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2016/17 English League Two, 2016/2017 English League Two
  • Rhys Oates (27')
  • Matthew Kennedy (76')

Matty Kennedy stunner earns Plymouth a point

Matty Kennedy's wonder-strike rescued a point for promotion-chasing Plymouth in their 1-1 Sky Bet League Two draw at Hartlepool.
Kennedy curled home from outside the area with 14 minutes remaining to cancel out Rhys Oates' strike as second-placed Argyle, three points off leaders Doncaster going into the game, took a share of the spoils.
Plymouth began like a side pushing for the title, with Ryan Taylor and Jake Jervis testing young goalkeeper Joe Fryer in the opening exchanges.
Yet Pools grew into the game and took the lead midway through the opening period, Oates powering into an empty net after Luke McCormick had denied Nathan Thomas.
The hosts controlled proceedings thereafter, with Plymouth growing increasingly frustrated as the game wore on.
Kennedy was Argyle's biggest threat, jinking his way past Kenton Richardson and firing over as the game entered the last 15 minutes.
But he made no mistake moments later as he cut inside from the left and curled a stunning 20-yard effort past Fryer.
Plymouth almost snatched a winner, only for makeshift defender Brad Walker to block Taylor's goal-bound strike.