Argyle Ladies 0 Portsmouth 3
Argyle Ladies 0 Portsmouth 3Argyle Ladies suffered their second home defeat of the season at the hands of Portsmouth.
Kev Rose opted for a 4-1-4-1 formation to try and contain a Pompey side that are flying high in the league, but Argyle spent much of the first half on the back foot as Portsmouth took control.
The resistance was finally breached on 23 minutes when a ball in from the left wasn't dealt with by the Argyle defence and Wilson got the faintest of touches to put the ball past Kyle in the Argyle goal.
Argyle fell further behind just before half time when a corner from the left was headed back across the goal to Hillier whose overhead attempt was deflected past the Argyle keeper by Middleton.
Argyle started the second half much brighter and had a chance to get back in the game three minutes after the restart. Bassett, a half time sub for Volpini, raced down the left and crossed to Taylor in the box who saw her effort go agonisingly wide.
In the 70th minute Argyle came agonisingly close to scoring and it was Taylor again. This time she sprinted onto a ball over the top of the Pompey defence but saw her shot half stopped by the Portsmouth goalkeeper which was then gratefully hacked clear as the ball crept towards the goal line.
With Argyle still pressing, Portsmouth finally killed of the game in the 84th minute after a smart turn and finish from Umatong.
Argyle Manager Kev Rose said after the game: "Portsmouth are one of the favourites to be challenging for the title and I think we gave a very good account of ourselves. We gave away two sloppy goals in the first half but should have levelled the game in the second half with the clear chances we created."
"In a game we were tipped not to stand a chance in, although we were on the back foot for long periods of time, we could have sneaked a point."