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Hard work pays off for Plymouth
 Women's Football News 14 Dec 2012
Hard work pays off for Plymouth - 14 Dec 2012 - Women's Football NewsPlymouth Argyle booked their place in the Second Round of the F.A.Women's Cup on Sunday, thanks to a hard earned 3-2 extra win against Forest Green Rovers at Slimbridge. 
The two teams near the top of the South West Combination produced a close battle and Argyle midfielder Rebekah Rose felt that the game had lived up to its billing. "It was really good," she told Women's Soccer Scene. "We knew when we first got here that it was going to be a really tough game - but we knew we had to put a shift in and every single one of us did, so we got the result we needed."
Plymouth needed to come from 2-1 behind at one stage but a late equaliser helped turn the match around in their favour. "We're a young and developing team but we work for each other and this game proves that," insisted Rebekah. "We don't give up and play as a team of eleven players on and off the pitch.
"We still fight for each other no matter what. If someone makes a mistake we encourage them, get their heads up and we carry on going."
Daisy Self played alongside Rebekah in the centre of midfield and she admitted: "It was hard work with the three of us in the centre of midfield but I think we overpowered them and got a good result.
"We were on top for about ten minutes [in the second half] and then made one mistake and gave away a bad goal really, but we pulled it back.
"At the end of the ninety minutes, I thought we were on top and could carry it over. In the second half of extra time we defended well and put our bodies on the line to win the game."
The winning goal came with the very last kick of the first period of extra time, Rebekah picking herself up to score from the penalty spot after having been fouled herself. "There was a little bit of nerves," she admitted, "but if you miss, you miss and if you score, you score - you've just got to try your hardest. Thankfully it paid off but I've had quite a lot of practice this year to be fair."
After the disappointment of relegation from the Premier League last season, Plymouth are rebuilding with a younger side and are currently fourth in the table. Rebekah is confident that the team can still go on to better things this season. "We lost Oxford but we were the better team on the day we just needed to take our chances," she said. "We won at Keynsham when they were top of the league so there is no reason why we can't beat any team in the league to be honest."
Rebekah is the younger sister of Bristol Academy and England Under-23 defender Jemma Rose and she has an extra incentive for a longer Cup run. "I'd love to play against Bristol Academy and show my sister a few things," she laughed. "It would be nice [to play at a higher level], any woman would like to play at that standard and especially in a cup final but by having a sister who is playing there, I can learn from her as well."
Plymouth have been drawn away to Larkhall Athletic in the Second Round.

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