Match Report – Brislington Ladies vs Plymouth Argyle Ladies

This was another superb all round team performance for the Lady Pilgrims who wearing their newly sponsored Ginsters shirts dominated the game from start to finish. With Becky Atkins adapting to her new midfield role Argyle were never seriously in trouble but had to be patient in breaking down their resilient hosts.
Despite dominating the first half they did not open the scoring until on the stroke of half time when a Zoe Cunningham corner was half volleyed towards the Brislington goal by Ebony Dover with Kayley Lane producing a cheeky touch through the goalkeepers legs.
Argyle started quickly in the second half and it took them just three minutes to double their lead. The flying Ezme Wells was having the beating of her defender all afternoon and the Cornish winger showed her class when she raced past a defender to fire over a cross which was met by the onrushing Cunningham who curled the ball into the net from the edge of the penalty area.
Four minutes later and it was Wells again when her run and cross found Natasha Knapman who made no mistake.
Then predatory striker Knapman raced on to a superb Atkins through ball to seal the victory in the 67th minute.
Brislington did have their chances but goalkeeper Michaela Phillips came up trumps when in two one on one situations she came out on top. The first was when she managed to put off the onrushing forward to shoot wide while she pulled off a great save to deny another breakaway.
Once again Manager Travis Rowland was able to ring the changes with Amber Polloock coming on for Wells, Tori Marks for Lane and Kayleigh Brown for Becky Dandridge.
Rowland was in buoyant mood after the match saying: ‘That was class from my girls today. We had to work hard to break them down but we had 80% possession overall. Superb technical players who understand the importance of ball retention.’ Rowland reflected on all of the players for putting in a highly professional performance but he picked out the returning Phoebe Baker who put in a polished display.
Central defenders Katie Middleton and Ebony Dover who he described as: ‘Two footballing defenders.’ Rowland also reflected on the unbelievable pace up front of Wells, Marks, Lane and Pollock saying: ‘When you have that kind of pace up front then you can be a match for anyone.’ Adding: ‘We know it is early days but everyone is excited.’
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