Danny Kedwell scored twice from the spot as Gillingham left it late to beat 10-man Plymouth.

The game was goalless 15 minutes from time when Ben Gibson was given a second yellow card for handling in the box and Kedwell converted the penalty.

Substitute Luke Rooney lashed home to make it 2-0 before Kedwell scored his second spot kick in injury time after Simon Walton brought down Dennis Oli.

Winless Plymouth's best chance came from Luke Daley's deflected shot.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Gillingham boss Andy Hessenthaler told BBC Radio Kent:

"I said at half time we are going to have to be patient with this one. They played one up front and five across the midfield and stopped us from creating and you have got to give them credit.

"There was a turning point in there and it went in our favour. We got the penalty, Keds got his first goal which I am delighted with.

"We got the second goal, we then looked comfortable. A good win, it keeps the run going so we're delighted with the start so far."

Plymouth Argyle boss Peter Reid told BBC Radio Devon:

"The first goal changed the game with the sending off and then we had to change shape.

"A big striker or a bit of pace and stature up front, we haven't got it at the moment.

"No use feeling sorry for ourselves."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Gillingham

  • 01 Flitney
  • 02 Fuller
  • 03 Frampton
  • 12 Martin
  • 15 Lawrence
  • 04 Lee
  • 08 Payne
  • 10 Weston (Jackman - 88' )
  • 17 Spiller Booked (Oli - 60' )
  • 19 Montrose (Rooney - 60' Booked )
  • 09 Kedwell

Substitutes

  • 28 Gazzaniga
  • 06 Richards
  • 18 Jackman
  • 14 Rooney
  • 11 Oli

Plymouth Argyle

  • 01 Larrieu
  • 02 Berry
  • 05 Zubar Booked
  • 13 Soukouna
  • 19 Gibson Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 06 Nelson
  • 07 Daley (Lecointe - 78' )
  • 08 Walton
  • 20 Hourihane
  • 21 Atkinson
  • 11 Feeney

Substitutes

  • 23 Cole
  • 15 Young
  • 18 Copp
  • 27 Lecointe
  • 10 Hitchcock
Ref: Lewis
Att: 5,053

Match Stats

Shots

11 6

On target

5 1

Corners

13 2

Fouls

15 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:12 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +3:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Kedwell - Gillingham 3 - 0 Plymouth Placed penalty scored by Danny Kedwell. Gillingham 3-0 Plymouth.

90:00 +2:39

Unfair challenge on Charlie Lee by Simon Walton results in a Penalty.

90:00 +1:55

Unfair challenge on Matt Lecointe by Andy Frampton results in a free kick. Conor Hourihane restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:49

Unfair challenge on Warren Feeney by Barry Fuller results in a free kick. Simon Walton restarts play with the free kick.

89:47

Danny Jackman takes a short corner.

89:06

Short corner taken by Danny Jackman.

88:00

Curtis Nelson challenges Danny Kedwell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Jackman.

87:22 Substitution

Substitution Danny Jackman replaces Curtis Weston.

85:49

Assist on the goal came from Matt Lawrence.

85:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Luke Rooney - Gillingham 2 - 0 Plymouth A goal is scored by Luke Rooney from close range high into the middle of the goal. Gillingham 2-0 Plymouth.

83:35

Matt Lecointe challenges Luke Rooney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ross Flitney.

83:00

Corner taken right-footed by Charlie Lee, Romain Larrieu makes a save.

82:17

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Luke Rooney, Romain Larrieu makes a save.

81:33

Corner taken by Luke Rooney.

79:30

Corner from the right by-line taken by Luke Rooney, Shot from 12 yards from Charlie Lee. Durrell Berry gets a block in.

77:07 Substitution

Substitution (Plymouth) makes a substitution, with Matt Lecointe coming on for Luke Daley.

77:07 Booking

Booking Luke Rooney booked for dissent.

76:51

Luke Rooney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Daley. Romain Larrieu restarts play with the free kick.

75:55

Danny Kedwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephane Zubar. Romain Larrieu takes the direct free kick.

74:40

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ross Flitney.

73:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Kedwell - Gillingham 1 - 0 Plymouth Power penalty scored by Danny Kedwell. Gillingham 1-0 Plymouth.

72:09 Dismissal

Dismissal Ben Gibson is shown a red card.

70:55

Ben Gibson is adjudged to have handled the ball.

65:29

Outswinging corner taken by Luke Rooney, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Matt Lawrence misses to the right of the target.

64:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Warren Feeney on Matt Lawrence. Free kick taken by Ross Flitney.

64:21

The referee penalises Ben Gibson for handball. Matt Lawrence takes the free kick.

63:42

Shot by Curtis Weston. Save by Romain Larrieu.

62:56

Curtis Weston challenges Ben Gibson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Romain Larrieu takes the direct free kick.

59:25 Substitution

Substitution Dennis Oli is brought on as a substitute for Danny Spiller.

59:25 Substitution

Substitution (Gillingham) makes a substitution, with Luke Rooney coming on for Lewis Montrose.

58:57

Danny Spiller takes a inswinging corner.

58:26

Danny Kedwell takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Romain Larrieu.

56:34

Conor Hourihane has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.

54:02

Conor Hourihane has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.

52:12

Lewis Montrose produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

49:55

Danny Spiller takes the outswinging corner, Matt Lawrence takes a shot.

47:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Lawrence by Warren Feeney. Barry Fuller takes the direct free kick.

45:11

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Danny Spiller played to the near post, Warren Feeney makes a clearance.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +3:54 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +3:10 Booking

Booking Danny Spiller is booked.

45:00 +2:53

Unfair challenge on Romain Larrieu by Danny Spiller results in a free kick. Romain Larrieu restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +0:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Spiller on Luke Daley. Romain Larrieu takes the free kick.

43:23

The assistant referee signals for offside against Warren Feeney. Ross Flitney takes the indirect free kick.

39:45

Luke Daley has a drilled shot. Ross Flitney makes a save.

37:57

Effort from deep inside the area by Conor Hourihane misses to the left of the goal.

37:35

Unfair challenge on Will Atkinson by Lewis Montrose results in a free kick. Simon Walton takes the free kick.

35:41

Charlie Lee has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.

35:00

Long range shot by Conor Hourihane goes wide right of the net.

33:06

Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Danny Spiller, blocked by Warren Feeney.

33:06 Booking

Booking Ben Gibson receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

32:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Lee by Ben Gibson.

30:52

Danny Spiller crosses the ball in from the free kick.

30:52 Booking

Booking Booking for Stephane Zubar for unsporting behaviour.

30:32

Danny Kedwell fouled by Stephane Zubar, the ref awards a free kick.

29:07

Foul by Durrell Berry on Curtis Weston, free kick awarded. Danny Spiller takes the free kick.

26:33

Joe Martin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Daley. Conor Hourihane takes the free kick.

26:04

Shot from 25 yards by Ladjie Soukouna. Andy Frampton gets a block in.

23:38

Unfair challenge on Conor Hourihane by Jack Payne results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Simon Walton.

21:46

Jack Payne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Warren Feeney. Direct free kick taken by Simon Walton.

17:05

Conor Hourihane challenges Charlie Lee unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Martin.

15:53

Danny Spiller takes a inswinging corner.

15:22

Corner taken by Danny Spiller, Ladjie Soukouna makes a clearance.

14:42

Corner taken by Danny Spiller.

11:39

Lewis Montrose challenges Will Atkinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Simon Walton.

11:05

Simon Walton takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Lewis Montrose manages to make a clearance.

10:42

Luke Daley fouled by Danny Spiller, the ref awards a free kick. Will Atkinson restarts play with the free kick.

9:35

Conor Hourihane takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Lewis Montrose.

8:48

Danny Spiller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephane Zubar. Free kick taken by Stephane Zubar.

5:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Frampton by Luke Daley. Ross Flitney takes the free kick.

4:40

Lewis Montrose has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.

4:04

Curtis Weston has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Romain Larrieu makes a save.

2:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Curtis Weston on Will Atkinson. Ben Gibson takes the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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