League Two
CambridgeCambridge United1PlymouthPlymouth Argyle0

Cambridge United 1-0 Plymouth Argyle

By Chris OsborneBBC Sport at the Abbey Stadium
Josh Coulson
Defender Coulson scored twice for Cambridge during last season's Conference campaign

Cambridge made a winning return to the Football League as Josh Coulson's strike was enough to beat Plymouth.

Adam Cunnington had already missed an early penalty after Carl McHugh had handled in the area.

The U's ended a nine-year exile from League Two with promotion last season and were celebrating again when Coulson converted Ryan Donaldson's corner.

Reuben Reid forced a scrambling save from U's keeper Chris Dunn but the home side comfortably held on.

Cambridge-born Coulson had never played a Football League game since making his U's debut seven years ago, and so it was fitting that it was the defender who popped up at the back post to score his side's first goal in League Two since April 2005.

It could have been a more straightforward afternoon had Luke McCormick not got down well to hold on to Cunnington's 10th-minute penalty.

But it was Argyle, with a new-look line-up containing five debutants, who controlled the pace in the first half, going close when McHugh nodded over from close range.

Despite Plymouth's possession, it was the U's who made the better chances, with Tom Bonner heading the ball into the ground and over the bar from close range, and Kwesi Appiah pulling a sharp save from McCormick in the second half, before Coulson's eventual winner.



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Dunn
  • 2Tait
  • 4Coulson
  • 5Bonner
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Donaldson
  • 8Champion
  • 20DialloSubstituted forChadwickat 84'minutes
  • 11Dunk
  • 9CunningtonSubstituted forSimpsonat 45'minutes
  • 21AppiahSubstituted forSam-Yorkeat 76'minutes


  • 13Norris
  • 14Hunt
  • 15Simpson
  • 16Austin
  • 19Sam-Yorke
  • 22Chadwick
  • 25Lennon


Formation 4-4-2

  • 23McCormick
  • 2Mellor
  • 5Nelson
  • 29Hartley
  • 16McHugh
  • 7AlessandraSubstituted forThomasat 82'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 4Cox
  • 6NorburnSubstituted forBlizzardat 74'minutes
  • 8BantonSubstituted forMorganat 70'minutes
  • 9Reid
  • 22Smalley


  • 1Bittner
  • 3Purrington
  • 10Morgan
  • 11Blizzard
  • 14Harvey
  • 19Thomas
  • 25Bentley
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cambridge United 1, Plymouth Argyle 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cambridge United 1, Plymouth Argyle 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United).

  4. Booking

    Nathan Thomas (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Luke Chadwick (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Thomas (Plymouth Argyle).

  7. Post update

    Carl McHugh (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Harrison Dunk.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Cambridge United. Luke Chadwick replaces Issaga Diallo because of an injury.

  10. Post update

    Tom Champion (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Marvin Morgan (Plymouth Argyle).

  12. Post update

    Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Marvin Morgan (Plymouth Argyle).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Nathan Thomas replaces Lewis Alessandra.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Greg Taylor (Cambridge United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Robbie Simpson (Cambridge United).

  17. Post update

    Lee Cox (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Cambridge United. Delano Sam-Yorke replaces Kwesi Appiah.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Dominic Blizzard replaces Oliver Norburn.