ARGYLE crashed out of the League Cup in a dramatic penalty shoot-out with Exeter City.The last time Argyle contested this trophy two seasons ago, they went on to win it in their record breaking promotion season in a thrilling final against Havant & Waterlooville at Weymouth’s Bob Lucas Stadium.
The Pilgrims began the match in fine style, playing the ball around on a heavy pitch, forcing the home side back to great effect. The pressure forced several corners that caused scrambles in the Exeter box, but the vital touch eluded an Argyle boot.
Then, on the half-hour mark, Argyle’s efforts paid dividends when Becca Rose played Emily Mousley into the box and she made no mistake, driving her shot over the Exeter ‘keeper.
Argyle should have added to their tally and put the game beyond reach before half time but it was not to be.
Exeter came more into the game in the second half and began to get the upper-hand as the pitch and Argyle's football deteriorated.
The home side drew level on 65 minutes and it was former Argyle midfielder Leah Brooks who scored after a scramble that the defence really should have cleared.
The final 25 minutes were fought tooth and nail, neither side wanting extra time on a pudding of a pitch.
Both sides had opportunities to seal the win but to no avail.
The 30 extra minutes failed to produce any further goals, although Argyle were again the better side , and so to penalties it went with the light fading fast and the rains returning.
Argyle’s day ended miserably as they were edged out 5-4.
All square after 5 attempts each, it went to sudden death, the tension mounting around the ground and on the pitch.
Exeter clinched it to progress to the next round and Argyle were left to ponder what might have been.
Player of the match this week goes to Becca Rose for a strong all round performance in midfield.