Match Report: Cardiff City Ladies vs Plymouth Argyle (1-5)

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By Tom Lea

Cardiff City Ladies suffered a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of relegation rivals Plymouth Argyle in a disappointing display at Cardiff University playing fields this afternoon.

The Blues were up against it from the first whistle with Plymouth threatening Laura O'Sullivan's goal as early as the second minute when debutant Mari Ward crossed from the right and Gabi Alphous sent her volley just wide of the top right corner.

Just over 10 minutes later, the visitors took a deserved lead when a long ball forward bounced over the Cardiff backline and Alphous guided her lob over O'Sullivan and into the unguarded net.

Cardiff nearly hit back instantly through Chloe Lloyd, who let fly from range but saw Poppy Soper superbly tip her effort onto the base of the post.

Shortly later, Argyle captain Zoe Cunningham stepped up and fired a contentious free-kick off the wall and into the bottom corner with a deflection taking the ball beyond the Cardiff captain's desperate dive.

Plymouth continued to dominate possession but shortly before the interval, Cardiff felt they should have been awarded a penalty as a desperate lunge brought Lloyd to the ground in the area but the referee waved away vociferous appeals from the home side.

The hosts anger was compounded mere seconds later as Amber Pollock was played in behind a static backline and lashed a fantastic volley off the right-hand upright and beyond O'Sullivan to give the away side a clear advantage heading into the break.

Ten minutes after the interval, the Pilgrims scored a fourth, taking advantage of some confusion in the Cardiff backline as Alphous was played in and sent her effort beyond Wales number one to grab her second of the afternoon and guarantee the points were making their way back to Devon.

On the hour mark, Cardiff gave themselves a glimmer of hope as Kelly Isaac stepped up and fired a fantastic free-kick beyond Poppy Soper and into the corner of the net.

The Welsh number two was in fine form, making a few excellent saves to repel efforts from bodies in blue before Emily Eaton compounded Cardiff's misery, slotting a composed finish beyond O'Sullivan to add a touch of gloss to the scoreline and leave Cardiff looking anxiously over their shoulders towards the bottom four.