YOUTH: Argyle 4 Forest Green Rovers 0
On a day where all Argyle Academy age groups got to experience competitive action on the Home Park pitch, the Pilgrims’ under-18 side put in a superb display to blow away Forest Green Rovers and climb to the top of the EFL Youth Alliance Merit League One table.
This was a superb display by the Argyle Youth team, who certainly made the most of the wide open spaces at the Theatre of Greens to expose a Rovers side who started the day level on points with the Pilgrims.
Two goals in each half were no more than Argyle deserved as they completely outplayed their visitors, moving ahead of Devon rivals Exeter City by virtue of a superior goal difference.
The young Pilgrims required just 11 minutes to open their account as Oscar Massey worked his way along the left byline to pull back a perfect ball for fellow striker Rhys Shirley to fire home from seven yards.
Shirley and Angel Waruih both had shots blocked by the visitors’ defence before Jamal Salawu spectacularly volleyed home an angled drive that flew into the far top corner of the Rovers goal.
Tails up and in control, the Greens came close again through Massey, who was unlucky to see his low drive skip across the face of the goal.
Welsh youth international Will Jenkins-Davies saw his cracking 25-yard effort crash against the visitors’ crossbar before Massey lobbed the ball over goalkeeper Luc Rees, but unfortunately just wide of the far post.
The second half was just eight minutes old when Carlo Garside's superb 40-yard pass found Shirley, who was crudely hauled down for a penalty which the Argyle striker easily converted.
Salawu was next to try his luck, but his curling drive flew narrowly over the bar before a rare Rovers chance saw Tyler Coombes tip Harvey Bunker's free kick over his bar.
The scoring was completed 11 minutes from time, as good play from Shirley saw Massey side-step a defender's challenge and fire low into the corner.
Picture galleries from Academy Super Sunday at Home Park will be released throughout the upcoming week courtesy of the Big Green Lottery, once the social media boycott is concluded.
Argyle: Tyler Coombes, Oscar Rutherford (Jack Endacott), Ethan Mitchell (Ali Mansaray 79), Brandon Pursall, Finley Craske, Carlo Garside (Caleb Roberts 82), Will Jenkins-Davies, Angel Waruih, Jamal Salawu, Rhys Shirley, Oscar Massey. Substitutes not used: Lewis Moyles, Sammy N'Sapu.