Torquay 2-1 Port Vale- Report
Report of match 24th March 2012
Torquay 2-1 Port Vale- Report.
Gulls hit back to down Vale
On-loan striker Ryan Jarvis scored his first goal for Torquay to see off 10-man Port Vale and keep the Gulls' League Two promotion bid on course.
Jarvis, signed from Walsall a month ago, completed a second-half turnaround after Vale had young centre-back Joe Davis sent off in the 69th minute.
Torquay started well, Rene Howe muscling past John McCombe and Vale goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson before hitting the side-netting. But for the rest of the first half Vale, forcing six corners without reply, called the tune and it was no surprise when they took the lead in the 29th minute.
Torquay defender Joe Oastler failed to clear Chris Shuker's left-wing cross and McCombe controlled the loose ball before firing home from 15 yards.
The hosts, off the pace, did not test Tomlinson until the hour mark but a penalty incident changed everything in the 71st minute as referee Darren Sheldrake sent off Davis, who was the last defender when he brought down Howe - the striker dispatching the spot-kick for his 13th goal of the season.
Torquay poured on the pressure and just three minutes later Jarvis rose at the far post to power home Eunan O'Kane's corner.
Damon Lathrope hit the crossbar from 25 yards as Torquay sought to stretch their lead in the closing stages while Vale substitute Ben Williamson also hit the woodwork near the end as the visitors came within a whisker of clinching an equaliser.
|Competition: npower League Two Date: Saturday, 24th March 2012 Kick off: 15:00 Venue: Plainmoor|
Howe 71 (pen)
|2 - 1||Port Vale
|19||Danny Stevens (Jarvis 61)|
|11||Ian Morris (Atieno 61)|
|9||Rene Howe (Rowe-Turner 84)|
|2||Lathaniel Rowe-Turner (Howe 84)|
|23||Taiwo Atieno (Morris 61)|
|8||Ryan Jarvis (Stevens 61)|
|20||Chris Shuker (Marshall 59)|
|8||Louis Dodds (Williamson 77)|
|17||Sean Rigg (Pope 71)|
|19||Ben Williamson (Dodds 77)|
|14||Paul Marshall (Shuker 59)|
|11||Tom Pope (Rigg 71)|
|Torquay Utd. cards shown|
|75 mins||Eunan O'Kane||Dissent|
|78 mins||Rene Howe||Unsporting behaviour|
|Port Vale cards shown|
|45 mins||Adam Yates||Unsporting behaviour|
|48 mins||Chris Shuker||Unsporting behaviour|
|69 mins||Joe Davis||Unsporting behaviour|