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Bournemouth U18s 3 Argyle U18s 0

23 September 2013

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ARGYLE paid the price for throwing caution to the wind as the Cherries scored twice in the final five minutes of this Football League Youth Alliance game in Dorset.

This was the Pilgrims first defeat in four games and the scoreline certainly did not reflect the part they played in the contest.

Head of Youth Kevin Hodges said: "Mental strength is so important when striving to be in a professional sporting environment. Our last two Youth Alliance League matches demonstrate this.

"A week after winning 3-0, we were on the reverse of the same scoreline, albeit unjustifiably so. It is how our young players can deal with a setback such as this that is important, and how you react to decisions that sometimes go against you, as they did at Bournemouth when the referee awarded a penalty against us.

"I do believe we have to become more clinical in front of goal as we certainly had created some good goalscoring opportunities."

Argyle started the game well and it was against the run of play that the home side took a first half lead.

The young Pilgrims were more dominant after the break and were lucky not to be level when Keiran Asumadu-Sakyi, pictured, hit the Cherries post with a cracking 25 yard drive.

Solomon Wheatley and River Allen were both denied goals by fine saves from the home goalkeeper before the referee pulled the play back, for an alleged shirt pulling incident, to give Bournemouth an 85th minute from which they doubled their lead.

With Argyle throwing everything forward the Cherries notched their third, and final goal, two minutes later.

Argyle: Andrew Hannah, Jake Miller, Nathan Summers, Tom Moxham, Ben Purrington, Keiron Asumadu-Sakyi (Will Sargent 80), River Allen, Ryan Lane, Solomon Wheatley (Callum Hall 80), Ethan Stark (Alex Fletcher 75), Joshua Hutchinson.

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