Henry Port
Monday 21 January 2019

Forest Green Rovers Under 18s suffered a 5-1 defeat at home to Plymouth Argyle in the Youth Alliance South-West Division on Saturday.

Despite an impressive start to the game for the hosts, dominating possession early on in wet conditions, Rovers were dealt an early sucker punch.

A mistake at the back allowed the away side’s forward to burst through and give Plymouth the lead with a composed finish.

Forest Green responded well with their best chance of the game falling the way of Ollie Artwell who was unable to capitalise on his free header from just a few yards out.

FGR continued to push for a deserved first-half equaliser but in their quest for that goal, they were dealt another blow just before the break.

Winning a dangerous free-kick just outside the penalty area, Plymouth were able to make the most of the chance, scoring directly to give them a two-goal advantage at the midway point.

The second period got off to a bad start as FGR conceded a penalty just two minutes after the second-half kick-off.

A late challenge as Plymouth entered the penalty box saw the referee point to the spot and Argyle coolly finish into the bottom left corner for their third of the game.

With several members of Scott Bartlett’s Under 16s being given chance in the side, it was these young players who linked up nicely as Rovers pulled a goal back, Elias Youssef finishing off the well-worked move.

However, it would soon be a tough lesson to take for the youngsters as Forest Green conceded their fourth of the game in the 60th minute with Plymouth giving themselves an easy tap-in.

A long ball forward from Argyle saw their striker able to wrap up proceedings with the game’s fifth and final goal, tucking home a composed finish.

Forest Green striker Dan Ogunleye did have the chance to snatch his side’s second from the penalty spot, but it was neither his, nor Forest Green’s day as the young forward smashed his penalty straight down the middle of the goal, the Argyle goalkeeper able to pull off the save.