Sky Bet League One club Plymouth Argyle are celebrating an FA Youth Cup giant-killing this evening after The Pilgrims dumped Manchester City’s multi-national side out of the competition with a 6-5 penalty shootout victory at Home Park.
The star-studded English Premier League club have reached the final of the competition in each of the last three seasons, losing to Chelsea over two legs on each occasion. City’s hopes of ending their FA Youth Cup hoodoo are over much earlier this season with Plymouth Argyle defeating Gareth Taylor’s side in the Third Round of the competition.
The first half produced no goals and was in truth, a dull affair in very wet conditions. The best chances of the half came from the visitors with Nail Touaizi going close to scoring on two occasions while Rabbi Matondo was wasteful in front of goal for City.
The second half followed a similar pattern and Matondo really should have scored for City when left one-on-one with Argyle keeper Michael Cooper but the player lost his composure and fired wide while captain Joel Latibeaudiere also headed a chance off target.
Cooper was the hero of the hour when he kept Benjamin Garre’s effort out of the net before Argyle’s real goalscoring chance of the night saw the City defence clear a Harry Downing effort off the line. Matondo and Touiazi again failed to find a winning goal for the visitors late on as the match ended goalless.
The 30 minutes of extra time also produced no goals with City substitute Ian Carlo Poveda-Ocampo twice going close to scoring and the match was ultimately to be decided on the lottery of a penalty shootout.
After five spot kicks each, the shootout saw the scoreline tied at 4-4 and after some drama in sudden death which saw both City goalkeeper Curtis Anderson and Downing score, it was Argyle who progressed into the next round with Michael Peck netting to make it 6-5 to the home side after Poveda-Ocampo had missed.
The club’s reward for a famous victory sees Argyle now travel to Burnley in the Fourth Round of the competition next month.