Wilmot Delighted With Opening Victory

ARGYLE youth coach Paul Wilmot had every right to be delighted with the efforts of his young players after the opening Milk Cup Victory over Donegal SL.

"The opening game in any competition will always be one where nerves will show before or during the game," said Wilmot, "But to be fair, and all credit to them, they went out and did their job.

"It was a gritty first game against a two very determined sides. We tried to take the game to them as we have good pace up front and we attempted to play the ball from the back and through the midfield. To be fair to Donegal they did begin to come back at us towards the end of the first half as we tended to sit back a bit and soak up a bit of pressure.'

Argyle made a change during the break, bringing on youngster Rio Garside, a more attacking left back, and they quickly restored their momentum. Goalkeeper Max Childs also played a crucial part in Argyle's victory. 

Paul said: "It was a difficult game for Rio to come into but he settled in quickly and linked up will with our attacking options. It's all about achieving the kind of balance you want against a very determined opposition. Donegal were determined and had a game plan, but we did what we could do to disrupt that and Rio formed a very big part of that second half.

"Max was crucial today; his performance did his confidence a world of good by making two or three very good saves. One in particular, in first half stoppage time, when he somehow got to a shot that had been deflected over him and was heading for the far corner."

Next up for Argyle is Chilean side Santa Marta de Liray, as the young Pilgrims look to extend their winning start. "Let's just say it will be easier to keep them calm rather than lifting heads," said Wilmot