ASFC vs Plymouth Argyle

League 2
vs
17/12/2016
Score: 0 - 1

Match Report

Stanley were once again made to rue missed chances as league leaders Plymouth grabbed the win at the Wham Stadium.

The Reds found Argyle keeper Luke McCormick in top form and were denied by the woodwork as they just couldn’t grab the vital opener.

And then they were hit by a sucker punch on 76 minutes when sub Craig Tanner saw his shot sneak through Elliot Parish’s legs to send them back to the top of the table

Stanley started well with both Zak Vyner and Jordan Clark playing dangerous balls into the Plymouth box.

John O’Sullivan was lively on the wing as the Reds looked for the all-important opening goal.

However the league leaders were always likely to be a threat and a quick break on 20 minutes saw Graham Carey set up Jordan Slew with Slew’s final shot just wide of the far post.

Coleman’s men were enjoying plenty of possession without testing keeper Luke McCormick but that all changed in the 40th minute.

Then Matty Pearson’s ball in found Rommy Boco whose initial shot was blocked with the ball coming out to Vyner on the edge of the area and his curling shot was well-held by the Argyle stopper.

McCormick came to his side’s rescue again a minute later when he finger-tipped winger Clark’s fierce strike just over the bar.

Coleman would have been happy with his side’s first half show but disappointed they weren’t ahead.

Boco made a number of strong runs at the start of the second half but no one could get on the end of them while a pacy Clark cross was blocked at the near post with Billy Kee waiting to pounce.

On the hour mark, a Clark corner was flicked on by Kee and no one could put it away at the far post while a Seamus Conneely shot looped up off a defender and hit the woodwork.

It was agony for Stanley when two of Plymouth’s subs combined on 76 minutes to score the winner. David Goodwillie fed through Craig Tanner and he fired through the legs of Parish.

Stanley still had chances – O’Sullivan forced McCormick into another good save – and, as the Reds pushed men forward, Plymouth did create a couple of chances on the counter attack.

It looked like Clark had grabbed an equaliser in injury time but his shot rebounded off a defender and could have gone anywhere – but it went into McCormick’s arms.

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