Argyle Youth 3 Oxford Youth 0
19th August 2012
ARGYLE'S youngsters bounced back from last weekend's opening defeat at Yeovil with a superb second half display at Haye Road to deservedly record their first Football League Youth Alliance victory.Injuries had robbed Academy manager Kevin Hodges of several of his squad leaving him to field a starting line-up that included just three second year apprentices.
He also had schoolboys Tom Moxham and Callum Hall making their first starts with half-time substitute Mason Hughes making his debut.
Oxford looked the more dangerous side in the first half but they rarely looked capable of breaking through the home defence and the half ended goaless.
The second half was an entirely different affair with Argyle taking the lead after just four minutes.
Midfielder River Allen forced a fine save out of U's goalkeeper Eddie Cavanagh for half-time substitute Hughes follow-up effort to loop over the U's goalkeeper and under the bar.
Argyle now took command of the game with Hall unlucky to see his first time effort, from 25 yards, superbly tipped over the crossbar by Cavanagh before Colin Watson put a free header over from 12 yards.
Jordan Berry's 20 yard effort had Cavanagh scrambling to save, at the second attemp, before Argyle doubled their lead on 79 minutes.
Solomon Wheatley showed good skills in the area before firing across Cavanagh and inside the far post and the scoring was completed, in the final minute, as good play by Mason saw the ball find its way to the unmarked Watson who cooly slotted the ball home from six yards.
Argyle: Christian Walton, Colin Watson, Tom Moxham (Mason Hughes h-t), Andrew Elcock, James Bradley (c), Nathan Summers, Solomon Wheatley, River Allen, Jordan Berry, Lewis Moore (Joshua Hutchinson 77), Callum Hall (Keiran Asumadu-Sakyi 77). Substitute (not used): Jake Miller, Andrew Hannah.