ARGYLE were unable to build on their fine victory at Swansea as they lost their first home game in the group stages of the Under-15s Premier League Cup.
The scoreline certainly did not reflect Argyle's performance but it was the Welsh visitors who were clinical with their chances. The young Greens started brightly, dominating possession without ever troubling the visiting goalkeeper and it was the Bluebirds who capitalised on a defensive error to breach the Argyle defence on the half-hour.
With the Pilgrims pushing for a leveller, it was Cardiff who broke down the left for the pull-back to find striker Cian Ashford giving them a two-goal half time advantage.
Once again, Argyle started the half brightly only for the Bluebirds to clear a corner and break up field for Ashford to notch his second and his side's third. Cardiff’s fourth came from a penalty after Harvey Field was adjudged to have fouled Ashford in the area for the striker to complete his hat-trick from the spot.
Argyle deservedly got on the scoresheet on 72 minutes, when a Will Jenkins-Davies free-kick found Jaydon Gilbert getting in front of his marker to head home.
"The competition has been an invaluable learning experience for our under-15s age group,” said Academy manager Phil Stokes.
"So far, the scorelines have not reflected how well we have played and we now look forward to entertaining Category One Academies Southampton and Swansea in the New Year.”
Argyle: Zak Baker, Brandon Lapthorne ( Trialist h-t), Harvey Field, Jeffrey Forkuo, Oscar Halls, Adam Poole, Will Jenkins-Davies, Caleb Roberts, Ryan Downing (Freddie Issaka 50), Jaydon Gilbert, Jack Endacott (Finley Wilkes 70). Substitutes (not used): James Morley, Harley Sneap.