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Argyle U15s 1 Swansea City 0

Deserved Late Win in Floodlit Cup

4 February 2020

ARGYLE ended their group stage of the Premier League Under-15s Floodlit Cup with a fine victory over their Category One opponents on the main pitch at Home Park.

This was Argyle's second victory in their group as they finished with seven points from their six games, which were all against opposition from Category One and Two clubs.

The Pilgrims started brightly, with Welsh International Will Jenkins-Davies prominent as they created two chances in the opening 17 minutes. A good move on the right found Jenkins-Davies cutting in along the bye-line but his final shot flew into the side-netting.

Jaydon Gilbert then made good progress through the middle before slipping the ball to Jenkins-Davies but his shot lacked the power necessary to beat Ewen Griffiths in the Swansea goal.

Chances continued to materialise with Ryan Downing and Caleb Roberts both firing their efforts straight at Griffiths. Downing then fired over from the edge of the area before Swansea's first attempt on goal came on 36 minutes when Dan Watts fired over Zac Baker's crossbar.

The first half was in stoppage time when Tom Stokes header forced Baker into his first real save of the game.

Swansea began the second half with more conviction but failed to make an impression on the Argyle defence and it was the Pilgrims who soon fashioned a good chance.

Freddie Issaka's great ball over the Swansea defence found Gilbert cutting in from the right but he hurried his shot which flew across goal and wide. The best chance of the game came on 62 minutes as Stokes' found himself in the clear only to shoot well wide.

The all-important breakthrough came three minutes from time when Jenkins-Davies’ right-wing free-kick was headed home, from close range, by Harvey Field.

Even then there was enough time for the impressive Jenkins-Davies to cut inside and let fly with a drive that Griffiths did well to deflect on to his bar.

Academy Manager Phil Stokes was delighted with his side's performance, saying "The lads were not only terrific tonight but also throughout the competition.

"We will now be in the Shield competition where we will meet Category One side West Brom at a date and venue to be decided."

Argyle: Zac Baker, Adam Poole, Jack Endacott, Jeffery Forkuo, Oscar Halls (c), Harvey Field, Freddie Issaka (Izeak Aaron-Driscoll 75), Will Jenkins-Davies, Jaydon Gilbert, Caleb Roberts (Brandon Quinn 67), Ryan Downing (Finley Wilkes). Substitutes (not used): Harley Sneap, James Morley, Harry Gregory, Brandon Gavican-Lapthorne.


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