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Hartlepool United 1-1 Plymouth Argyle

Matty Kennedy's stunning strike rescued a point for promotion-chasing Plymouth at Hartlepool.

Kennedy curled the ball home from outside the area with 14 minutes remaining to cancel out Rhys Oates' strike as second-placed Argyle, three points off leaders Doncaster going into the game, took a share of the spoils.

Plymouth began like a side pushing for the title, with Ryan Taylor and Jake Jervis testing young goalkeeper Joe Fryer in the opening exchanges.

Yet Pools grew into the game and took the lead midway through the opening period, Oates powering the ball into an empty net after Luke McCormick had denied Nathan Thomas.

The hosts controlled proceedings thereafter, with Plymouth growing increasingly frustrated.

Kennedy was Argyle's biggest threat, jinking his way past Kenton Richardson and firing over as the game entered the last 15 minutes.

But he made no mistake moments later as he cut inside from the left and curled a stunning 20-yard effort past Fryer.

Plymouth almost snatched a winner, only for makeshift defender Brad Walker to block Taylor's goal-bound strike.

Match report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Hartlepool

  • 42Fryer
  • 35Richardson
  • 8Walker
  • 26HarrisonBooked at 55mins
  • 39Kavanagh
  • 14Woods
  • 4Featherstone
  • 15Alessandra
  • 7ThomasSubstituted forNelsonat 84'minutesSubstituted forHawkinsat 88'minutes
  • 9Amond
  • 11Oates

Substitutes

  • 13Bartlett
  • 18Hawkins
  • 22Nelson
  • 23Smith
  • 29Martin
  • 34Hawkes

Plymouth

  • 23McCormick
  • 18ThrelkeldBooked at 29mins
  • 31Sokolik
  • 15Bradley
  • 3Sawyer
  • 4Songo'oSubstituted forDonaldsonat 71'minutes
  • 10CareySubstituted forBlissettat 84'minutes
  • 24FoxBooked at 68mins
  • 14JervisSubstituted forSpencerat 61'minutes
  • 19TaylorBooked at 66mins
  • 16Kennedy

Substitutes

  • 5Bulvitis
  • 8Slew
  • 9Spencer
  • 11Donaldson
  • 13Blissett
  • 21Dorel
  • 27Tanner
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
3,684

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Hartlepool United 1, Plymouth Argyle 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Plymouth Argyle 1.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Oscar Threlkeld.

Attempt missed. Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Oscar Threlkeld.

Matthew Kennedy (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kenton Richardson (Hartlepool United).

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Lewis Hawkins replaces Andrew Nelson because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Gary Sawyer (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Delay in match Andrew Nelson (Hartlepool United) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Nathan Blissett replaces Graham Carey.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Andrew Nelson replaces Nathan Thomas.

Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle).

Attempt blocked. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Plymouth Argyle 1. Matthew Kennedy (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Sonny Bradley.

Attempt missed. Matthew Kennedy (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Ryan Donaldson replaces Yann Songo'o.

Attempt saved. Rhys Oates (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Jakub Sokolik (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Booking

David Fox (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Kenton Richardson.

Booking

Ryan Taylor (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Plymouth Argyle).

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Scott Harrison.

Attempt blocked. James Spencer (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. James Spencer replaces Jake Jervis.

Booking

Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Matthew Kennedy (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United).

Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Plymouth Argyle).

Attempt saved. Michael Woods (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Yann Songo'o (Plymouth Argyle).

Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rhys Oates (Hartlepool United).

Gary Sawyer (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster32197661382364
2Plymouth31194851341761
3Carlisle321513456451158
4Luton321411748301853
5Portsmouth31157945291652
6Exeter321551251351650
7Mansfield32121194137447
8Stevenage32144145049146
9Wycombe31137113939046
10Barnet32111294143-245
11Colchester31128114741644
12Grimsby32128123939044
13Cambridge31127124037343
14Blackpool311012945331242
15Morecambe30125133946-741
16Crawley31116143849-1139
17Yeovil32911123340-738
18Crewe32812123546-1136
19Accrington3089133242-1033
20Notts County3296173758-2133
21Cheltenham32711143646-1032
22Hartlepool32711143856-1832
23Leyton Orient3285193550-1529
24Newport31510163550-1525
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