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Argyle U18 2 Bournemouth 3

21 August 2018

ARGYLE lost in the first round of the Youth Alliance Cup, but came away with plenty of credit after losing to a last minute goal from a more experienced Cherries outfit.

It was Argyle who started the game well and for the first half an hour they were well in control after serving up some of the best football they have played this season.The Pilgrims played a pressing game, closing their opponents down in midfield and the visitors found it hard to combat this.

The young Pilgrims were given the ideal start when striker Klaidi Lolos showed good control before lashing a 25-yard drive into the far top corner of Tom Parker-Trott's goal.

Rio Garside's fine pass ended with Jude Boyd cutting in from the right but his shot lacked to power to beat the Cherries 'keeper, as Argyle sought to turn their dominance into more goals. 

Lolos sent a great pass inside the Cherries full back for Mani Skett to hit a low drive that sped across goal but wide of the far post.

Lolos was having a fine game and another 25-yarder crashed against the post before Adam Randell saw his goal bound effort deflected on to the same post.

Argyle were finally rewarded with a second goal, which was certainly a candidate for the best in the game as Joe Seery's driven right wing cross found Randell lauching his body in at the near post to sending a powerful header into the far top corner of the net.

The turning point of the game came a minute before the break as the impressive Christian Daydee pulled on back for the visitors with a spectacular overhead kick.

The goal proved to be the catalyst of the Cherries fightback as they came out a different side after the break and Argyle had to defend in a prolonged periods for the first time in the game.

Bournemouth had to wait until 15 minutes from time for their equaliser as Tom Dinsmore cracked a fine drive past Max Childs from 20 yards.

It was now that the visitors were to curse the woodwork as Ryan Glover and Tom Hanfrey both saw efforts come back into play.

Just as penalties loomed Hanfrey had better luck in the final minute of the game as he arrived at the far post to send a low drive into the far corner.

Argyle: Max Childs, Joe Seery, Reuben Collum (Brandon Pursall 89), Tom Purrington, Michael Peck, Ollie Tomlinson, Mani Skett (Oscar Massey 81), Adam Randell, Klaidi Lolos (Rubin Wilson h-t), Rio Garside, Jude Boyd (Jimmy Miller 65). Substitute not used: Harry Townsend.


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