Sunderland 0-1 Argyle

THE Plymouth Argyle education squad based at Home Park has reached the quarter-finals of the National Youth Cup after a superb 1-0 victory at Sunderland.

The Pilgrims made the long trip to the North-East to face a side riding high in their section of the National Youth League but the result was no fluke, as we largely controlled the game with an enterprising display.

Jack Rhead scored the only goal on 15 minutes and Argyle were a constant threat from set-pieces, as well as defending with impressive resilience at the other end.

“It is a great achievement to now be in the last eight and we knew it was going to be a tough task against a Sunderland team that had only lost once all season,” said coach Lee Hodges.

“We travelled up the day before and prepared for the game in a thoroughly professional manner. From the first whistle, the boys played ever so well, keeping their shape and discipline throughout. Sunderland had one shot in the first half and then hit the post at the end, but that was the limit of their chances.

“We work hard on set-pieces and had caused mayhem from three corners before Jack pounced on another dangerous delivery from a free-kick to score the only goal. A great win and the boys deserved to celebrate on the long journey home.

“The quarter-finals will take us to an away game at Tottenham, who are in the same league as us. We lost 3-2 at their place earlier this season, so a tough game but one we feel is winnable.”

There was also an outstanding result for Argyle’s SC squad, defeating West Ham United 3-2, and that was despite playing with ten men for around 70 minutes.

The week of fixtures for our education teams was complete by the Cornwall-based squad recovering from two goals down to earn a 3-3 draw against Swindon Town.

Young people aged between 16 and 18 can apply to study on our Football Education Programmes based at Home Park and Carn Brea in Cornwall.

We are hosting player assessment session for the September intake of students later this month. The Home Park assessment session will be on Friday, February 16 at Saltmill in Saltash, 12:45 arrival for a 1pm start. Please contact lee.britchford@pafc.co.uk for more information.

The player assessment session for Cornwall will be staged at Carn Brea on Tuesday, February 13 from 10am – midday. Please contact dan.inch@pafc.co.uk for more information.