MATCH REPORT: Argyle 3-1 Gloucester
9 November 2019
BEFORE joining Argyle, Dominic Telford had one goal in the FA Cup show for a career’s work. On Saturday afternoon, his two goal game of an increasingly prolific season sent the Pilgrims beyond their lower-tier opponents and into the second round of the Emirates FA Cup.
The scoring would begin six minutes in when Telford would score his first of two off of a volley into the net. Early on it was Argyle match to lose. He would end of scoring his second a little while later in the twenty-fourth minute.
For the majority of the day Plymouth would dominate the lower-tier side in many categories. With the debut of the 4-3-2-1 formation, Argyle dominated with 336/399 (84%) passes completed, 71% of the game in possession 33/48 (69%) of headers won. With the new tactic in place the team was able to control the tempo of the day.
Argyle looked the more threatening, though, and midfielder Conor Grant was able to add his second goal of the season. He scored a well placed header just inside the box after fellow Grant, Joel crossed the ball right to Conor and the Gloucester keeper had no time to react.
With the team dominating in every category Gloucester were getting both tired and frustrated due to the play of the home side. The visitors would accumulate four yellowcards before the end of the first half and a warning from referee Brett Huxtable to control the players.
A number of substitutions, misplaced passes and fouls punctuated a stop-start period in the second-term, as the Pilgrims played it with a slower tempo. Meanwhile, for all of their territory, Gloucester failed to conjure up any opportunities of note until the dying minutes of the night.
The clean sheet would not last for Plymouth as Gloucester would score off a corner in the eighty-seventh minute. Striker Marlon Jackson was at the right place at the right time.
With a 3-1 victory Plymouth moves on to the second round and will face either Spennymoore Town or Stockport County. This match is set for a 3pm kickoff on 30 November. At this moment it has not been decided who will host the match.