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Bristol City Under-18s 5-3 Plymouth Argyle Under-18s

Sam Pearson scored a hat trick as City Under-18s defeated Plymouth Argyle in their second pre-season friendly.

City’s youngsters had the greater attacking threat throughout the game but were unable to initially break down the Plymouth backline.

Marlee Francois finally broke the deadlock after 20 minutes, cutting in from the left and beating the Argyle keeper from outside the box.

City continued to put pressure on Plymouth, forcing a number of mistakes and threatening the Argyle goal.

The high pressure from City eventually paid off, as the Robins were able to score another two goals in quick succession, coming from a trialist and Sam Pearson.

Plymouth got themselves back into the game pulling two goals back before half-time.

Soon after the break, City wasted no time in adding to the goals as Pearson calmly slotted the ball in the bottom left corner from the penalty spot.

The Robins then took advantage of an Argyle error, allowing Pearson to chip the keeper and complete his hat-trick before the hour mark, extending City’s advantage to three goals.

City conceded in the closing minutes but the held on to secure victory at UWE Hillside Gardens, making it two wins from two as their preparation continues for the 2019/20 campaign.

Words: Sally Gill