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Gillingham 3-1 Plymouth Argyle

Gillingham moved closer to securing their League One status after scoring twice in two minutes en route to beating out-of-form Plymouth Argyle at Priestfield.

Without a win in their previous five games, Argyle took the lead on 25 minutes when Freddie Ladapo twisted his way through the Gills defence and blazed a shot past Tomas Holy.

However, the hosts levelled shortly after the break when substitute Elliott List's cross was chested in by Regan Charles-Cook for his third goal of the season.

Midfielder Mark Byrne then headed home unmarked from Luke O'Neill's corner to complete his side's quick-fire turnaround on 58 minutes.

Brandon Hanlan sealed victory for the Gills in stoppage time, latching onto a loose ball in midfield and firing past Kyle Letheren.

Victory moves Steve Lovell's side onto 51 points, six clear of the relegation zone, while Plymouth are teetering, four points further back.

In a game of few chances, the outcome could have been different had Ladapo not dragged a low shot wide at the end of an Argyle break three minutes into the second half.

Antoni Sarcevic should have also scored for the visitors but missed the target from 12 yards after meeting Ruben Lameiras' cross late on.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 1Holy
  • 2O'Neill
  • 5Ehmer
  • 34Ogilvie
  • 12Fuller
  • 33ByrneBooked at 28mins
  • 8Parrett
  • 16BinghamSubstituted forListat 45'minutes
  • 11Charles-CookSubstituted forReesat 73'minutes
  • 7Hanlan
  • 9EavesSubstituted forCampbellat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Garmston
  • 4Lacey
  • 14Campbell
  • 15List
  • 20Oldaker
  • 24Rees
  • 30Hadler

Plymouth

  • 21Letheren
  • 23Smith-BrownBooked at 71minsSubstituted forCanavanat 77'minutes
  • 5Edwards
  • 20Jones
  • 3Sawyer
  • 8Fox
  • 6Ness
  • 11Lameiras
  • 7SarcevicBooked at 32minsSubstituted forTaylorat 77'minutes
  • 10Carey
  • 19Ladapo

Substitutes

  • 1Macey
  • 4Songo'o
  • 9Taylor
  • 13Anderson
  • 14Canavan
  • 22Moore
  • 29Fletcher
Referee:
Antony Coggins
Attendance:
5,987

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 3, Plymouth Argyle 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 3, Plymouth Argyle 1.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 3, Plymouth Argyle 1. Brandon Hanlan (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Byrne.

Foul by Brandon Hanlan (Gillingham).

Lloyd Jones (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Barry Fuller.

Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Plymouth Argyle).

Attempt missed. Ryan Edwards (Plymouth Argyle) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

Foul by Elliott List (Gillingham).

Gary Sawyer (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Luke O'Neill (Gillingham) because of an injury.

Luke O'Neill (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jamie Ness (Plymouth Argyle).

Hand ball by Ryan Taylor (Plymouth Argyle).

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Mark Byrne.

Attempt saved. Ruben Lameiras (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Niall Canavan replaces Ashley Smith-Brown.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Ryan Taylor replaces Antoni Sarcevic.

Attempt missed. Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Lloyd Jones.

Attempt blocked. Luke O'Neill (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Josh Rees replaces Regan Charles-Cook.

Attempt missed. Dean Parrett (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Luke O'Neill (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Ashley Smith-Brown (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tahvon Campbell (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ashley Smith-Brown (Plymouth Argyle).

Foul by Barry Fuller (Gillingham).

Ruben Lameiras (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Barry Fuller (Gillingham).

Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Max Ehmer (Gillingham) header from the right side of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Ashley Smith-Brown.

Foul by Dean Parrett (Gillingham).

David Fox (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 2, Plymouth Argyle 1. Mark Byrne (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke O'Neill with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Lloyd Jones.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 1, Plymouth Argyle 1. Regan Charles-Cook (Gillingham) with an attempt from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Elliott List.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton422512581374487
2Barnsley432413674363885
3Sunderland422217376413583
4Portsmouth422411777453283
5Charlton4323101063402379
6Doncaster4319121271541769
7Peterborough421811136455965
8Coventry431810155249364
9Burton4316121561501160
10Blackpool431417124746159
11Fleetwood421512155548757
12Oxford Utd431414155257-556
13Gillingham43149205769-1251
14Bristol Rovers431214174548-350
15Shrewsbury431214174855-750
16Accrington421212184361-1848
17Rochdale43139215283-3148
18Wycombe431211205265-1347
19Plymouth431211205270-1847
20Scunthorpe431210214973-2446
21Wimbledon43129223860-2245
22Southend43128235064-1444
23Walsall431110224670-2443
24Bradford43106274574-2936
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