IT has been an excellent week for the Argyle Academy, recording a hat-trick of victories in the Youth Alliance and Peninsula League.
The fun started with a combative win over Exmouth Town, where two goals from Nathan Blissett were enough to secure our sixth straight win in this competition. While Bliss was joined by a couple more first-team professionals in the Argyle squad, it was more great experience for the apprentices playing alongside them.
Less than 24 hours later and a goal from Cameron Sangster in the dying minutes gave us a terrific win at Forest Green in the Youth Alliance Cup. Sangster exchanged passes with Billy Craske before firing home and thus avoiding the need for a penalty shoot-out.
Argyle’s youth team then bagged a 2-1 win against Portsmouth at Home Park with goals from Luke Jephcott and Billy Craske.
Forwards Craske and Aaron Goulty had their fair share of chances to score within the first half but 25 minutes into the game it was Luke Jephcott who managed to give the young Pilgrims a promising lead.
Portsmouth’s Joe Dandy managed to quickly equalise within 10 minutes of the opening goal with a header from a corner.
Three minutes into the second half there was an impressive save from Argyle’s keeper Mike Cooper, and within 30 seconds Jephcott was challenging Pompey’s keeper one-on-one but was prevented from scoring. This was followed by a second challenge from Jephcott with the same outcome.
Throughout the second half it was clear to see that Argyle had picked up a lot of the possession and become the dominant team on the pitch. Jephcott again went close, as did Goulty and there were also plenty of chances from corners taken by Harry Hodges.
With about 15 minutes of the game remaining, Craske grabbed the winning goal for Argyle after an attempt from previous goal scorer Jephcott. Portsmouth could not find another equaliser, and the Pilgrims finished the game as deserved winners.