Match Report | Oxford United under-18s 1-3 Argyle Academy
Argyle's youngsters bounced back from last weekend's disappointing defeat at Forest Green Rovers with a superb display at Oxford United.
A Jamal Salawu brace and a super strike from Will Jenkins-Davies were enough to give Darren Way’s side a 3-1 win.
The U’s began the day just two points adrift of Argyle, but now find themselves five behind the Greens who consolidated fourth place with a game in hand over all those above them.
Argyle took the game to their hosts from the off and their first chance came after just three minutes when Jamal Salawu freed Freddie Issaka racing up field, but his final shot, under pressure, sailed just wide of the far post.
Issaka was proving a handful for the Oxford defenders and some great feet saw him cut in from the left before his shot was saved by the home goalkeeper.
Argyle were applying all the pressure and were rewarded by taking a 20th minute lead.
Oscar Rutherford's great pass played in Salawu who supplied a composed finish.
Will Jenkins-Davies then broke away but unfortunately his final effort flew just over the home goal.
The final five minutes of the half could have seen more goals for the young Greens, but Jenkins-Davies couldn’t quite convert a lovely cross from Rutherford.
It took Jenkins-Davies just a minute of the second half to finally double the visitors' lead as he drilled the ball under the diving Oxford 'keeper.
The home side then cut Argyle's lead to one goal on 53 minutes.
Argyle, though, restored their two-goal advantage on 59 minutes as Jenkins-Davies found Salawu sending his first time shot into the roof of the home net for his second of the game, thus taking his season's tally to 10 goals.
Argyle pushed for a fourth and Endacott decided to try his luck but his angled drive forced the best out of the Oxford 'keeper, who turned the ball away for a corner.
It was an impressive win for Argyle, who bounced back in the perfect way.
Plymouth Argyle: Lewis Moyle, Oscar Rutherford, Oscar Halls, Jeffrey Forkuo, Jack Matthews, Jack Endacott, Angel Waruih (Caleb Roberts 81), Carlo Garside (c), Will Jenkins-Davies, Jamal Salawu, Freddie Issaka (Kieran Edworthy 75). Substitutes not used: Zak Baker, James Morley, Harley Sneap.