ARGYLE produced a top display against a Bournemouth side packed with Premier League quality before going down to a late 3-2 defeat in the Central League Cup on Tuesday.
The Pilgrims played some terrific football at times, scoring two fine goals, and first-team coach Kevin Nancekivell was delighted with the application of his senior professionals and the development this sort of fixture brings to the younger players.
The Cherries struck first with a soft penalty decision but the Greens quickly regrouped and deservedly drew level with a superbly-taken header from Klaidi Lolos just before half-time.
Bournemouth included the likes of former Liverpool forward Jordan Ibe but the Pilgrims played with defensive discipline and attacking creativity throughout, recovering from conceding a second goal immediately after the restart to draw level again.
The second equaliser was an absolutely fabulous goal, as Lolos slammed home a terrific left-foot finish after a flowing move that carved open the Cherries on a damp day at the Canford Park Arena.
The Pilgrims had done more than enough to warrant a draw but were caught out by a Bournemouth counter-attack on 82 minutes that sealed all three points for the home side.
Argyle: Michael Cooper; Tafari Moore (Jarvis Cleal 55), Joe Riley, Mike Peck, Ollie Tomlinson, Ryan Law, Conor Grant (Charlie Miller 75), Adam Randell, Billy Clarke (Jude Boyd 60), Joel Grant (Rubin Wilson 70), Klaidi Lolos. Substitutes (not used): Tyler Coombes (GK).