Hartley sends Plymouth through in added time
Plymouth are one win away from League One thanks to Peter Hartley’s stoppage-time winner against Portsmouth at Home Park.
The play-off semi-final had been finely poised after a 2-2 draw at Fratton Park, and both sides spurned chances in the second leg.
Argyle goalkeeper Luke McCormick was quick off his line to foil a through ball bound for Adam McGurk, while Portsmouth winger Kyle Bennett failed to hit the target after twice cutting in from the left.
McGurk’s 25-yard shot on the run was gathered by McCormick as Portsmouth started the second half in the ascendancy, with Ben Davies sending a 20-yard free-kick skimming inches wide.
Plymouth responded with Jervis firing just wide as he latched on to Gregg Wylde’s far-post cross and striker Jamille Matt smashed a thumping rising drive just over.
Matt then powered a header just wide from Graham Carey’s nearpost corner before, 10 minutes later, substitute Ben Close cleared Carey’s header off the line.
Jervis almost put Plymouth ahead two minutes from time when his header came back off the post before another Matt header was scooped over for the corner from which Hartley scored Plymouth’s winner.
AFC Wimbledon hold a 1-0 advantage in the other semi-final thanks to another added-time goal, from Tom Beere, against Accrington Stanley on Saturday.