PLFL U19s Development League
Plymouth vs. Hereford United
Argyle’s under-19 Development side draw 1-1 Hereford United to halt a winning run in the PLFL Development League.
The Pilgrims had the best of the encounter, and went in front through Jack Crago after just five minutes. Despite dominance, they failed to add to their tally, and a second half equaliser by Tom Gameson was enough to earnt he Bulls a point.
Crago’s early strike, making no mistake after receiving a through-ball from Ruben Kane and firing the ball into the bottom left hand corner, put Argyle in a strong early position.
The visitors never really got going in the early exchanges and were nearly made to pay when Elliot Cunningham’s header flew just over the bar.
Hereford grew in confidence as the game went on and could have found themselves level if it wasn’t for the outstanding Tom McHale. Striker Matty Owen found himself one-on-one with McHale after a neat flick-on but was denied as the Plymouth number one got down quickly and smothered the ball.
Argyle felt they may have had a penalty when Jack Avery was brought down in the area, but despite the protests from the Plymouth bench referee Devon Campbell waved away the appeals.
Ollie Bowen replaced Avery early into the second half with Head Coach Martin Jones eager to double his side’s advantage. Hereford though had other ideas and found themselves level after an excellent finish from striker Gameson. It was United’s first corner of the game, and the unmarked Gameson fired acrobatically into the roof off the net to set up a dramatic final 30 minutes.
Argyle had two glorious chances to win it when the Hereford goalkeeper was caught flatfooted and had his crossbar to thank after the ball from Fletcher Williams’ free-kick. The ball then ricocheted off the woodwork to goalscorer Crago who hit the post with the follow-up.
The home side adopted a 3-4-3 formation as they looked for a winning goal with only minutes remaining. Hereford forward Matty Owen then had his second duel with McHale however was once more denied.
It was Argyle though that dominated the latter stages and had great chances saved with Elliot Cunningham, Joe Seldon and Connor Rush nearly grabbing the headlines as the contest finished a goal apiece.
Argyle: Tom McHale, Ben Cross (capt), Will Nesbitt, Fletcher Williams, Sam Lane, Elliot Cunningham, Jack Avery, Ruben Kane, Connor Rush, Charlie Knight, Jack Crago, Ollie Bowen, Joel Seldon, Cameron Brooks.