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Plymouth Argyle 3-0 Macclesfield Town

George Cooper scored two second-half goals as Ryan Lowe's promotion-chasing Plymouth beat struggling Macclesfield 3-0 at Home Park.

With nine games remaining, Argyle are now within a point of new leaders Crewe after Swindon faltered.

Cooper's ball over the top set striker Ryan Hardie clear after 33 minutes and the Blackpool loanee scored his seventh Argyle goal in 13 games by deftly chipping the bouncing ball over goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell.

Cooper made it 2-0 in the 62nd minute. Teed-up by playmaker Danny Mayor, the full-back slammed the ball into the roof of the net from close range.

The 23-year-old then doubled his tally with a sublime finish after 77 minutes, finding the bottom corner from distance.

It was no more than Lowe's rampant Greens deserved as Hardie had an effort - which appeared to cross the line - not given by match referee Chris Sarginson on the hour.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Plymouth

Formation 5-3-2

  • 24Palmer
  • 17MooreSubstituted forClealat 88'minutes
  • 5Wootton
  • 6Canavan
  • 21McFadzean
  • 32CooperSubstituted forRandellat 86'minutes
  • 15Grant
  • 14Bakinson
  • 10Mayor
  • 18Hardie
  • 31JephcottSubstituted forTelfordat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cooper
  • 4Aimson
  • 9Taylor
  • 11Telford
  • 16Grant
  • 20Randell
  • 42Cleal

Macclesfield

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Mitchell
  • 16O'Keeffe
  • 5Kelleher
  • 15Horsfall
  • 23Fitzpatrick
  • 19Whitehead
  • 22TraceySubstituted forWilsonat 80'minutes
  • 4McCourt
  • 14KirbyBooked at 14minsSubstituted forStephensat 77'minutes
  • 11Archibald
  • 9IronsideSubstituted forBlythat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Hamblin
  • 8Tollitt
  • 10Stephens
  • 18Blyth
  • 20Wilson
  • 25Cameron
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
12,310

Match Stats

Home TeamPlymouthAway TeamMacclesfield
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home27
Away9
Shots on Target
Home10
Away6
Corners
Home13
Away4
Fouls
Home5
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Plymouth Argyle 3, Macclesfield Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 3, Macclesfield Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by David Fitzpatrick.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ryan Hardie (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dominic Telford (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Conor Grant with a cross.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Jarvis Cleal replaces Byron Moore.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Theo Archibald.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ryan Hardie (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Grant.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Adam Randell replaces George Cooper.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Theo Archibald.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Conor Grant (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Dominic Telford replaces Luke Jephcott.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Jacob Blyth replaces Joe Ironside.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Donovan Wilson replaces Shilow Tracey.

  16. Post update

    George Cooper (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Corey O'Keeffe (Macclesfield Town).

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Plymouth Argyle 3, Macclesfield Town 0. George Cooper (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Danny Mayor.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Ben Stephens replaces Connor Kirby.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Fiacre Kelleher.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Crewe37209867432469
2Swindon36216962392369
3Plymouth37208961392268
4Exeter371811853431065
5Cheltenham361713652272564
6Colchester371513952371558
7Northampton371771354401458
8Port Vale37141585044657
9Bradford371412114440454
10Salford371311134946350
11Forest Green361310134340349
12Crawley371115115147448
13Grimsby371211144551-647
14Walsall36138154049-947
15Newport351210133237-546
16Cambridge37129164048-845
17Leyton Orient361012144755-842
18Oldham37914144457-1341
19Scunthorpe371010174456-1240
20Carlisle36912153756-1939
21Mansfield36911164855-738
22Morecambe37711193560-2532
23Macclesfield37715153247-1530
24Stevenage36313202450-2622
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