Bristol Rovers Under-18s 5 Argyle 2

ARGYLE'S youngsters suffered their first defeat of the season, as Bristol Rovers finally saw off a persistent Pilgrims side.

After taking a first minute lead and doubling it on the half-hour, Rovers were pegged back by Cameron Sangster's goal before half-time. Rovers made it 3-1 before Mani Skett brought Argyle back to within one. Sadly, two late Rovers efforts killed off any comeback thoughts. 

Academy Manager Kevni Hodges said: "It was one of those games where we were still in with a shout with just two minutes to play only for Rovers to hit us on the break, as we were pushing for an equaliser, and score twice."

It was a young side that travelled to Bristol with Alex Fletcher, Callum Rose and Dan Rooney the only second years in the starting line-up. Hodges did take to opportunity to give two 15-year-olds their debut with goalkeeper Harry Townsend coming on for the last 10 minutes and Skett celebrating his first Youth Alliance appearance with a goal.

Once again Argyle were slow to start with Rovers opening the scoring after just 17 seconds and making it 2-0 on 28 minutes. Argyle replied, seven minutes before the break, with Rio Garside crossing from the left flank for Cameron Sangster to score.

Argyle pressed hard but were caught out again, on 72 minutes, when Rovers made it 3-1. Billy Craske's fine cross found Skett scoring at the far post five minutes from time, giving Argyle a sniff. 

Argyle threw everything into attack,  and Dan Rooney came close to levelling when his shot came back off the crossbar only for Rovers to break upfield and notch their fourth,  with a fifth arriving almost on time.

Argyle: Max Childs (Harry Townsend 80), Harry Hodges (Sam Morgan 60), Ryan Law, Callum Rose, Elliott Crawford, Dan Rooney, Cameron Sangster (Michael Peck 80), Tom Purrington, Alex Fletcher, Rio Garside (Mani Skett 70), Billy Craske.