Report | Argyle Women 0 Ipswich Town 5
Ipswich Town 5
Braseno-Carreina 39, Horwood 45, Thomas 82, 89, Gray 90
Argyle Women suffered a frustrating defeat in their return to Home Park, as Ipswich Town took all three points.
Late goals towards the end of the first half for Ipswich gave the Tractor Girls a comfortable half-time lead. Argyle responded well in the second half and dominated for large period, but the visitors stood firm and came out on top after adding a further three to their total in the later stages of the match.
Ipswich looked to dominate from the first whistle, with chances coming close to the Argyle goal early on. The Greens would settle after this period and look to challenge the Ipswich keeper Sarah Quantrill, however, Georgia Wilson’s long-range efforts were easy saves for the Ipswich number one.
The Tractor Girls scored their first two goals towards the end of the first half. The first was from a questionable throw-in decision that went in favour of the visitors and allowed Braseno-Carrera to pick up the opener. Bonnie Horwood scored a second minutes later from a free-kick on the edge of the area, curving around the far side of the wall and into the back of the net.
Although Argyle were 2-0 down going into the second half, the crowd of 2,122 continued to motivate the players. Substitute Lily Greenslade caused issues for the Ipswich defence on multiple occasions, one of which was via a volley that just flew over the crossbar.
Fellow substitute Charlotte Whitmore also went close in this period of Argyle dominance. Her shot from the edge of the area took a deflection that had players calling for a handball, but to no avail.
Argyle’s biggest chance came from Beth Ireland who, after a well-placed ball over the defensive line, rounded the keeper for what appeared to be Argyle’s first. However, Ireland's celebrations were cut short as the official’s flag was raised for offside shortly after the goal went in.
Late in the game, Ipswich extended their advantage. Natasha Thomas fired in off the post with eight minutes to go, and just before the 90-minute mark, she added a second. In stoppage time, a driven cross found the onrushing Anna Gray at the far post, and Ipswich completed their scoring.
Argyle will now look to bounce back from the defeat as they return to Women’s Vitality FA Cup action. The Greens will take on Swindon Town away from home on Sunday, 27 November.
Argyle: 1 Jasmine Read, 3 Rosie Train, 23 Rosie McDonnell, 5 Panagiota Papaioannou, 17 Tiana Campbell (6 Lucy Hack), 16 Georgia Wilson (13 Katie Dickson), 8 Kayley Lane, 18 Imy Crawford (9 Kaitlyn Morgan-Hemmens, 10 Zoe Cunningham (27 Lily Greenslade), 20 Beth Ireland, 11 Amber Pollock (7 Charlotte Whitmore).