Argyle Under-18s 3 Bristol Rovers 2
ARGYLE'S final EFL Youth Alliance fixture of 2016 resulted in an entertaining victory at Langsford Park, Tavistock in a game in which both teams fielded a young side.
The Pilgrims had Dan Rooney returning from illness but he, along with Alex Fletcher and Jordan Bentley, were the only second year apprentices in the squad.
First years Harry Hodges, Harry Downing, Cameron Sangster and Billy Craske where joined by under-16s Rio Garside, Tom Purrington, Max Childs and Aaron Goulty with the bench consisting mainly of under-15s.
Despite the young line-up, the home side required just two minutes to open their account when Rooney's free kick found Fletcher making a good run across goal to head home at the near post.
Argyle lost possession in a vital area for Rovers to equalise, six minutes later, but the Greens were soon back in the lead when Rooney's fine pass to Craske led to the a cross that was once more headed home by Fletcher.
It was 3-1 on 25 minutes as Sangster's free kick found Downing, whose header in to the corner of the visitors' goal completed the first half scoring.
Argyle dominated the second period with Sangster and Fletcher both missing good chances before Rovers pulled a goal back four minutes from time. It was, though, merely a consolation.
Argyle: Max Childs, Harry Hodges, Jordan Bentley, Harry Downing, Rio Garside (Harry Harvey-Searle 85), Billy Craske, Tom Purrington (Michael Peck 80), Dan Rooney (Mani Skett 72), Cameron Sangster, Alex Fletcher, Aaron Goulty.