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Gillingham 5-2 Plymouth Argyle

Tom Eaves struck a hat-trick as Plymouth's faint play-off hopes were extinguished in a resounding defeat at Gillingham.

Argyle not only needed to win but also required sixth-placed Charlton to lose and for there to be a six-goal swing in proceedings.

Plymouth, who were in relegation trouble in November, could not live with Steve Lovell's side and giant striker Eaves.

He struck a 21-minute hat-trick either side of the break to ensure Argyle will be playing in the third-tier again next season.

Josh Parker's strike gave Gillingham an early lead before Anthony Grant bundled in an equaliser for the visitors.

But that was as good as it got for Derek Adams' side.

Eaves then stole the show, first capitalising on a slip from a defender and slotting home before finishing coolly to make it 3-1.

The striker followed up that feat to complete his second treble of the season with a header.

Graham Carey's header reduced the arrears for Argyle but sub Elliott List had the final say with a tight finish in stoppage time.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 13Holy
  • 2O'Neill
  • 5Ehmer
  • 6ZakuaniBooked at 45mins
  • 3Garmston
  • 33Byrne
  • 7Wagstaff
  • 26Reilly
  • 11MartinSubstituted forHessenthalerat 65'minutes
  • 14ParkerSubstituted forListat 84'minutes
  • 9EavesSubstituted forWilkinsonat 74'minutesBooked at 85mins

Substitutes

  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 10Wilkinson
  • 12Ogilvie
  • 19Nugent
  • 21List
  • 30Hadler
  • 37Nasseri

Plymouth

  • 34Matthews
  • 2Miller
  • 15Bradley
  • 22Vyner
  • 3Sawyer
  • 4Songo'oBooked at 85mins
  • 24Fox
  • 10Carey
  • 11LameirasSubstituted forTaylor-Sinclairat 58'minutes
  • 27FletcherSubstituted forSangsterat 57'minutes
  • 16GrantSubstituted forBattleat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 17Taylor-Sinclair
  • 25Letheren
  • 32Law
  • 33Sangster
  • 36Rooney
  • 37Battle
  • 38Lolos
Referee:
Brendan Malone
Attendance:
6,269

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home15
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 5, Plymouth Argyle 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 5, Plymouth Argyle 2.

Callum Reilly (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sonny Bradley (Plymouth Argyle).

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 5, Plymouth Argyle 2. Elliott List (Gillingham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke O'Neill.

Hand ball by Elliott List (Gillingham).

Attempt blocked. David Fox (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Yann Songo'o (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Conor Wilkinson (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Elliott List replaces Josh Parker.

Bradley Garmston (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Zak Vyner (Plymouth Argyle).

Foul by Luke O'Neill (Gillingham).

Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Mark Byrne (Gillingham) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Mark Byrne (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Gary Miller.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Alex Battle replaces Joel Grant.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 4, Plymouth Argyle 2. Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sonny Bradley.

Foul by Mark Byrne (Gillingham).

Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Callum Reilly (Gillingham) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Conor Wilkinson replaces Tom Eaves.

Attempt saved. Yann Songo'o (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Bradley Garmston (Gillingham).

Sonny Bradley (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham).

Yann Songo'o (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Jake Hessenthaler replaces Lee Martin.

Josh Parker (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cameron Sangster (Plymouth Argyle).

Attempt saved. Yann Songo'o (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Gabriel Zakuani (Gillingham).

Joel Grant (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Bradley Garmston (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Mark Byrne (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cameron Sangster (Plymouth Argyle).

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Aaron Taylor-Sinclair replaces Ruben Lameiras.

goal

As It Stood

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1Wigan462911689296098
2Blackburn462812682404296
3Shrewsbury462512960392187
4Rotherham462471573532079
5Scunthorpe4619171065501574
6Charlton462011155851771
7Plymouth461911165859-168
8Portsmouth46206205756166
9Peterborough461713166860864
10Southend461712175862-463
11Bradford46189195767-1063
12Blackpool461515166055560
13Bristol Rovers461611196066-659
14Fleetwood46169215968-957
15Doncaster461317165252056
16Oxford Utd461511206166-556
17Gillingham461317165055-556
18Wimbledon461314194758-1153
19Walsall461313205366-1352
20Rochdale461118174957-851
21Oldham461117185875-1750
22Northampton461211234377-3447
23MK Dons461112234369-2645
24Bury46812264171-3036
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