Southend U18s 1 Argyle U18s 2

ARGYLE maintained their unbeaten tag, and top spot in the Football League Youth Alliance Merit League One, with a victory at Southend on Saturday.

Goals from Jason Vincent and Mason Hughes, scoring his second in successive weeks, were enough for Argyle to see the game out, having gone a goal down in the first half. 

Academy Managet Kevin Hodges described the performance as: "The best football we have played for some time; Southend dropped off us giving us the room to  play." 

Southend's first opportunity saw them take a 20th minute lead but Argyle required just 10 minutes to restore parity when Hughes headed the ball across goal for Vincent to convert from two yards.

Hughes turned scorer, five minutes before the break, when his 20 yard free kick found the top corner of the Southend goal.

Argyle comfortably defended their lead in the second half and goalkeeper Cory Harvey did not have a real save to make although he did sweep up well behind his defence.

The Pilgrims had the best chance of the second half when a free kick found Vincent free, 10 yards from goal, only for him to shoot against the post.

Argyle had travelled to Southend on the Friday evening, including their under-16's in the party and they also came from behind to win 4-3.

They found themselves two goals down only to score twice to level the score before the interval and then score twice more in the second half to claim victory with Jordan Bentley, Alex Fletcher and 15-year-olds Billy Craske and Cameron Sangster all on target.

Argyle U18: Cory Harvey, Mason Hughes, Owen Jones, Will Sargent, Tom Moxham, Callum Hall, Billy Palfrey, Jack Calver, Ben Steer, Jason Vincent, Louis Rooney.