Swansea 1 Argyle Youth 2
ARGYLE recorded their first group victory in the Under-15s Premier League Cup with this very impressive display against a Category One Academy side in Wales.
The Pilgrims had previously lost 4-2 at Cardiff and 5-2 in Southampton but the signs were there in both defeats that they were capable of collecting their first points in their third successive away game.
So it proved, as they established a 2-0 first-half lead before restricting their hosts to just the one reply in the second half to leave Academy Manager Phil Stokes to say: "A very good defensive display, showing a lot of resilience, both individually and collectively."
Argyle started brightly and were rewarded with a tenth-minute lead when Ryan Downing beat his marker on the left flank to drive into the box and unleash a fierce drive that took a deflection on its way into the home goal.
Swansea came back to dictate possession but a hardworking midfield and strong defence restricted the Welsh hosts to long-range efforts. Argyle were rewarded for their hard work with a second goal, late in the half, when Will Jenkins-Davies’ free-kick found Oscar Halls making the most of some hesitant goalkeeping to head home.
The Swans surged forward after the break and required just two minutes to pull a goal back, as a right-wing free-kick found a striker unmarked at the far post to fire home.
Argyle had the ideal opportunity to restore their two-goal advantage after Caleb Roberts was brought down in the box but the usually reliable Halls saw his spot-kick come back off the post for the home defence to clear their lines.
Once again, Swansea came back but Argyle defended magnificently to earn a deserved three points.
Argyle: Zak Baker (James Morley h-t), Brandon Lapthorne, Harvey Field, Jeffrey Forkuo, Oscar Halls, Brandon Quinn, Adam Poole (Isaac Aaron-Driscoll h-t), Will Jenkins-Davies, Ryan Downing, Caleb Roberts (Freddie Issaka 50), Jack Endacott.