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Academy See Off Argyle

Flint grabs only goal for young Blues

14 January 2019

Josh Flint
Photo: Colin Farmery

Pompey Academy boosted their chances of securing a top-half finish in the Youth Alliance League with a 1-0 victory over Plymouth.

Josh Flint netted the only goal of the game during the first half at Copnor Road, turning home a low Stan Bridgman cross from close range.

Arglye had a chance to level before the break following a foul in the box, but Petar Durin – making his debut – kept out Klaidi Lolos’ penalty with his feet.

Academy manager Mark Kelly said: “We had good control throughout the first half, played some really nice football and were on the front foot.

“Their goalkeeper was forced into action before Josh scored and then they won a penalty against the run of play, which Petar did well to save.

"It was a solid performance overall and nice to keep a clean sheet."

Mark Kelly

“We came out after the break looking vibrant and were able to get behind the Plymouth back four on a number of occasions.

“The only thing lacking was our decision making in the final third – we were shooting when we should have been rolling the ball across the box.

“Their keeper made three top saves to deny Alfie Stanley and also kept out a couple of shots from Eoin Teggart.

“There was a 10-minute period late on when our opponents came back into the contest and applied some pressure, but we defended well.

“It was a solid performance overall and nice to keep a clean sheet, with Petar looking impressive on his first appearance.

“We could have been more clinical and made it easier on ourselves, but we got the job done and I was generally pleased with how we played.”

Pompey: Durin; Mnoga, Robb (Brook 80), Hancott, Kelly; Bridgman, Whiting; Kavanagh (Bruce 60), Flint, Johnston (Teggart 60); Stanley
Sub not used: Pitman

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