Futsal ScholarsPLYMOUTH Argyle Futsal Scholarship was proud to have five of its Futsal Scholars playing for the Cornwall County FA U18s on Saturday at Truro City’s Treyew Road.

Dario Pisano and Kyle Marks led the line for Cornwall, with Luke Tripconey playing out on the wing and George Roberts enjoying an outstanding debut at left-back. Jack Farbrother came on as a substitute for Marks against a very good Guernsey U18 side in The FA County Youth Cup.

The playing conditions were perfect and the standard of football on display was excellent with Cornwall’s Ed Harrison scoring the winner in the 91st minute. 

Pisano hit the crossbar, the post and then forced the ‘keeper to make a great save denying him a goal in a superb performance. Marks worked tirelessly upfront and created several chances by himself, including a superb run into the box, shooting just wide.

 Tripconey pulled the strings in midfield and, whenever he got to the corner, delivered some impressive crosses into the box. Farbrother, with fresh legs, speed and energy, made a real nuisance for the final 30 minutes, working the Guernsey centre-backs tirelessly.

Finally, Cornwall’s new left-back Roberts had an excellent game which ended with a last-ditch slide tackle inside the box, preventing a definite goal-scoring opportunity with the timing and execution of a seasoned pro.

Plymouth Argyle Futsal Scholarship has had previous scholars representing the County at U18 level, as well as Plymouth Argyle Reserves and the England FA Centre of Excellence.

Mike Foley, Scholarship Manager based at Carn Brea in Cornwall, said: “I am extremely proud of all of them, they have structured training sessions every day on the programme and they all work hard and maintain high standards.”

Neil Slateford, Head Futsal Coach, is really excited this yea, he said: “With the County lads making up a majority of the A Team this year in the National Futsal League, I feel that we have a real chance of beating the likes of Southampton FC, Cardiff City etc. to win the national Title.

“We also expect us to get into the final stages of the Soccer AM Cup, which will be featured on Sky Sports from January 2016.”

Argyle Community Trust joins Mike & Neil in wishing Cornwall manager Glynn Hooper and his County Representative team the very best of luck in the competition and we hope to continue supporting the County Squad with quality players for this year, and future seasons to come. 

If you are in Year 11 or 12 and are interested in applying to join the Argyle fully-funded Professional Scholarship, then please email Scholarship Manager Mike Foley mike.foley@pafc.co.uk for more information.

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