Argyle Under 18s 2 Bournemouth 1
ARGYLE'S youngsters bounced back from their unlucky FA Youth Cup defeat by Gillilngham with this hard fought EFL Youth Alliance victory over the Cherries at Langsford Park, Tavistock.
An early goal, from Bournemouth's first attack, shook the young Pilgrims, but Connor McAuley equalised before the break. Striker Alex Fletcher pounced with 15 minutes remaining to give Argyle a deserved come-from-behind victory.
"We started slowly after conceding in the first minute," said Academy Manager Kevin Hodges, "but the boys worked hard and fought their way back into the game.
"It was our work rate that got us back into contention and eventually gained up a positive result."
Bournemouth's left-back whistling in an excellent goal was not the ideal start for the Greens, but Argyle were unlucky not to level when Ryan Law's shot cannoned back off the crossbar.
However seven minutes before half-time, Josh Richards took a free kick on the right hand side of the area, and when the Cherries failed to clear McAuley cracked a low drive into the corner of the goal from just inside the box.
Both sides had chances in an open second half but it was Argyle who came the closest as Aaron Goulty forced a fine save out of the visiting goalkeeper.
The winning goal arrived 15 minutes from time as another Richards free-kick found Fletcher, who swept the ball home from six yards.
Argyle: Max Childs, Harry Hodges, Harry Downing, Jordan Bentley, Ryan Law, Aaron Taylor, Josh Richards, Cameron Sangster,Connor McAuley, Alex Fletcher, Aaron Goulty.