While the scoreline may have been unflattering, Malaga Femenino's performance in the first Andalusian derby of the season on Sunday left many reasons to be optimistic.
The hosts at the Malaga Football Federation were much more at ease for the visit of the Real Betis than they showed in their previous two games, moving the ball around more easily and posing more of an attacking threat.
Patricia was left with her head in her hands on two occasions after passing up clear opportunities in front of the Betis goal, while Adriana struck a post and Pamela failed to convert after a defensive mix-up from a corner.
But it was a five-minute spell just before half time that was Malaga's undoing. Bea Parra benefitted from poor defensive positioning to give the visitors the lead in the 41st minute, before Rocío Gálvez doubled the advantage moments later with a header.
The first twenty minutes following the break were characterised by a lack of rhythm but when Priscila bagged Betis' third, all hope of a comeback was lost, especially when Adriana, seeing the goalkeeper of her line, hit the post from practically the half-way line.
It has been three heavy defeats out of three, but that didn't stop some 700 fans from braving the midday heat to back their team.