Report | Cheltenham Town under-18s 0-2 Argyle Academy

Cheltenham Town 0 Argyle 2
Salawu 35’
Jenkins-Davies 56’

Argyle Academy moved joint top of the EFL Youth Alliance league with a 2-0 win at Cheltenham Town.

With the top two, Portsmouth and AFC Bournemouth, not in action this week, both Argyle and Exeter City had the chance to move level with them at the summit of the table.

Exeter's victory at Forest Green Rovers meant that Argyle needed three points from their visit to the Energy Check Training Ground to join the Cherries and the Grecians on 28 points.

The Pilgrims did not disappoint as a goal in each half, from Jamal Salawu and Will Jenkins-Davies, was enough to give the Greens victory.

Although looking comfortable in the first half it took the young Greens until the 35th minute to make the initial breakthrough, as Jamal Salawu followed up on last weekend's brace in the 3-1 victory at Oxford United with his 11th goal of the season.

Oscar Rutherford combined with Jenkins-Davies down the right flank and the latter's cross caused confusion in the home defence before Salawu showed his predatory talents to put them out of their misery.

The visitors required just 11 minutes of the second half to double their lead as a foul on skipper Carlo Garside gave Jenkins-Davies the opportunity to lash a 20 yard free-kick into the top corner of the Robins’ goal.

The Welsh under-18 international, who was on the bench for the first team at Fleetwood Town in midweek, is also having a fine season in front of goal with that effort his eighth success so far this campaign.

Argyle easily saw out the remainder of the game to get the points and with the race for the EFL Youth Alliance South West division hotting up, Argyle will know the importance of next week's visit of Exeter.

Plymouth Argyle: Lewis Moyle, Oscar Rutherford, Oscar Halls, Jeffery Forkuo (Jack Matthews 75), Brandon Pursall, Jack Endacott, Angel Waruih (Caleb Roberts 55), Carlo Garside (capt),  Will Jenkins-Davies, Jamal  Salawu, Freddie Issaka. Substitutes not used: James Morley, Kieran Edworthy, Freddie Wilkes.

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