TYLER Harvey waited the best part of two seasons to add to his Argyle goals’ tally – then claimed another within 20 minutes.
The 20-year-old made the most a rare start – and a first in one of manager Derek Adams’ 11s – to score the opening two goals in the Pilgrims’ 5-0 demolition of Hartlepool United which proved a wonderful denouement to Argyle’s Sky Bet league 2 season.
“It was brilliant,” said the Plymothian whose previous Argyle goal came in the opening league game of the 2014-15 season, a 3-0 victory over Exeter City. “Taking my chance was the most satisfying thing today.
“I hope, every game, I’m in the team. It has been a long time coming but it is what it is and you can only take your chance when you’re given it.”
Ty’s first, in the sixth minute, came from a long-range right-footed shot after being set up by Kelvin Mellor.
“Any goal’s a good goal,” he said, “and settled me and settled the team. It was ideal. I just hit and it and I knew it had a chance as soon as it left my foot.”
The second was slightly less authentic. Gregg Wylde’s pacy 25th-minute break down Pools’ right side ended with a perfect cross that Tyler only had to reach to convert.
He said: “It hit me on the knee and went in but they all count, however they go in. It took everything out of me to get on the end. It’s handy having [Gregg] in the team because he gains you 60 yards in ten seconds which is a big asset.”
Tyler’s two goals were followed by another double by fellow Plymothian Louis Rooney, who was making his Football League debut after 22 games as a substitute in his first season as a professional. As well as sharing the first-team bench on many occasions, the two have been team-mates in development games this season.
“I’m made up for him,” said Ty. “We’ve been good friends, especially this year, and helped each other through. We’ve played a lot of football together and I always knew he’d score when he gets his chance.”
Tyler also had a loan spell at Vanarama National League South side Bath City – managed by former Argyle coach Gary Owers – where he came to national attention when he scored a goal from the halfway line.
“It was a nice goal,” he said, “but I was more pleased that I got four when I was up there. A goal is a goal and it was nice bit of attention for how it went in, but the more goals you score, the more confidence comes with it.”
The five-goal thrashing lifted spirits ahead of the Sky Bet League 2 Play-off semi-final against Portsmouth after the disappointment of failing to win automatic promotion.
“We couldn’t have asked for anything better,” said Ty. “We seem to do alright against the big teams in the league.”