Plymouth Argyle lift the FA Disability CupPLYMOUTH Argyle have won the inaugural FA Disability Cup with stunning 7-0 victory over Boston United at St George’s Park. 

Pilgrims skipper Stuart Richardson led from the front, scoring a hat-trick at the FA’s state-of-the-art training base at Burton-on-Trent.

Argyle’s other goalscorers were Kenneth Newman, John Smith, Alonso Marshall and Steve Bunker, from the penalty spot, after Richardson had been fouled.

Argyle had defeated Exeter and Living4Life FC in previous stages of the competition and now add further national silverware to seven-a-side trophies won in 2008 and 2009.

Argyle disability boss Graham Eyles was fulsome in praise of his players, saying: “I am immensely proud of the boys for what they have achieved.

“Not just on behalf of themselves and the club, but for disability football in the South West as a whole.

“They have been truly remarkable throughout this cup run and each and every one of them have done the club proud.”

Argyle looked the sharper side from the off and within the first 15 minutes had hit the woodwork on three occasions.

It was not long before the Greens took the lead through Richardson who doubled his tally as Argyle took a 2-0 lead into half-time.

In the second half, Argyle’s complete dominance continued, with their back four barely taxed. Newman extended their lead to 3-0, skilfully lobbing the Boston goalkeeper from the edge of the area.

Argyle refused to rest on their laurels and it was to no-one’s surprise when they added a fourth when Richardson grabbed his hat-trick with a sweet strike from six yards.

After a number of substitutions, a corner from the right brought the Greens a further chance to extend their lead and they took it with aplomb, Smith this time poking home after a goalmouth scramble.

Marshall grabbed the sixth goal before Bunker ended the scoring from the spot.
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