Gillingham U21 1 Argyle 0 - AET
Gillingham U21 1 Argyle 0 - After Extra TimeUnder 21 Premier League Cup
First qualifying round
Gillingham 1 Argyle 0
ARGYLE exited the Under 21 Premier League Cup at the first hurdle in the cruellest fashion, when a late own goal condemned them to defeat at Gillingham.
The match was in the final minute of extra-time, and heading towards a penalty shoot-out decider, when young Pilgrims’ defender Mason Hughes diverted a shot from Marcus Freiter past his own goalkeeper, James Bittner.
Argyle fielded a team containing five youngsters who have played in Sky Bet League 2 this season including Nathan Thomas and Ben Purrington, who starred in Saturday’s 2-0 Home Park victory over Hartlepool United.
Purrington was substituted by Callum Hall at half-time and Thomas, who netted the Pilgrims’ second goal against Pools, gave way to Jake Miller midway through the second half.
Argyle (4-4-2): 1 James Bittner; 2 Mason Hughes, 5 Aaron Bentley, 4 Will Sargent, 17 Tom Moxham; 7 Nathan Thomas (11 Jake Miller 70), 6 Ollie Norburn, 8 River Allen, 3 Ben Purrington (14 Callum Hall half-time); 10 Louis Rooney (Jason Vincent full-time), 9 Tyler Harvey. Substitutes (not used): 15 Jason Vincent, 16 Jamil Roberts, 23 Andrew Hannah (gk).
Referee: Aji Ajibola.