LOOKING for a win to keep pressure on at the top and go into a promotion spot in Western 2A, Marjon faced Southampton Solent on the main pitch at Test Park.
The Solent side started well with a shot narrowly off target. It was a promising start to the game for Solent and one that brought a very physical test to the Marjon team. Lots of points and improvements to be made from last week’s cup exit.
A long Marjon kick was allowed to bounce by a Solent defender and allowed Irwin to have a chance, but his header was saved. Solent went ahead on 16 minutes, when a fine 30-yard through pass was finished into the far corner.
Solent continued to play well but a second goal would not come, with Marjon holding strong and starting a fight-back. Tetley, for Marjon, was just over from the right, whilst Liam Prynn also went close with the ‘keeper making a good Save to his left. Kyle Marks in the Marjon midfield was working well, however, Solent retained their lead going into the interval.
Marjon stepped up and found another gear in the second half. Lewis Jago replaced the injured Phil Payne. Southampton GK got down low to save from Irwin to keep the Solent lead intact, but it didn’t last much longer.
Marjon turned the game on its head in the space of ninety seconds. First, a Marks shot from the edge of the box caught a wicked deflection and left the ‘keeper with no chance and that was quickly followed by a penalty when the home custodian floored Irwin.
Prynn despatched it well into the corner and suddenly Marjon were in dominant mood. Thompson’s stab at an Ireland cross hit the outside of the net, lots of players controlled their individual areas, and Marjon extended their lead with ten minutes remaining when Irwin laid the ball off to Ireland who shot firmly into the corner.
Another attempt was well blocked but Marjon netted again when a cross from the right got to Loosemore who created a bit of Dennis Bergkamp magic to score his first for the first team.
It turned out to be a great win for Marjon who now move into 2nd place in the league. Head Coach Gary Jeffery said: “The lads showed bottle today, they answered lots of questions I fired at them this week , credit to them.
“The Southampton side were big and physical, and we matched them first half today but then we found the rhythm and quality BOP BOP football we can play. It was wonderful to watch in a great second half.
Goal scorers – Marks/ Prynne /Ireland / Loosemore
MOM- Kyle Marks
Great team performance can we now continue to work consistently with good concentration at training in the weeks to come. Up the Jons
FALMOUTH’S Constantine Primary School is one of six lucky primary schools across England and Wales who are set to have the Premier League Trophy on site for the day, after a teacher from their school registered for the new Premier League Primary Stars Programme, a free online resource for teachers across England and Wales.
Constantine Primary School was chosen at random as a reward for early registration to the new Premier League Primary Stars website. The Premier League Primary Stars Trophy Tour will kick off in Falmouth on Thursday before heading to Nuneaton, London, Southampton, Poulton-le-Fylde and Middlesbrough.
Helen Bancroft, Headteacher at Constantine Primary School, was drawn at random from over 1,000 entries into the Premier League Trophy Tour Competition and will now be able to showcase the Premier League Winners’ prize to their pupils. The school will also have the chance to run activities on the day in conjunction with Plymouth Argyle.
The Premier League Primary Stars website is a new resource available for teachers, which contains information packs, classroom assets, videos and planning tools across a range of subjects, including PE, PSHE, Maths and English.
The Premier League Primary Stars Programme not only encompasses the new website resource but also includes events like the Premier League Schools Tournament and other offers like the Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme which sees primary schools apply for free Nike strips for their school football team.
The Premier League Trophy Tour will head to these primary schools and associated football clubs:
Premier League Primary Stars Trophy Tour dates and locations:
Thursday 23rd Feb – Constantine Primary School, Falmouth (Plymouth Argyle FC)
Tuesday 21st March – Barlestone C of E Primary School, Nuneaton (Leicester City FC)
Wednesday 22nd March – Fransican Primary School, Tooting (Chelsea FC)
Thursday 23rd March – Fairisle Junior School, Southampton (Southampton FC)
Thursday 30th March – Preesall Fleetwood's Charity Church of England Primary School, Poulton-le-Fylde (Fleetwood Town FC)
Friday 31st March – Archibald Primary School, Middlesbrough (Middlesbrough FC)
For more information on PL Primary Stars and the opportunities for schools in our area, please contact email@example.com or call Stewart on 01752 562561 ext.4
This special tournament is hosted on the hallowed turf of Home Park and the first-team training pitch at Harpers Park, with all teams guaranteed to play at least one game in the Theatre of Greens.
The Community Cup is open to Under-8, Under-9, Under-10 and Under-11 teams. The Under-8 and Under-9 tournament will be played on Saturday, May 6, with the Under-10 and Under-11 teams taking their place on Sunday, May 7.
Please note that should the Plymouth Argyle first-team be competing in the League 2 Play-Offs, the Community Cup will be cancelled and a full refund issued to all clubs.
There is a limit of 24 teams for each age group. It will be a six-a-side tournament and no more than 12 players per squad, with each team playing a minimum of four matches, of which one will be played on the main Home Park pitch. Mini-soccer rules will be used during the matches. Each club will only be allowed to enter two teams per age group.
There will be a fee to enter the tournament of £70 per team. This will cover entrance fees and admission to the ground for players and parents. There is an early bird sign up fee before Friday, March 31 of £50. Entry fees are non-refundable unless they conflict with Plymouth Argyle fixtures in the League 2 Play-Offs, where the Community Cup will be cancelled.
Any club who would like to take part in the tournament are requested to complete the application form and return by Friday, April 14 to: Argyle Community Trust, Plymouth Argyle FC, Home Park, Plymouth, PL2 3DQ or book by calling 01752 562561 extension 4. Please feel free to book over phone, post, e-mail or drop into club.
Application form and fee must be received together to confirm your place in the community Cup.
Entry to the Community Cup will be on a first come, first served basis and a place will only be confirmed once payment and application form has been received. No spaces can be reserved.
If you have any queries please contact Football Development Manager Jason Chapman firstname.lastname@example.org
A FANTASTIC February half-term comes to a happy conclusion and the coaching team with Argyle Community Trust are already looking to our next window of football opportunities.
The Easter football roadshows are traditionally some of the most popular courses in our schedule, as we all look to get more active in the improving weather conditions.
We have 34 sessions scheduled over 10 days and at 14 different venues across Devon and Cornwall. Courses generally run from 10am – 3pm and are open to boys and girls aged 5 – 15 years, but we do also have a dedicated Tint Tots session and the Pan Disability course for footballers with a disability.
Each participant on our football roadshow specials will receive a free gift and special Argyle prizes will be up for grabs. A full progamme is available below, along with the booking form. For further information, please can 01752 561561 ext.4 or email email@example.com
ARGYLE Ladies promotion charge continues thanks to this hard fought victory over a very entertaining Keynsham outfit.
The result left manager Dave Leonard slightly bemused as he said: “For the opening 25 minutes we were the best team and for the next 20 minutes we were the worst. Thankfully we stuck to our game plan and were deserved winners.”
Ezme Wells was declared fit to play following a car accident with midfielder Dani Barr also able to play having recovered from a broken wrist, while newcomer Zoe Cunningham was named as one of the substitutes.
Argyle started the game well and should have taken a fourth-minute lead when Tori Marks raced on to a Natasha Knapman through ball only to be denied by a superb save by goalkeeper Collette Bell.
The pressure eventually told in the ninth minute when, after Keynsham failed to clear a corner, Barr slammed in a superb 20-yard half-volley under the crossbar. Five minutes later and it was 2-0, when Knapman found the pacey Marks who neatly lobbed the ball into the net over Bell.
Argyle were then left stunned and confused when in the 21st minute goalkeeper Michaela Phillips made a hash of a back pass with the ball eventually being bundled into the net by Katie Cook. This seemed to completely unsettle Argyle who quickly lost their shape and composure.
Keynsham were now on top with Phillips saving low and Brazilian Geovana Cristina dos Santos firing narrowly wide. Argyle were further hampered when defender Ebony Dover fell awkwardly and had to be replaced by Mollie Taylor. Barr was then cautioned for a rash challenge as Argyle trooped off at half time lucky to still be in front.
Argyle were almost caught napping early in the second half when lively Brazilian Santos’ cross was volleyed narrowly over the crossbar by Jade Radburn, with another shot deflected over.
The Pilgrims then started to dominate with Knapman the focal point of most of the attacks and it was her superb through ball to Marks on the hour mark which ended with the young striker finding the bottom corner of the net.
Argyle were now in full attack mode with lively wingers Wells and Amber Pollock starting to get in behind the visitors defence and the midfield playing a higher line. A minute later Argyle brought on Becky Atkins for Kayleigh Brown.
Knapman then found Marks who was denied by Bell. Argyle kept up the pressure and their efforts paid off in the 65th minute when they forced a defender into a poor back pass leaving Knapman to react the quickest to nip in and fire the ball into an empty net to make it 4-1.
Keynsham then scored a bizarre goal two minutes later when Nadine Grogan launched a remarkable free kick from inside her own half which was allowed to bounce over Phillips. Keynsham still looked dangerous and Wells was cautioned for a rash challenge.
Barr then had a header saved before the home defence managed to scramble the ball clear. Wells was substituted by Kayley Lane before the industrious Barr sealed this valuable win by racing on to a great Atkins through ball to slide the ball home before being flattened by Bell.
“It was nice to get in a solid performance,” said Leonard. “What was pleasing was that we scored two goals on what we knew where they were vulnerable. The work rate and effort was superb in fact everyone put in a great shift.
“Mollie Taylor slotted in well when she came on, Rachel Javan played well at left back and Becky Atkins came on and bolstered up the midfield and our front line were awesome once they got going.”
Argyle: Michaela Phillips, Jessie Boston, Rachel Javan, Katie Middleton, Ebony Dover (Mollie Taylor 23) Amber Pollock, Ezme Wells (Kayley Lane 83), Kayleigh Brown (Becky Atkins 61) Dani Barr, Tori Marks, Natasha Knapman. Unused substitutes Zoe Cunningham, Gabi Alphous.
GIRLS from the Plymouth Argyle Advanced Development Centre finished just two points behind Premier League outfit AFC Bournemouth in a recent tournament staged at Yeovil Town.
The final table was harsh on the hosts who battled valiantly through the age groups, but a terrific achievement from the Pilgrim girls, as we finished just two points behind Bournemouth in games played across four age groups.
The tournament was attended by stars from Yeovil Town Ladies, Steph Beck and Welsh international Nicola Cousins, who also showed off the Women’s Super League 2 Trophy won by Yeovil last season.
A full list of results is included below and to find out more about opportunities for female footballers, please contact our PL Girls Officer Bow Jackson on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01752 562561 ext.4
Yeovil 2-10 Argyle
Argyle 8-2 AFC Bournemouth
Yeovil 0-7 Argyle
Argyle 0-2 AFC Bournemouth
Yeovil 4-8 Argyle
Argyle 1-3 AFC Bournemouth
Yeovil 1-1 Argyle
Argyle 1-0 AFC Bournemouth
THE growing Argyle Boxing Club is taking a new step with the grand launch of our male only Boxing sessions on Monday, March 6, running from 4.30-5.30pm.
Launch night will be completely free and then just £1 per session, so join us every Monday night for a fantastic way to get fit and in shape for the summer.
Inspiration for the male Boxing night stems from the fantastic interest shown in our female Boxing sessions, which run every Thursday from 5-6pm at Home Park and also just £1 per session.
The Boxing nights will also incorporate various fitness elements, utilising the fully-equipped gym at Home Park and the unique environment of a professional football club.
All our Boxing sessions are open to young people aged from 11 – 19 years. You can book online here.
The Boxing nights come under our PL4 Sport programmes and more information is available with Social Inclusion Officer Ryan Hooper on email@example.com or call 01752 562561 ext.4
A SPECIAL day for footballers on the PL Girls programme at Eggbuckland, as they were joined by Argyle stars Paul Arnold Garita and Jakub Sokolik.
It was a fantastic experience for all involved and another step forward for our expanding PL Girls programme. To find out more, please contact PL Girls Officer Bow Jackson on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01752 562561 ext.4
“The girls were really excited to have professional footballers join them for their training session today, not only did they get to play with them but also the opportunity for question and answer was brilliant. The girls were truly inspired.”
(Helen Mullally, Head of PE)
View our video here and subscribe to the Argyle Community Trust YouTube Channel.
ARGYLE Community Trust offers a clear route of progression for all youngsters joining our football programmes.
From the Tiny Tots to holiday courses and after-schools clubs, our coaches are always on the lookout for talented youngsters to then make the next step to our Long Term Player Development Centres, held at Plymstock and Marjon.
The Trust has always placed an emphasis on developing home-grown talent and the LTPD programme aims to give gifted young people the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Our LTPD centres offer high quality coaching around key elements of the game. Depending on the age, coaching primarily focuses on attacking, transitions, defending and ball manipulation.
Reviews are commonly held at a four-month point within the LTPD centre. Coaches decide whether the player needs to improve in the four coaching corners: technical, tactical, psychological and physical ability. At this point, coaches also determine whether to retain the player at the current level, or move them up or down.
Players can then progress on to a six-week trial at the Centre of Excellence. If successful here, they can potentially be offered a trial for the full Plymouth Argyle Academy trial or, for the younger ones, they can be invited to a pre-Academy.
A key example of a quality player who has worked through the centres within the LTPD is Harvey Rothwell. Harvey started his progression at after-school clubs and half term sessions with Argyle Community Trust. He then went onto the LTPD centre of excellence and pre academy. Now, Harvey is training at Argyle’s Academy level.
To find out more about our Long Term Player Development Programmes at Argyle Community Trust, please contact Darrel Harris on email@example.com
By Annie Lewis
A SWEET weekend for all things Argyle actually started with a Devon derby between participants from our PL Kicks Academy and visitors from Exeter City.
The appetiser for an excellent 3-0 victory for the Pilgrims in League 2 also ended in a Green victory, as our PL Kicks squad recovered from conceding the first goal to secure an impressive 9-1 triumph.
Ryan Billington and Denum Webber both scored twice, and there were further goals from Sonny Jones, Taylor Owen, Harry Mitchell, Ben Wyatt and Cody Jones. All participants enjoyed the opportunity and then watched the main event at Home Park.
The squad was chosen from participants on our PL Kicks programmes based at Tot Hill, Honicknowle and Whitleigh. To find out more about PL Kicks, please visit http://argylecommunitytrust.co.uk/p/kicks/ or contact Community Cohesion Officer Dan Hart on firstname.lastname@example.org / 01752 562561 ext.4