A TREMENDOUS game of football at Harper’s Park saw the two Plymouth Argyle education teams based at Home Park face each other in the second round of the National Football Youth League Cup.

This nationwide competition for clubs offering a football education programme could have paired our teams with anyone in the country but the fixture computer had a different plan, conjuring an intriguing derby.

Plymouth Argyle A, run by Lee Hodges and Matt Scholes, was officially the away side to Plymouth Argyle SC, who are under the stewardship of Lee Britchford and Dan Yeoman.

Ever since the draw was made, the classrooms at Home Park have been a hive of pre-match tension and a huge thanks from all of this in the Trust goes out to manager Derek Adams and his groundstaff for allowing us to use the Harpers Park training ground for the game.

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Argyle A started the brighter and scored the opener when midfielder Jamie Roberts raced into the box and slotted home a composed finish from a decent cross.

The equaliser arrived on 31 minutes when Jack Dixon headed home but the lead was restored from the very next attack, as a loose clearance landed nicely at the feet of Ewan Morgan to give Argyle A the advantage at half-time.

Both teams had strong penalty shouts waved away before the lead was extended by substitute Joe Lewis bustling his way through the challenges to force in a good goal. Argyle SC were back in the game again thanks to a delightful free-kick from Bailey Gamble.

An entertaining game ended with a decisive fourth goal for Argyle A in the dying seconds, as Niko Ieronymakis finished off from close range after fine set-up work by Ben Musslewhite.

For more information on the football education programme based at Home Park, please contact lee.britchford@pafc.co.uk or for Cornwall, please contact mike.foley@pafc.co.uk

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