Devon St Luke's Cup - Argyle 3 Tavistock 1ARGYLE are through to the quarter-final of the Edenvale Turf Ltd Devon St Luke's Challenge Cup after an eventful 3-1 win at home to Tavistock.
The visitors, of the South West Peninsular League Premier Division, were far from a pushover, although Argyle's demotion to nine players during the game did not help the Pilgrims' cause. Deane Smalley and Aaron Bentley were sent off in the course of the victory, which was earned by goals from Tyler Harvey, Louis Rooney and Ryan Lane.
Argyle were on top during the opening half an hour, before Smalley was sent off after an altercation with Warren Dawe. Argyle had taken an attacking throw-in to which Tavistock objected, given that they claimed to have knocked the ball out for an injury to one of their players. Smalley, in turn took exception to the attention given by Dawe, and grabbed his shirt collar aggressively. Dawe hit the deck, and after consultation with an assistant, the referee showed Smalley the red card.
The game was goalless at the break, but brought to life as the ten men went in front thanks to a sumptuous Tyler Harvey direct free-kick. Tyler goalkeeping brother Cory, a half-time substitute, made a good save from Rikki Sheppard shortly after Argyle took the lead, but after 64 minutes his attempted clearence cannoned off of Lewis Coombe and spun into the net.
Tavistock looked certain to equalise when they were awarded a penalty with quarter of an hour remaining. Cory Harvey found himself stranded in the net after attempting to save a shot that hit the crossbar, and as the follow-up shot came in, Aaron Bentley's shirt pull denied the opportunity, and for this he had to walk.
Josh Robins' penalty was saved brilliantly by Cory, though, and immediately Argyle broke. Callum Hall raced down the right and fired across the area, where Louis Rooney stretched to push the ball home.
Tavistock went in search of an equaliser, but were unable to crack Argyle's rearguard action. In the closing seconds, Ryan Lane burst beyond the tiring Lambs defence, and calmly finished to see the game out.
Argyle will play Tiverton in the next round.
Argyle (4-1-2-1-2): James Bittner (Cory Harvey, half-time); Billy Palfrey, Aaron Bentley, Jordan Bentley, Jamil Roberts; Dan Rooney (Jack Calver 85); Ryan Lane, Callum Hall; Tyler Harvey; Louis Rooney, Deane Smalley. Substitutes (not used): Liam Knowles, Jason Vincent, Alex Fletcher.