the greens hovering just one place above the relegation places.


Missing the likes of Jessie Jones, Kayley Lane, Emily Mousley and Ezme Wells, Argyle lacked a cutting edge up front and from the first whistle, against a well organised Brighton side, it was backs to the wall for Argyle.


Despite the visitors dominating possession, Argyle’s defence did well to withstand the early onslaught, but fell behind in the 5th minute when Brighton’s Deanna Cooper waltzed through a static Argyle midfield and her shot took a wicked deflection past a wrong footed Michaela Phillips.


Five minutes later and Brighton increased their lead when Charlotte Gurr spotted that Argyle had no-one on the far post and curled a free kick over Michaela Phillips from the acutest of angles.


Argyle spent the remainder of the half on the back foot and Michaela Phillips made a couple of fine saves to keep the score at 0-2 going into the break.


Brighton continued in the ascendancy in the 2nd half and added a third goal in the 53rd minute when the ball ricocheted kindly into the path of Charlotte Gurr, who slotted the ball home from close range.


Gurr completed her hat trick with Brighton’s fourth goal in the 59th minute when she was on hand to steer home Danielle Rowe’s low cross after Lucy Olde had been dispossessed on the edge of the penalty area.


Argyle continued to defend doggedly to keep the score down to four and had a couple of chances late in the game but Mollie Taylor saw both efforts well saved by Brighton keeper Faye Baker.


At the final whistle, a philosophical Kevin Taylor was quick to reflect that Brighton were by far the best team Argyle had faced this season and that despite the 0-4 score line his defence had battled extremely well throughout.


“The manner of the goals conceded was again disappointing but highlighted the ruthlessness of the opposition strikers at this level with every mistake being punished”.


Taylor added “In truth, both Brighton and Charlton will, no doubt, be contesting the title come the end of the season and it’s not against these teams that we can really judge how our own season will pan out, but next week we face a trip to Queens Park Rangers, who are currently bottom of the League and that’s where we must be looking at picking up some points”.

Starting line up

  • 1

    Michaela Phillips

  • 4

    Jodie Chubb

  • 3

    Phoebe Baker

  • 6

    Lucy Olde

  • 5

    Katie Middleton

  • 23

    Ellie Dorey

  • 7

    Becky Atkins

  • 8

    Rebekah Rose

  • 19

    Mollie Taylor

  • 14

    Dani Salt

  • 11

    Kayleigh Brown


  • 16

    Laura Perrett

  • 18

    Amber Pollock

  • 2

    Natalie Volpini

  • 12

    Katie Finch

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