Championship side Plymouth Argyle punished Yeovil Town tonight for a slow start at Huish Park as they started the game as the sharper side, allowing a 6th minute goal from Akos Buzasky to put their noses in front. Although the Glovers got back into the match and matched the visitors during the second period and even equalised through Stephen Maher, a penalty from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake two minutes later gave Argyle a win that they hung onto.
The opening 20 minutes or so realistically saw Yeovil all at sea as they tried out a new formation that many of the players seemed uncomfortable with. Argyle took full advantage of the situation, taking the lead just six minutes into the match when Peter Halmosi accepted a ball over the top, controlled it well then put in a cross that Akos Buzasky finished well from 15 yards out.
Argyle hit the woodwork during a poor opening period and probably could have been more than one goal up by half time. The Glovers gradually stabilised, and Marcus Stewart should have done better when he received the ball after a strong Yeovil attack, but his final shot was weak. By half time Yeovil had finally got a degree of control over the game, without necessarily creating too many chances, but certainly a far cry from the opening 20 minutes that Argyle had dominated.
The second half was a different story though. Only goalkeeper Darren Behcet, defenders Terrell Forbes and Matthew Rose remained on the park and the new look side looked far more comfortable and provided an instant reponse.
Ishmael Welsh's left-wing run saw his cross into the box only partially blocked out by the Argyle defence, and it fell into the path of Stephen Maher, who has recently returned from a loan spell with Shamrock Rovers, and he fired sharply home to level the scores.
A shame then that Yeovil couldn't hold onto the lead. Matthew Rose committed a fairly blatant foul in the box two minutes later on David Norris and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake restored the lead from the penalty spot.
The game saw a spirited finish from both sides. Argyle made most of their substitutions during the middle period of the second period, whilst Yeovil just added two more, with Rose and Forbes finally retiring. Both sides could have easily claimed further goals - the speed of Ishmael Welsh and Jerahl Hughes often saw the Argyle defence stretched, and on two occasions, the advancing of visiting keeper Luke McCormick saw the final effort from Hughes go just wide of the target, despite the youngster timing his lobbed shots well. At the other end Argyle's Nick Chadwick could have sealed matters when he struck the woodwork, but that would have been somewhat harsh on Yeovil's second half performance. A shame though, that it took 20 minutes for the game to really start from Yeovil Town's point of view, and in the end that sluggish opening period cost them.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Plymouth Argyle 2.
Goals: Akos Buzsaky (6 mins, 0-1), Stephen Maher (53 mins, 1-1), Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (55 mins, pen, 1-2).
Yeovil Town: (first half, 4-3-3)
13. Darren Behcet
2. Mark Lynch 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 12. Matthew Rose
8. Anthony Barry 20. Marc Bircham 7. Gary Dempey
11. Lee Morris 10. Marcus Stewart 14. Paul Warne
Yeovil Town: (second half, 4-4-2)
13. Darren Behcet
12. Matthew Rose, 6. Terrell Forbes, Curtis Ujah, Craig Alcock
Mark Marshall, Ashan Holgate, Stephen Maher, Ishmael Welsh
Darryl Knights, Lloyd Owusu
Yeovil Town: (second half substitutions)
Scott Guyett (for Terrell Forbes, 65 mins)
Jerahl Hughes (for Matthew Rose, 75 mins)
Yeovil Booking: Terrell Forbes (57 mins, foul)
Plymouth Argyle: 1 Luke McCormick, 2 Dan Gosling, 3 Gary Sawyer, 4 Lilian Nalis (Lee Hodges 63), 5 Marcel Seip, 6 Mathias Doumbe, 7 David Norris (Reuben Reid 74), 8 Akos Buzsaky (Luke Summerfield 63), 9 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Nick Chadwick 69), 10 Barry Hayles (Rory Fallon 63), 11 Peter Halmosi (Ryan Dickson 63)
Plymouth Argyle booking: Gary Sawyer (81 mins, foul)
Referee: Roger East.
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