Youngsters on the Money
ARGYLE'S Under-15s ended this year's SuperCupNI as they had started it - with a 2-0 victory over local opposition.
Against County Fermanagh, they again totally dominated a game but, on this occasion, they reaped the correct reward for their endeavours.
Head of Youth Coaching Kevin Nancekivell gave debuts to goalkeeper Lewis Moyle and full-back Brandon Pursall, and a first start for Owen Raven at the Riada Stadium, Ballymoney.
kevin said: "We were really pleased with the lads, who had to hang on in there, keep doing the right things, pass the ball, and we then got the goals late in the game to make it a great way to finish the week.
"It's a squad game and the 18 boys who have been out here have been fantastic; we wanted to give experience to the lads, and the boys who came in today did a great job.
"This is all part of their future development. The SuperCup is a fantastic tournament and enhances their development massively and hopefully we will be back here next year with a different set of lads hoping to improve on everything we do."
Argyle started the game well and were unlucky when Raven's terrific drive came back off the post after just four minutes.
The young Pilgrims continued to push forward, with Jude Boyd curling one drive narrowly wide before a great cross from Pursall found Dominic Osborne heading home, only for the effort to be ruled out for a tight offside decision.
Nancekivell made two substitutions for the start of the second half and one of those players, Joe Seery, saw his fine effort tipped over the bar by goalkeeper Nathan Copeland.
Reuben Collum had sent a 25-yard effort over the bar before Argyle opened the scoring on 87 minutes. Raven sent in a great volley from the edge of the area that Copeland did well to parry but Seery raced in to steer the loose ball under the diving 'keeper.
Oliver Tomlinson's great challenge saved the day for Argyle in a rare Fermanagh attack before the Pilgrims took off the impressive Dominic Osborne to bring on Oscar Massey.
It proved to be another great substitution as Massey, in the third minute of stoppage time, ran at the Fermanagh defence to cut inside his marker and supply a great finish past the advancing Copeland.