It’s A Draw
January 22, 2015
Alan Walsh’s Under 18 Academy side have drawn 1-1 with their Plymouth counterparts this afternoon in their last away fixture of the scheduled league season. The newly established Merit League starts in February.
The Youth Alliance South West Under 18’s fixture against Plymouth Argyle, scheduled to take place at Elburton’s Haye Road, took place instead at the University of St Mark and St John.
The game, kicked off at 12 noon on Thursday 22nd January 2015.
(Match Report below courtesy of Keith Brookman, Pirate Programme Editor.)
Plymouth Argyle 1. v. 1. Bristol Rovers
Our U-18 side played out a 1-1 draw against Plymouth Argyle yesterday in a match that Youth Team Manager Alan Walsh felt they had the edge.
Having taken a first half lead through Elliott Green, they had to settle for a point after Jason Vincent equalised for the home side.
The draw extended the side’s unbeaten run to nine and Alan had this to say afterwards; “Argyle are second in the league and so it was an excellent result for us especially in view of the fact that we had to leave the Memorial Stadium at 8.00am and spend three hours travelling down to Plymouth.
“The game was played on a very good 3G pitch but the lads adapted well and in quite an even first half, during which both sides played some good football, we took the lead after half an hour.
“A corner into the box saw the ball cleared as far as Connor Jones who decided to take a shot. To be honest, it was going quite wide of the target, but hit Alfie Kilgour and was diverted back into the penalty area where Elliott Green was on hand to slot it into the net.”
Not for the first time this season, though, his side failed to put away any more of the chances they created in that opening half and in the opening exchanges of the second period.
“Don’t get me wrong, Plymouth also had chances to score but we were the team in the ascendancy at the start of the second half and took the game to them.
“Plymouth’s U-15 goalkeeper Michael Cooper played very well and kept them in the game at times, but if we had taken a few more of the opportunities we created then we would have won the game quite comfortably.
“However our defence, which had been solid all the way through, made a costly mistake with 20 minutes remaining. I can only describe it as a lapse of concentration that allowed a cross to come in from the right where Jason Vincent beat Kieran Preston to earn his side a point.”
Rovers: Kieran Preston, Tyler Lyttle, Tom Fry, Harrison Trueman, Alfie Kilgour, Connor Jones, Elliott Green, George Corp (Bradley Confrey, 75), Blake Davies, Mitch Palmer, Ryan Broom
Substitute: Cameron Clarke
Plymouth Argyle’s Academy Manager, Kevin Hodges, said:- “To be fair to Bristol, they haven’t been beaten in nine games, so I’m pleased,” . “I want to also mention our young keeper Michael Cooper who made some exceptional saves today.”
The academy are now hoping to end the season with 10 games unbeaten. Their last league defeat was in September 2014.
Plymouth Argyle have ended up league runners-up to the outstanding AFC Bournemouth Academy Youth side.
The Youth side have one HOME fixture left. If you want to watch them they play at The Mem this Saturday.
The Memorial Stadium match has a 11.00 am kick off.
YOUTH ALLIANCE SOUTH WEST
UNDER 18 LEAGUE RESULTS
Sat Aug 9 Newport C. H 1-2
Sat Aug 16 Portsmouth A 3-3
Sat Aug 23 Torquay U. H 4-1
Sat Aug 30 Cheltenham A 1-2
Sat Sep 6 Plymouth A. H 0-1
Sat Sep 13 Oxford U. H 0-2
Sat Sep 20 Exeter C. A 1-3
Sat Sep 27 Swindon T. H 0-1
Sat Oct 11 Bournemouth A 1-1
Sat Oct 25 Cheltenham H 1-1
Sat Nov 1 Exeter C. H 1-0
Sat Nov 15 Oxford U. A 2-0
Sat Dec 6 Swindon T. A 1-0
Tue Dec 9 Bournemouth H 1-1
Sat Dec 20 Newport C. A 4-4
Sat Jan 17 Torquay U. A 4-2
Thu Jan 22 Plymouth A. 1-1
Sat Jan 24 Portsmouth H