LEAGUE ONE Plymouth Argyle 2 Portsmouth 2

argyle logo2013Ryan Lowe’s Plymouth Argyle extended their unbeaten League One home record to seven games since promotion with an exciting draw against south coast rivals Portsmouth.

Plymouth’s on-loan Fulham central defender Jerome Opoku levelled in the 78th minute nudging Dom Telford’s goal-bound far post header over the line from George Cooper’s deep free kick. 

It was 22-year-old Opoku's first league goal.

Portsmouth skipper Tom Naylor had capped a two-minute second half turnaround, making it 2-1 with a thumping first-time drive from the edge of the box into the far corner as Argyle failed to clear their lines.

Two minutes earlier striker John Marquis tucked away a 63rd minute penalty equaliser after home defender Kell Watts handled substitute Jack Whatmough’s attacking header.

Argyle took an 11th minute lead following an incisive break down the right with Panutche Camara putting Frank Nouble in on goal.

Nouble – recalled to the side in the absence of Wales Under 21 international Luke Jephcott – drove into the box and his powerful shot was deflected in by Sean Raggett, doing his best to stop Ryan Hardie from scoring.

Nouble could and should have made it 2-0 not long after but Portsmouth keeper Craig Macgillivray made a superb diving stop to turn the striker’s rising drive around the post.

Early in the second half defender Cam Pring made a superb goal-line stop to keep out Hardie’s close range shot after Portsmouth failed to clear Danny Mayor’s initial strike.

Pompey striker John Marquis fired wide at the second attempt from a 20 yard free kick, won by impressive half time sub Ellis Harrison.

Argyle keeper Michael Cooper acrobatically turned over Tom Naylor’s half volley but could do little about Marquis’ perfectly placed spot kick.

Pilgrim player of match Danny Mayor (as voted for by @PLsportsnews followers) 

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