April 27, 2013
Bunney thumps home but Pilgrims hop to safety
Relegation-threatened Plymouth's Football League status was preserved despite a 1-0 defeat at Rochdale.
The winning goal came courtesy of debutant Joe Bunney's first touch in professional football, the young striker heading home in the 78th minute shortly after coming on from the bench.
The Pilgrims' quest suffered a serious setback 14 minutes in when Maxime Blanchard was dismissed for a foul on George Donnelly.
The Rochdale striker had lifted the ball over Blanchard's head and was advancing towards goal when the defender hauled him down, referee Geoff Eltrincham deeming it a red-card offence.
Rochdale took control after that and Jake Cole pulled off good saves to deny Donnelly and Reece Gray, while Michael Rose's 35-yard drive smashed against the underside of the crossbar.
The visitors saw their appeals for a penalty waved away when Wayne Thomas appeared to foul Joe Bryan, but the home side continued to ask most of the questions.
And they clinched the win when, minutes into his debut, Bunney headed home fellow substitute Scott Tansey's cross from six yards.
|Joe Bunney (78')|
|1 Josh Lillis||1 Jake Cole|
|37 Wayne Thomas||5 Guy Branston|
|5 Shane Cansdell-Sherriff||14 Onismor Bhasera|
|25 Michael Rose||17 Curtis Nelson|
|4 Peter Cavanagh||4 Maximo Blanchard|
|33 Darcy O'Connor||2 Durrell Berry|
|7 Jason Kennedy||18 Joe Bryan|
|40 Ian Henderson||15 Paul Wotton|
|9 George Donnelly||6 Conor Hourihane|
|22 Robert Grant||27 Andres Gurrieri|
|10 Reece Gray||24 Reuben Reid|
|13 Steven Collis||Rene Gilmartin 20|
|12 Phil Edwards||Anthony Charles 26|
|34 Scott Tanser||Luke Young 8|
|26 Joel Logan||Nick Chadwick 9|
|32 Callum Camps||Ronan Murray 28|
|30 Jamie Allen||Paris Cowan Hall 7|
|39 Joe Bunney||Tyler Harvey 29|
|Scott Tanser for Darcy O'Connor (70)||Nick Chadwick for Reuben Reid (76)|
|Joe Bunney for George Donnelly (74)||Tyler Harvey for Andres Gurrieri (83)|
|Callum Camps for Robert Grant (74)||Anthony Charles for Onismor Bhasera (89)|
|Wayne Thomas (7)|
|Reece Gray (18)|
|George Donnelly (64)|
|Maximo Blanchard (15)|
|· Squads: Rochdale | Plymouth Argyle|