Argyle U18s 1 Watford U18s 0

ARGYLE'S youngsters began their Merit League One fixtures in the best possible way with a 1-0 victory over a good Watford side at Elburton Villa's Haye Road ground.

Elburton did well to get the game on but the pitch was obviously very sticky which meant that mistakes were bound to be made.

'We adapted well to the conditions and although Watford had a couple of half-chances they never really troubled our goalkeeper Andrew Hannah. Perhaps it was a case of the team that made the least mistakes won,' said Argyle Academy Manager Kevin Hodges.

Argyle had chances to take a first half lead with Louis Rooney laying the ball off for Callum Hall to shoot wide before the best chance came two minutes before the break. A good passage of play between Rooney and Ryan Lane set up Jason Vincent but the usually reliable striker shot wide.

Rooney then had a chance to send his side in leading at the break but he steered his header wide of the visitor's goal.

Argyle took charge of the game after the break, although this pacey Watford side were always dangerous on the break. The all-important goal came on 63 minutes when Owen Jones' long ball fell in behind the Hornets defence for Rooney to round the visiting 'keeper and slot the ball home.

Argyle: Andrew Hannah, Mason Hughes, Jamil Roberts, Will Sargent, Owen Jones, Tom Moxham, Billy Palfrey, Callum Hall, Jason Vincent, Ryan Lane.