Argyle Youth 2 Exeter City Youth 1
ARGYLE'S youngsters left it late to beat their deadly rivals as two goals in the last six minutes saw them come from behind......to celebrate their return to Youth Alliance League football with a welcome three points.
All credit must be given to Kevin Hodges' young charges who were second best in the first half of this encounter at Haye Road only to come back strongly in the second half before finally gaining their reward.
Argyle started well with River Allen (pictured) firing wide, from the edge of the area, before Matt Lecointe's 18 yard drive deflected wide for a fruitless corner.
Exeter's ball over the top was catching the Argyle central defenders flat-footed and Matt Jay had already fired one chance across goal and wide before they the Grecians took a 26th minute lead.
Ollie Watkins burst through a square Argyle defence and, although Christian Walton made a fine block from his shot, the home defenders could only stand and watch as Jay controlled the ball on his chest before firing into the net from close range.
Argyle hit back with Tyler Harvey firing just wide from 25 yards before the highly-rated striker shot over the bar from a very acute angle.
The second half began with James Bradley's well-timed challenge denying Watkins before Grecian's 'keeper, Christy Pym, did well to turn Allen's blistering drive over his bar.
Hodges rang the changes and it certainly worked as Allen's corner was headed home by Nathen Summers before, with three minutes remaining, Harvey cut in along the byeline to squeeze his shot across Pym and inside the far post for a late winner.
Exeter's day of misery was completed when, after the final whistle, they had Hussein Heidari sent off for violent conduct.
Argyle: Christian Walton, Colin Watson, Ben Purrington, Andrew Elcock (Ryan Lane 83), James Bradley, Nathan Summers, Matt Lecointe (Solomon Wheatley 65), River Allen, Tyler Harvey, Joshua Hutchinson (Kieron Asumadu-Sakyi 74), Jordan Berry.