Portsmouth under-18s 1 Plymouth Argyle 1

ARGYLE'S youngsters came so close to returning from Hampshire with three points after a fine performance at Portsmouth.

Jason Vincent first-half penalty put the Greens in front, only for Pompey to draw level near the start of the second half. 

A second penalty was awarded to the Pilgrims with 20 minutes remaining, but Vincent's effort was well saved by the Portsmouth goalkeeper. 

That was practically the only blemish on a fine performance by this young Argyle side who began the game with a strong wind at their backs.

Games against Pompey are always tough encounters but Argyle had the better of the first half after taking a 23rd minute lead. The visitors won a free kick on the edge of the area and Jack Calver's shot was handled, giving Jason Vincent the opportunity to fire the penalty low to the goalkeeper's left.

Argyle could have doubled their lead in the first minute of the second half but Alex Battle failed to round the home 'keeper when he burst free of the Pompey back four. Pompey made the most of this by breaking upfield to score the equalising goal with a free header in the area.

The Greens had an even better chance to score, 20 minutes from time, when Battle was scythed down in the area but Vincent's penalty was well saved by the Pompey 'keeper.

Argyle: Cory Harvey, Billy Palfrey, Liam Knowles, Jordan Bentley, Jamil Roberts, Josh Richards, Jack Calver, Sam Ryan (Luke Jephcott  80), Alex Battle, Alex Fletcher, Jason Vincent. Substitutes not used: Michael Cooper, Aaron Taylor, Harry Hodges.