Hart­ley sends Ply­mouth through in added time

The Daily Telegraph - Total Football - - EUROPEAN FOOTBALL - By Tom Ough

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.

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