Cheltenham 2 Argyle Youth 2
ARGYLE ended a run of two defeats with this point at Cheltenham's Quat Goose training ground in the EFL Youth Alliance.
Unfortunately, the young Greens were left lamenting the fact they wasted a 2-0 lead by conceding twice in the final five minutes of the first half.
Rhys Shirley and Rubin Wilson had both gone close before the latter latched on to Carlo Garside's pass to smash the ball home from just inside the penalty area on seven minutes.
Good defending by Ollie Tomlinson led to Cheltenham earning a corner, from which Isaac Burden was knocked out after a clash of heads. The game had a lengthy hold-up awaiting the arrival of an ambulance to take the Argyle defender to hospital.
When the game restarted, it was Argyle who were left appealing, in vain, for a penalty after a tackle on Wilson in the area. The Pilgrims continued to make chances but it was not until the 34th minute that Wilson and Shirley once again combined for the latter to provide a clinical finish.
It was, however, poor defending at the back post, that led to Cheltenham scoring twice in the 40th and 45th-minute to go in level at the break.
The second half began with Cheltenham hitting the argyle post but Argyle, who were defending up the hill, came back strongly with Reuben Collum supplying several fine crosses that were not converted.
The game was end-to-end but the best chance fell to Argyle on 82 minutes when another Collum cross found Wilson free in the area, only to glance his header wide.
Cheltenham were reduced to 10 men two minutes later but battled hard to hold on to their point.
Argyle: Tyler Moore, Isaac Burdon (Oscar Halls 9), Alfie Wotton, Jarvis Cleal, Ollie Tomlinson, Jude Boyd, Angel Wariuh, Carlo Garside (Will Jenkins-Davies), Rubin Wilson, Rhys Shirley, Rueben Collum.