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Argyle 2, Newport County 2

Saturday, January 7, 1984 FA Cup, 3rd round

The following article has been extracted from Harley Lawer's excellent  book: "Argyle Classics" published by Green Books, Plymouth (ISBN: 0951381709), and is reproduced with his kind permission.

Tommy Tynan beat Mark Kendall from the penalty spot to salvage a last-minute equaliser.

Sunday Independent:

A playwright specialising in keeping his audience in suspense until the last act couldn’t have written a more dramatic script for the final scene.

The curtain was just about to fall when Tommy Tynan, the striker Newport covet so much, was left completely on his own to decide the fate of this FA Cup tie against his previous club.

The tension was spilling over into the third minute of injury time as Tynan - jeered by Argyle fans in the second half - calmly prepared to take a penalty that would give his side a late reprieve.

A miss . . . and Newport would have been given the chance of a lucrative fourth-round tie - and the extra funds they need to buy Tynan back.

A goal . . . and lucky Plymouth would live to fight again at Somerton Park.

For once, a little inside knowledge proved a dangerous thing because goalkeeper Mark Kendall - remembering Tynan’s many spot-kicks for his team - gambled on him shooting to his left.

But the striker sent the ‘keeper the wrong way by driving the ball in the opposite corner and afterwards Tynan admitted: ‘I thought Mark would remember and go to his left. He had obviously made up his mind first and I’m glad I changed direction.’

No one on the field was more relieved to see the ball go in than John Uzzell, whose 84th-minute blunder appeared to erase Argyle’s interest in the Cup for another year.

His crazy back pass completely stranded Geoff Crudgington and danger man John Aldridge just couldn’t believe his luck. He cantered on and almost had time to stop and apologise before making sure.

The error was as unprofessional as Argyle’s 11th minute giveaway - with Aldridge again the grateful recipient. This time Andy Rogers dwelled on the ball too long inside his own penalty area and was punished when Neville Chamberlain lifted a centre high over Crudgington’s head. There, predictably, at the far post Aldridge was waiting to tap it in.

Aldridge’s 20th and 21st goals of the season must count among his easiest double yet. Only a goal-line clearance by Gordon Nisbet prevented the tall striker from claiming a hat trick and chalking up five goals against Argyle’s suspect defence in 11 days!

There were mistakes galore from both sides. But it was real blood and thunder Cup-tie soccer. Only those horrendous errors spoiled it for Argyle, who will now have their work cut out to survive the replay.

But thank Tynan for that small mercy. Given all the circumstances I can’t image what most Argyle fans would have said if the poor man had missed!

Argyle - Crudgington: Nisbet, Uzzell, Harrison, Smith, Cooper, Hodges, Phillips, Tynan, Staniforth, Rogers. Sub: Pearson.

Newport - Kendall: Jones, Relish, Reid, Boyle, Matthewson, Micallef, Aldridge, Chamberlain, Carter, Lewis. Sub: Woodruff.

Scorers: Argyle - Hodges. Tynan (pen): Newport - Aldridge 12.

Referee: Mr. D. Reeves (Uxbridge)

Attendance: 6,789.

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