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They were poor in the first half and an unfortunate own-goal from Sean Raggett meant they were trailing at the break.
But they completely turned things around in the space of three minutes following the restart, courtesy of John Marquis’ penalty and a fine Tom Naylor finish.
The Blues were unable to become the first side to leave Devon with all three points, however, as Jerome Opoku hit an Argyle equaliser.
Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that had beaten Ipswich in the FA Cup nine days earlier.
Ben Close – who scored in Pompey’s last trip to Home Park – came in for Ronan Curtis, who was away on Republic of Ireland international duty.
Andy Cannon, Naylor and Raggett had all been doubts ahead of kick-off, but the trio were passed fit to feature.
There was also a welcome return to the bench for Jack Whatmough, who had been missing since the end of October with a hamstring injury.
It was battle between the sides with best home and away records in League One respectively, but the men from Devon made the brighter start.
Ryan Hardie raced onto a pass from Kell Watts and was able to beat Craig MacGillivray to the ball, only for the keeper to recover well and deny the striker.
Watts then did well at the other end to prevent dangerous deliveries from Ryan Williams and Callum Johnson reaching their intended targets.
But Plymouth broke the deadlock on 11 minutes, with Raggett the unfortunate man to be credited with the goal.
The defender had to try to stop Hardie converting Frank Nouble’s pass and could only tun the ball into his own net.
Pompey were seeing plenty of possession and getting into some dangerous areas, although a final key pass or shot proved elusive.
One good example was when Cannon showed some neat footwork to beat Panutche Camara and play a one-two with Marquis, but could not force his way past the last defender.
A sloppy pass from Rasmus Nicolaisen then allowed Camera to find Nouble, who found space and forced a fine stop from MacGillivray.
The Blues continued to push forward and try to find a route through the Arglye back-line, but Michael Cooper was not being forced into action.
Their best opening came in stoppage-time, with Williams not quite able to bring Cam Pring’s cross under control and seeing the ball bounce off him and fly wide.
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Jackett made a double switch at the break, with Whatmough and Ellis Harrison on to replace Nicolaisen and Close.
But it was Plymouth who were first to threaten following the restart and they will be left wondering quite how the ball stayed out of the net.
MacGillivray got down to parry away Danny Mayor’s attempt and it seemed certain that Hardie would convert the loose ball, only for Pring to make a brilliant block.
Harrison then dived forward to try to meet Harness’ delivery from the right, but could not quite make contact.
And when the substitute was fouled by Tyrese Fornah, a Marquis free-kick cannoned back off the wall and the same players follow-up flashed past the post.
Then, when Williams’ cross was only partially cleared, a fierce Naylor strike had to be tipped over by Cooper.
But the Blues were level just past the hour mark when Watts battled with Whatmough to reach a cross and the ball struck his outstretched arm.
Referee Charles Breakspear had no choice but to point to the spot and MARQUIS confidently converted the penalty.
And the game was flipped on its head a few moments later when the Pilgrims defence failed to deal with Cannon’s cross.
The ball found NAYLOR on the edge of the box and the skipper expertly drilled it right into the bottom corner.
But it was then Plymouth’s turn to hit back on 78 minutes when they won a free-kick wide on the left.
MacGillivray was unable to claim George Cooper’s delivery, allowing Dom Telford to nod the ball back and leave Opoku with a simple finish.
With the game so delicately poised it was little surprise that tempers became frayed and both Naylor and Ben Reeves were booked for a spot of mutual shoving.
A knock from Williams then saw Haji Mnoga brought on for the final few minutes, which passed by without either side able to find a winner.
Plymouth (3-5-2): M.Cooper; Aimson, Opoku, Watts; Edwards (c), Camara (Reeves 84), Fornah (Grant 67), Mayor, G.Cooper; Nouble, Hardie (Telford 63)
Goals: Raggett 11 (og), Opoku 78
Booked: Opoku, Reeves
Subs not used: McCormick, Wootton, Canavan, Abraham
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Raggett, Nicolaisen (Whatmough 46), Pring; Naylor (c), Close (Harrison 46); Harness, Williams (Mnoga 90), Cannon; Marquis
Goals: Marquis 63 (pen), Naylor 65
Booked: Marquis, Cannon, Naylor
Subs not used: Bass, Downing, Morris, Hiwula
Referee: Charles Breakspear
Michael and his wife Gail (Nixon) meet with Michael’s friend Jerry (Comeau), who has a business offer for Michael. Gail is frustrated that Michael wants to take it, while Michael gets curious about an abandoned train yard behind the restaurant that Gail shows no interest in. When Michael is driving Shirley home that night, they stop at the train yard and explore it, eventually sharing a kiss. They come to the conclusion that they couldn’t do that anymore, but Michael pays Shirley extra.
Melissa (Lauren Birkell) discovers the truth about babysitting outings from Shirley and Michael tells Jerry about it. Michael asks Shirley if any of her other friends can “babysit” and her friend Melissa volunteers. Shirley asks her for 20% of the money as her cut to which Melissa agrees. They convince their friend Brenda (Louisa Krause) to take the babysitting job as well and the girls set up a working business, going so far as to have business cards printed up. Michael learns that Shirley is babysitting for others besides him, which makes him uncomfortable and upset.
Problem arises when Brenda invites her rough and aggressive younger stepsister Nadine (Halley Wegryn Gross) into the group without checking with Shirley. She soon starts her own competing business behind Shirley’s back, and Shirley starts to lose customers. Shirley confronts Brenda and Brenda agrees to search Nadine’s room. She reports back that she found nothing. With Michael ‘on watch’, Shirley and Melissa search Nadine’s locker but find nothing. They end up trashing the school to hide their true motive. The next day everything was destroyed, which called for a mandatory assembly. During the assembly Shirley calls the girls to the band room to discuss the issues. Shirley than tells Nadine to stop going behind her back and doing business without her permission and that she gets twenty percent of all their cuts. Then they all are dismissed.
Melissa presents Shirley with fake permission slips for a trip to Jerry’s cabin for a weekend. The girls will be going under the make-believe of a school trip, while the men will be there on a “business retreat”. Michael is uncomfortable with Shirley being with other guys at the party. Jerry has supplied drugs at the party and attempts to rape Brenda.
Later at school Brenda decides she wants to quit and Shirley agrees but Melissa is worried that Brenda will talk. Melissa has several of their customers attack and threaten Brenda’s brother. Shirley finds out and confronts Melissa at lunch and gets upset.
Michael’s wife confronts him about his distance and that he has been lying about his job situation and Michael finally voices some of his frustrations about the marriage, while Gail responds with hers. Michael tries to encourage Shirley to run away with him, while Shirley reminds him that this is just business and he’s cheating himself. She ups the price for him and walks off.
She then tries unsuccessfully to contact Brenda. She hears that Nadine is babysitting without her knowledge and calls Melissa, who is with Jerry, and they go to confront her. They soon arrive and Jerry finds Nadine and gives her to Shirley and Melissa who then threaten to throw her off a building. With Nadine almost falling off, Jerry pulls her back after beating up the man in the vehicle. Shirley then discovers that her own father was having sex with Nadine. She then breaks down and starts to cry.
The movie ends with another voiceover by Shirley. Shirley talks about how what she did was wrong and that she could never forgive herself. Across the street from Michael’s house Shirley sees Michael interacting with his family. He glances over and then walks off, leaving Shirley who then drives off.
“When you go home, tell them of us and say, for their tomorrow we gave our today.”
John Maxwell Edmonds
Kai Corbett netted the only goal of the contest against an extremely youthful home side, with six teenagers making their maiden senior outing for the club.
Both times had already qualified for the knockout stages, although a first loss in the competition for almost three years ensured the Blues will be on the road in the next round.
Kenny Jackett made 11 changes from the side that won at Ipswich to progress in the FA Cup at the weekend.
He handed debuts to third year scholars Harry Kavanagh and Alfie Stanley, as well as academy midfielder Charlie Bell.
Jordy Hiwula was given a first start for the club, joining fellow senior professionals Paul Downing – who skippered the team – James Bolton, Bryn Morris and Alex Bass.
Haji Mnoga was provided with another chance to impress, while Eoin Teggart and Harvey Rew completed the line-up following their appearances in the same competition last season.
Nobody on the bench had featured in a senior game for Pompey, as Duncan Turnbull joined a host of players from the under-18 side.
But the young Blues found themselves behind after just four minutes, as Emmanuel Longelo cut the ball back for Corbett to squeeze home a shot.
The hosts took a while to find their feet and there were a few passes going astray in the opening stages.
But they gradually began to settle and play some nice possession football, without really being able to test Nathan Trott.
The Hammers keeper was called into action for the first time on 19 minutes, but not overly troubled by Kavanagh’s header from a Teggart delivery.
Stanley and Hiwula then did well to steal possession and launch an attack, with Alfie Lewis’ foul on the latter earning him a booking.
Pompey were the stronger side as the interval neared and they almost found an equaliser before the whistle blew.
Hiwula showed some nifty footwork inside the box, but his low drive was saved by Trott’s feet at the keeper’s near post.
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There did not look much on following the restart when Mnoga overhit his pass over the top towards Kavanagh.
But Longelo made a mess of his pass back to Trott and the keeper did well to get there before the hosts could capitalise.
Oladapo Afolayan then hit something that was between a cross and a shot at the other end, with the effort ultimately flashing past the post.
The same player then struck a fierce shot towards the target, only for Bolton to bravely fling himself into the path of the ball.
Pompey were trying to launch some threatening attacks and a delivery from Teggart drifted towards goal, with Trott having to claim it underneath his own bar.
Jackett made a double switch on 66 minutes, as Harry Jewitt-White and Harrison Brook – aged 16 and 17 respectively – replaced Stanley and Brook to become the latest debutants.
The hosts were playing some really nice stuff, with Rew and Teggart linking up particularly well down the left, but were not making too much of an impact in the final third.
Seok Jae Lee was also handed his Blues bow in the closing stages, as Bell made his way from the pitch.
But it was the more senior Bolton who had a chance to grab a late leveller, stretching to get on the end of Teggart’s cross and hooking the ball narrowly over.
And the Hammers almost added a second goal just before the end, hitting a ferocious strike that cannoned back off the crossbar.
Pompey (4-4-2): Bass; Mnoga, Bolton, Downing (c), Rew; Kavanagh (Brook 66), Bell (Lee 79), Morris, Teggart; Stanley (Jewitt-White 66), Hiwula
Booked: Mnoga, Downing
Subs not used: Turnbull, Setters, Hughes, Bridgman
West Ham U21 (3-4-3): Trott; Okotcha, Johnson (c), Greenidge; Rosa (Forbes 80), Appiah-Forson, Lewis, Longelo (Chesters 72); Corbett, Afolayan, Swyer (Adarkwa 83)
Goals: Corbett 4
Subs not used: Anang, Fevrier, Potts, Woods
Referee: Kevin Johnson