Plymouth Argyle scored two second half goals to defeat Devon rivals Torquay United in League Two.

On-loan Sheffield Wednesday striker Caolan Lavery fired the home side ahead with a superbly-taken first-time strike on the hour mark.

And Lewis Alessandra chested in skipper Conor Hourihane's 85th-minute cross from the left for Plymouth's second.

The visitors' best chance fell to Jordan Chapell, who saw his 30-yard effort saved by Luke McCormick.

The Pilgrims are now just five points off a play-off spot, while Torquay remain in the the relegation zone, a point away from safety.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Plymouth Argyle

  • 23 McCormick
  • 04 Blanchard
  • 25 Purrington
  • 11 Blizzard
  • 16 Trotman
  • 17 Nelson
  • 07 Alessandra Booked
  • 06 Hourihane
  • 13 Lavery Booked (Young - 79' )
  • 09 Reid (Obadeyi - 88' )
  • 27 Gurrieri

Substitutes

  • 01 Cole
  • 02 Berry
  • 05 Branston
  • 08 Boco
  • 14 Young
  • 19 Thomas
  • 26 Obadeyi

Torquay United

  • 01 Poke Booked
  • 02 Tonge
  • 21 Cruise
  • 07 Mansell
  • 04 Downes Booked
  • 29 O'Connor
  • 10 Bodin
  • 36 Mozika (Benyon - 71' )
  • 09 Hawley
  • 12 Chapell (Stockley - 77' )
  • 17 McCourt

Substitutes

  • 05 Pearce
  • 11 Cameron
  • 13 Rice
  • 19 Stockley
  • 20 Craig
  • 26 Benyon
  • 31 Sullivan
Ref: Keith Stroud
Att: 10,126

Match Stats

Shots

14 9

On target

5 4

Corners

9 5

Fouls

12 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Plymouth Argyle 2, Torquay United 0.

90:00 +3:17 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 2, Torquay United 0.

90:00 +1:35

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Lee Mansell.

90:00 +0:44

Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:44

Foul by Elliot Benyon (Torquay United).

88:44

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Maxime Blanchard.

88:30

Attempt blocked. Billy Bodin (Torquay United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

87:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Tope Obadeyi replaces Reuben Reid.

86:54

Ben Purrington (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:54

Foul by Aaron Downes (Torquay United).

86:05 Booking

Booking Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

86:01

Foul by Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle).

86:01

Billy Bodin (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Plymouth Argyle 2, Torquay United 0. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) with an attempt from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Conor Hourihane.

82:55

Attempt blocked. Luke Young (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

81:53

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Conor Hourihane.

80:30

Foul by Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle).

80:30

Dale Tonge (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:28

Attempt missed. Billy Bodin (Torquay United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

78:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Luke Young replaces Caolan Lavery.

76:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Jayden Stockley replaces Jordan Chapell.

74:42

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Neal Trotman.

74:27

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Luke McCormick.

74:11

Attempt saved. Elliot Benyon (Torquay United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

73:10

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Plymouth Argyle).

73:10

Jak McCourt (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Elliot Benyon replaces Damien Mozika.

69:17

Attempt missed. Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle) header from the right side of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

68:45

Caolan Lavery (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:45

Foul by Damien Mozika (Torquay United).

67:50

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Aaron Downes.

66:11

Attempt missed. Karl Hawley (Torquay United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

63:52

Foul by Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle).

63:52

Jordan Chapell (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

62:21

Attempt blocked. Caolan Lavery (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

61:04

Attempt saved. Jordan Chapell (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

59:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Plymouth Argyle 1, Torquay United 0. Caolan Lavery (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner.

57:43

Attempt blocked. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

56:25

Hand ball by Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United).

54:12

Foul by Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle).

54:12

Karl Hawley (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:19

Attempt blocked. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

51:19

Attempt missed. Andres Gurrieri (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

50:49

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

50:17

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Dale Tonge.

49:34

Attempt saved. Jordan Chapell (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

47:26

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Dale Tonge.

46:07

Attempt missed. Billy Bodin (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

45:22

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Ben Purrington.

45:00

Second Half begins Plymouth Argyle 0, Torquay United 0.

45:00 +1:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 0, Torquay United 0.

45:00 +0:13

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Plymouth Argyle).

45:00 +0:13

Damien Mozika (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:35

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

43:42

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

42:33

Attempt missed. Caolan Lavery (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

40:02

Attempt missed. Lee Mansell (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

39:14

Foul by Maxime Blanchard (Plymouth Argyle).

39:14

Jordan Chapell (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:26

Attempt missed. Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle) header from very close range misses to the right following a set piece situation.

34:18 Booking

Booking Michael Poke (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

34:05

Caolan Lavery (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:05

Foul by Michael Poke (Torquay United).

32:32

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Plymouth Argyle).

32:32

Dale Tonge (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

30:16

Foul by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

30:16

Aaron Downes (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:03

Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:03

Foul by Lee Mansell (Torquay United).

25:37

Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:37

Foul by Karl Hawley (Torquay United).

24:10

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Aaron Downes.

23:57

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Aaron Downes.

23:05

Caolan Lavery (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:05

Foul by Dale Tonge (Torquay United).

21:38

Hand ball by Ben Purrington (Plymouth Argyle).

21:09

Caolan Lavery (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:09

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United).

17:23

Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:23

Foul by Karl Hawley (Torquay United).

16:12

Attempt missed. Caolan Lavery (Plymouth Argyle) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

10:38

Attempt saved. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

10:02

Foul by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

10:02

(Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:41

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Michael Poke.

9:26

Attempt saved. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

7:04

Attempt saved. Jordan Chapell (Torquay United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

4:35 Booking

Booking Aaron Downes (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

4:29

Foul by Aaron Downes (Torquay United).

4:29

Caolan Lavery (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:49

Karl Hawley (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:49

Foul by Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle).

0:45

Foul by Lee Mansell (Torquay United).

0:45

Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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