Plymouth Argyle beat Bournemouth to progress in Under-21 Premier League Cup
STRIKER Tyler Harvey scored the decisive goal for Plymouth Argyle as they beat Bournemouth 2-1 at Dean Court on Tuesday afternoon in the first qualifying round of the inaugural Under-21 Premier League Cup.
The Pilgrims will now host either Watford or Bristol Rovers, with the winners of that tie moving into the round of 32, when top Premier League clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City enter the competition.
The second qualifying round tie against Watford or Bristol Rovers must be played within 14 days of the week commencing October 21.
Teams are allowed to include up to four over-age players – three outfield and one goalkeeper – in the Under-21 Premier League Cup
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Falling into that category for Argyle against Bournemouth were 'keeper Jake Cole and centre-back Maxime Blanchard as well as midfield pair Dominic Blizzard and Andres Gurrieri.
It was Gurrieri who opened the scoring for the Pilgrims in the ninth minute with a sweetly-struck half-volley from outside the penalty area which flew into the bottom corner of the net.
Gurrieri almost doubled the lead in the 19th minute with a free-kick which went narrowly over the crossbar.
Bournemouth equalised soon afterwards with a shot from striker Harry Cornick which deflected off Argyle centre-back Jamie Richards.
The Pilgrims regained the lead in the 37th minute when Harvey scored direct from a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area.
Harvey had been fouled by Bournemouth centre-back Josh Carmichael, who was sent-off for a second bookable offence.
The match was played in very hot conditions at Dean Court and Argyle found it difficult to break down Bournemouth in the second half despite their numerical advantage.
Blizzard went close to scoring when he shot wide from distance in the 60th minute.
It remained 2-1 until full-time with Argyle first team coach Sean McCarthy describing it as 'a very good work-out' for the players.
Argyle: Jake Cole; Curtis Nelson, Maxime Blanchard, Jamie Richards, Ben Purrington; Andres Gurrieri, Luke Young, Dominic Blizzard, Ryan Lane (River Allen 75); Isaac Vassell (Sol Wheatley 84), Tyler Harvey. Substitutes (not used): Andrew Hannah, Kieran Asumadu-Sakyi, Josh Hutchinson.