Youngsters Win Again
Argyle 2 Santa Maria de Liray, Colina 1
ARGYLE'S Milk Cup side belied their tender years by registering their second successive victory after coming from behind to beat a very physical and talented South American opponent at Rugby Avenue, Coleraine.
After going a goal down to Atricio Romero's long range effort, Argyle fought back to win 2-1 thanks to a brace from Luke Jephcott, who was the goal hero 24 hours previous.
The young Pilgrims go into Wednesday's final group game against Brentford aware that victory could see them in the last four of the Milk Cup for the second season running.
The plaudits will obviously go to striker Jephcott who added two more goals to his winner from Monday's 1-0 victory over Donegal, but Argyle had several heroes on the pitch in this match; none more than the diminutive, but tenacious, Adam Randell who drew praise from the opposition manager for his performance.
The youngsters also proved they are capable of shaking off the disappointment of going a goal down as the Chileans took a 24th minute lead through a superb 35-yarder by striker Atricio Romero.
Argyle had a good shout for a penalty ignored in the first half but the referee had little option but to award the Greens a spot-kick seven minutes after the break.
Good work by Kieran Rowe and Jack Crocker led to Rio Garside's dummy putting Stuart Lamont in possession. His astute pass put Josh Barrett through, but he was scythed down, and a penalty given. Jephcott sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot.
Jephcott's second, two minutes from time, was worthy of winning any game as Lamont put the striker away to fire across the keeper and inside the far top corner of the goal.
Argyle: Jordan Duffey, Rio Garside, Tom Purrington, Harry Downing, Elliott Crawford (Jack Rhead), Adam Randell, Luke Jephcott, Aaron Goulty (Kieran Rowe), Joshua Barrett (Jack Crocker), Isaac Burdon,
Stuart Lamont. Substitutes not used: Max Childs, Michael Peck, Oliver Tomlinson.