Plymouth Argyle reserves beat Gulls in fiery test at Home Park
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE...2 TORQUAY UNITED...0
A STRONG Argyle side outplayed Torquay in a 'reserve team' friendly at Home Park yesterday afternoon.
Paul Wotton put the Pilgrims into the lead from the penalty spot in the 32nd minute and Jamie Lowry added the second goal shortly after the hour mark.
They also created several other chances, hitting the crossbar and a post, while 'keeper Ollie Chenoweth was rarely called into action by Torquay.
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Argyle, who were captained by Wotton, included eight professionals in their starting line-up.
The three apprentices in the side were full-backs Ben Purrington and Colin Watson, and striker Tyler Harvey.
However, Harvey was substituted in the 11th minute after he was hurt in a heavy challenge from Torquay centre-back Angus MacDonald.
After treatment at the side of the pitch from youth team physio Tom Hunter, the 17-year-old hobbled away on crutches with his right knee bandaged.
Isaac Vassell was sent on as the replacement for Harvey, leading the attack with Matt Lecointe.
Argentine winger Andres Gurrieri had a couple of chances for Argyle, the first coming in the 20th minute when he fired a free-kick into Torquay's defensive wall.
Moments later, his long-distance shot was held onto by 'keeper Martin Rice under his own crossbar.
Argyle took the lead in the 32nd minute with a confidently-taken penalty from Wotton.
Vassell was fouled by MacDonald and Wotton crashed the spot kick past Rice.
The Pilgrims had a couple of opportunities to extend their lead almost immediately.
Gurrieri headed over the crossbar from close range after he was picked out inside the six-yard area by a cross from Purrington.
Then midfielder Jared Sims had a weak sidefoot saved by Rice after a cut back from Gurrieri.
Rice also stopped an 18-yarder from Lowry as Argyle continued to dominate the first half without adding to their lead before the break.
Lecointe almost added a second goal for the Pilgrims in the 52nd minute when he curled a shot from outside the penalty area against the underside of the bar.
Vassell then sent a diving header narrowly wide of the near post after a cross from Gurrieri.
Rice made an excellent save from Gurrieri's close range shot after a good break down the right from Lecointe.
Argyle finally added to their lead in the 63rd minute when Lowry headed home from a couple of yards out after his initial shot had been blocked by Rice.
The ball spun up into the air after Lowry's strike was saved and Vassell tried to apply the finishing touch as he challenged a Torquay defender by the left post.
Vassell could not get the ball into the net, but Lowry followed up and made it 2-0 with his header.
Wotton was replaced in the centre of midfield by first-year apprentice River Allen in the 68th minute.
Torquay could still not test Chenoweth as they struggled to make any impact on Argyle's defence.
Gurrieri then shot on the turn against the base of the left post after a cross from Watson.
Tempers flared when Torquay midfielder Lloyd Macklin made a nasty tackle on Allen and then squared up to Gurrieri as players from both sides rushed to the scene.
Macklin was booked by referee David Goard, as was centre-back Kirtys MacKenzie moments later for a foul on Gurrieri.
Argyle then replaced Gurrieri with Josh Hutchinson, another first-year apprentice, in the 82nd minute.
It remained 2-0 until full-time, with the Pilgrims putting in a much-improved performance compared to the 0-0 draw away to Saltash United last Wednesday.
ARGYLE: Ollie Chenoweth; Colin Watson, Maxime Blanchard, Jamie Richards, Ben Purrington; Andres Gurrieri (Josh Hutchinson 82 mins), Paul Wotton (River Allen 68 mins), Jared Sims, Jamie Lowry; Tyler Harvey (Isaac Vassell 11 mins), Matt Lecointe.
Substitutes (not used): Christian Walton (gk), Nathan Summers.
TORQUAY: Martin Rice; Daniel Leadbitter (Robert Nardiello h/t), Kirtys MacKenzie, Angus MacDonald, Thomas Cruise; Craig Easton; Niall Thompson, Lloyd Macklin (Jack May 71 mins), Saul Halpin (Dan Sullivan 65 mins), Kyle Baker; Ashley Yeoman.
Substitutes (not used): Conor Thompson (gk), Scott Beattie.
GOALS – Argyle: Wotton (pen) 32 mins, Lowry 63 mins