Plymouth teenager Tyler Harvey rescued a point on his full debut with a late equaliser against Torquay United in the Boxing Day Devon derby at Home Park.

Gulls defender Aaron Downes looked to have won it when he latched onto Kevin Nicholson's cross to score from close range on 78 minutes.

But, in the final minute, 17-year-old Harvey turned to fire in a superb left-foot shot from the edge of the box.

Torquay are now unbeaten against Argyle in their last five derby meetings.

Wind-assisted Argyle had by far the better of the first half, but the second half began with home keeper Rene Gilmartin doing well to keep out Nicholson's thumping 25-yard free kick.

When Nicholson swung the ball in for centre-half Downes to head down and fire into the roof of the net, that sent the Gulls' 1,525 away following into delirium.

But, just seconds after Torquay keeper Michael Poke had denied Robbie Williams' rising drive, Harvey marked his first start for his home-town club with that stunning late equaliser.

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Plymouth Argyle manager Carl Fletcher told BBC Radio Devon:

"It was terrible conditions today, wind, rain, but I thought we played really well and pretty much dominated the game. We know Torquay are a really good side with some really good players and some match winners. We know they're dangerous and I thought today we coped with everything they threw at us"

"We took the game to Torquay, created numerous chances and we could have had a few more goals but to be a goal down with not long left we're pleased to get an equaliser.

"I think it's a penalty. It's just the way it's going at the minute, everyone's talking about diving so the referee feels like he's got to do something about it."

Torquay United manager Martin Ling told BBC Radio Devon:

"There's no doubt about it, our goalkeeper was worked an awful lot more than theirs. They were the aggressors for most of the day, lets be fair about it. Even though we're disappointed to concede a late equaliser again, I think overall it was a fair result"

"For attitude and endeavour from our players, we again applaud them for it.

"I thought our fans were a lot louder than the Plymouth supporters and I'm proud of every single one of them."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (3)

Plymouth Argyle

  • 20 Gilmartin
  • 04 Blanchard
  • 05 Purse
  • 14 Bhasera
  • 17 Nelson
  • 03 Williams
  • 06 Hourihane Booked
  • 08 Young
  • 29 Harvey
  • 07 Cowan-Hall
  • 09 Chadwick (Griffiths - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Cole
  • 02 Berry
  • 16 Lowry
  • 19 Lennox
  • 27 Gurrieri
  • 10 Griffiths
  • 11 Feeney

Torquay United

  • 01 Poke
  • 02 Oastler
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 04 Downes
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 07 Mansell (Lathrope - 90' )
  • 15 Bodin (Yeoman - 70' )
  • 18 Easton
  • 19 Stevens
  • 20 Craig
  • 09 Howe

Substitutes

  • 13 Rice
  • 12 Leadbitter
  • 21 Cruise
  • 30 Mackenzie
  • 06 Lathrope
  • 17 Halpin
  • 23 Yeoman
Ref: Salisbury
Att: 10,003

Match Stats

Shots

23 7

On target

13 4

Corners

7 6

Fouls

4 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +7:14 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +5:21 Substitution

Substitution Lee Mansell leaves the field to be replaced by Damon Lathrope.

89:05

Luke Young provided the assist for the goal.

89:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Tyler Harvey - Plymouth 1 - 1 Torquay Tyler Harvey scores a goal from just outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Plymouth 1-1 Torquay.

87:34

Foul by Angus MacDonald on Rhys Griffiths, free kick awarded. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Robbie Williams, Michael Poke makes a save.

86:29

Luke Young takes a shot. Save made by Michael Poke. Rhys Griffiths takes a shot. Save made by Michael Poke.

84:55

Rhys Griffiths is ruled offside. Michael Poke takes the free kick.

83:28

Foul by Joe Oastler on Rhys Griffiths, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Robbie Williams.

83:02

Foul by Ashley Yeoman on Darren Purse, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Rene Gilmartin.

82:21

Michael Poke restarts play with the free kick.

82:21 Booking

Booking Conor Hourihane shown a yellow card.

80:09 Substitution

Substitution Nick Chadwick leaves the field to be replaced by Rhys Griffiths.

77:33

Assist by Kevin Nicholson.

77:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Aaron Downes - Plymouth 0 - 1 Torquay Aaron Downes finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top right corner of the goal. Plymouth 0-1 Torquay.

76:19

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Yeoman by Darren Purse. Kevin Nicholson produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Rene Gilmartin. Corner from the left by-line taken by Kevin Nicholson,

73:00

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luke Young from the right by-line, Aaron Downes manages to make a clearance.

70:48

Shot from close range by Tyler Harvey misses to the left of the goal.

69:21 Substitution

Substitution Billy Bodin goes off and Ashley Yeoman comes on.

68:40

Effort on goal by Tyler Harvey from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

67:48

Paris Cowan-Hall is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Kevin Nicholson.

64:38

Close range strike by Lee Mansell goes over the bar.

63:41

Tyler Harvey takes a shot. Save by Michael Poke.

59:45

Darren Purse fouled by Rene Howe, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Darren Purse.

59:18

Header from close in by Nick Chadwick misses to the right of the goal.

56:16

Billy Bodin has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

54:26

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luke Young played to the near post, clearance made by Craig Easton.

53:06

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luke Young, Paris Cowan-Hall takes a shot. Michael Poke makes a save. Corner taken by Luke Young from the right by-line, save by Michael Poke.

52:30

Foul by Rene Howe on Maxime Blanchard, free kick awarded. Rene Gilmartin takes the indirect free kick.

52:01

Paris Cowan-Hall takes a shot. Blocked by Angus MacDonald.

51:11

Rene Howe takes a shot. Save by Rene Gilmartin. Outswinging corner taken by Kevin Nicholson, Darren Purse manages to make a clearance.

47:48

Corner taken by Kevin Nicholson.

46:55

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Nathan Craig, Danny Stevens takes a shot. Nick Chadwick gets a block in.

45:23

Tyler Harvey takes a shot. Blocked by Joe Oastler.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:22 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

38:03

Conor Hourihane gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Downes. Aaron Downes takes the indirect free kick.

37:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Craig by Robbie Williams. Free kick taken by Joe Oastler.

35:11

Conor Hourihane produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

31:03

Nathan Craig takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Luke Young makes a clearance.

30:14

Kevin Nicholson produces a cross, clearance by Maxime Blanchard. Nathan Craig takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Luke Young makes a clearance.

29:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rene Howe on Darren Purse. Darren Purse restarts play with the free kick.

28:18

Nick Chadwick takes a shot. Save by Michael Poke.

24:05

Lee Mansell fouled by Nick Chadwick, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Poke.

23:20

Shot by Tyler Harvey from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

21:21

Luke Young takes a shot. Michael Poke makes a fantastic save. Inswinging corner taken by Luke Young from the left by-line.

19:19

The referee penalises Joe Oastler for handball. Robbie Williams takes the free kick.

18:09

Unfair challenge on Paris Cowan-Hall by Danny Stevens results in a free kick. Darren Purse restarts play with the free kick.

17:11

Outswinging corner taken by Luke Young, Tyler Harvey conjures a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

16:53

Onismor Bhasera takes a shot. Kevin Nicholson manages to make a clearance.

14:59

Luke Young fouled by Lee Mansell, the ref awards a free kick. Robbie Williams shoots direct from the free kick.

13:27

Effort on goal by Luke Young from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.

9:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rene Howe on Luke Young. Robbie Williams takes the free kick.

9:26

Effort from the edge of the box by Robbie Williams goes wide of the right-hand upright.

8:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Young by Lee Mansell. Darren Purse restarts play with the free kick.

6:27

Foul by Lee Mansell on Conor Hourihane, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Darren Purse.

5:05

Paris Cowan-Hall takes a shot. Angus MacDonald gets a block in.

4:17

Outswinging corner taken by Luke Young.

3:37

Billy Bodin produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.

2:35

Tyler Harvey takes a shot. Comfortable save by Michael Poke.

0:52

Nick Chadwick has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

0:00

The match begins.

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