Argyle Ladies 1 Keynsham Town 0
THE Argyle Ladies ended the season on a high, completing the double over second Keynsham Town, who had been long time leaders of the division.The result means Oxford United are champions.
With regulars Michaela Phillips, Becca Rose and Chloe Bassett unavailable Kev Rose had to shuffle the squad, with some players playing out of their normal positions.
Argyle were worthy winners and the 1-0 scoreline in no way reflected their superiority throughout the match.
The only real threat to the home goal in the first half came in the 28th minute. Argyle conceded a free kick 25 yards out in a central position.
Stand in 'keeper Katie Middleton made a fine save low to her right and managed to parry the follow up and the ball was cleared away.
Argyle themselves squandered chances; Rachel Javan shooting wildly wide after getting herself in a good position before Emily Mousley missed her kick from a yard out.
In the 40th minute, Megan Kowalski found Ellie Dorey with a fine diagonal pass to the right wing.
Dorey cut in past the defender and hit a powerful cross shot that went inches wide of the far post.
Despite their superiority Argyle had to wait until the 64th minute for the breakthrough.
Rachel Javan atoned for her earlier miss when she slotted the ball home from a narrow angle from the left wing position.
In a rare Town attack a hopeful shot struck the home crossbar, the ball bouncing down towards the goal line to be scrambled away to safety.
Argyle had more chances to increase their lead, Jodie Chubb missing the far post from a yard out, and Mousley bringing out a fine save from the Keynsham 'keeper.
This was a fine performance by the girls to bring the curtain down on the season, and with more clinical finishing would have turned into a handsome victory.
Manager Kev Rose chose Nicky Lake as Player of the Match this week for a solid display in centre mid, and showed confidence when she took over in goal for the final 25 minute.
The girls' third place finish in the league has been well earned.