Plymouth Argyle under-18s in EFL Youth Alliance title decider away to Bournemouth

Steven Schumacher and director of football Neil Dewsnip have both issued messages of good luck to Plymouth Argyle’s under-18s side for their title decider against Bournemouth tomorrow.

The pair have also praised the work done at that age group level since Way, the former Yeovil Town manager, took over as Argyle’s under-18s head coach in January 2020.

Whoever wins the young Pilgrims’ game away to Bournemouth tomorrow will be crowned as champions of the EFL Youth Alliance South West Division.

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Should it end in a draw, the title will go to Bournemouth because they have a better goal difference by three, with both teams boasting identical records of 10 wins, four draws and three defeats from their 17 games.

Schumacher said: “The job that Darren and the staff have done with the youth team over the last couple of years is phenomenal.

“From when he first came into the club and where we were at, to where we are at now, where we have to win the last game to win the league, is a brilliant achievement in such a short space of time.

“They should be really proud. I’m wishing them all the best and I’m sure the lads will give it their all.”

Argyle under-18s have been in excellent form of late, beating Exeter City 4-0 at Harper’s Park earlier this month and winning 5-3 against Portsmouth in a home game at the Devon County FA headquarters in Newton Abbot last Saturday.

Dewsnip said: “I am so pleased how far it looks as though our programme has come in the last couple of years.

“That’s obviously massive credit to all the academy staff, led by Phil (Stoke, academy manager) with Darren and Jamie (Lowry) at the helm, but it’s not just at the under-18s.

“Our under-14s beat Fulham last Sunday and our eights and nines beat Wolves, so there is a lot of good things going on.

“Whether we win the league or not, it’s a massive feelgood and it’s very important for the players. We want them to have a winning mentality.

“The fact that we appear to have a supply of young players that can be of relevance to Schuey means it’s in a really good place.”

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