Plymouth Marjon University recently acted as match day sponsor for Plymouth Argyle’s decisive 4–0 win home game win over Southend United, highlighting the University’s important links with sporting excellence in the City.
Members of staff from the university and their guests were greeted with champagne before being given a tour of the 126 year old stadium, Home Park. After a glimpse behind the scenes, the university was treated to a three course meal whilst being entertained by former players and guest speakers.
Plymouth Marjon University staff and their guests then welcomed players from both teams onto the pitch with a guard of honour, getting playoff chasing Argyle off to great start. The Pilgrim’s confidence was high, with prolific defender Sonny Bradley returning to the starting line-up. Argyle’s dominance was clear from the offset with Portuguese midfielder, Ruben Lameiras, slotting home a low shot within three minutes. After a tentative thirty minutes, it was Plymouth’s star man, Graham Carey, who pushed the gap further with an audacious, deflected strike from the right of the box that flew over Southend’s goalkeeper. Carey and Lameiras continued their reign, governing the game and proving too much for Southend, scoring once more each and leaving the final score at 4-0.
Perhaps the most prestigious of sponsorship duties came after the win, when selecting the man of the match. With solid performances throughout the park, the university faced a difficult decision. However, Plymouth Marjon awarded it to Graham Carey whose creativity and abundant skills saw off, not only Southend, but most of Argyle’s opposition throughout the latter half of the season.
Prof. Andrew Edwards (Dean of Faculty of Sport, Health & Wellbeing) presented the Irish midfielder with the award and in return was given a signed Plymouth Argyle shirt as a memento of the day.
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