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Argyle Under 18s 1 AFC Bournemouth 0

22 January 2016

A VERY young Pilgrims outfit returned to winning ways as they finished their championship season with a notable victory over the third place Cherries.

Argyle Academy Manager Kevin Hodges only included two second year apprentices -Ben Steer and Jamil Roberts - in his starting line-up which included young goalkeeper Michael Cooper plus central defender Elliot Crawford and midfielder Cameron Sangster.

Young central defender Harry Downing and striker Luke Jephcott came on in the second half and it was the latter who hit the only goal of the game on 65 minutes.

Dan Rooney's fine pass found Jephcott peeling off the Cherries defence to show a good first touch before firing low across the visiting goalkeeper and inside the right-hand post.

Argyle had Cooper to thank for a fine one-handed save, just prior to the goal, as he palmed the ball away as it appeared destined for the top corner.

Bournemouth made a fine start to the contest as Argyle took the first quarter getting used to their new formation but once they had become accustomed the Pilgrims looked comfortable for the rest of the game.

Argyle: Michael Cooper, Sam Ryan, Jamil Roberts, Aaron Taylor, Jordan Battle, Elliot Crawford (Harry Downing 70), Dan Rooney, Ben Steer (Luke Jephcott 50), Alex Fletcher, Alex Battle, Cameron Sangster. Substitutes not used: Cory Harvey, Josh Richards, Liam Knowles.


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