Two-goal Garvan steals the show
A brilliant brace from Owen Garvan and Kevin Lisbie's first goal in 11 games
gave Ipswich a comfortable Coca-Cola Championship victory at Home Park. Garvan
opened the scoring with a crisp volley from the edge of the area after good
work from Lisbie.
He then delivered a sucker punch to Argyle three minutes before the break
as he rifled in another unstoppable drive from outside the box. Town then
made the game safe with a third three minutes after the half-time whistle,
Lisbie reacting first to a spilled shot to tap home.
Argyle, who had won their three previous matches at Home Park, failed to
impose themselves on the match with tall striker Rory Fallon their only real
threat going forward, although they did manage a late consolation through
Craig Cathcart's header.
David Norris dampened the visitors' celebrates late on as he was dismissed
for a second yellow card. Paul Sturrock was forced to change his Plymouth
side for the first time in seven matches as Mat Doumbe failed to recover in
time from a foot injury picked up during the 1-0 win over Preston.
David McNamee replace him at full-back. Ipswich manager Jim Magilton made
two changes to the team that drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest on Tuesday with
former Argyle man Norris and Lisbie coming in for Pablo Counago and Tommy
The visitors almost got off to the perfect start as Jonathan Walters found
himself one on one with Plymouth goalkeeper Romain Larrieu but, as was the
case at the City Ground, the woodwork denied the striker as his shot rebounded
off the foot of the post.
At the other end Fallon was looking a constant threat and it was from his
low cross that strike partner Paul Gallagher wasted a golden opportunity to
put the hosts in front as he shot straight at Richard Wright.
Town's best moves centred around Alan Quinn and Garvan and it was the latter
who produced a moment of real quality to put the visitors ahead in the 28th
minute. Lisbie did brilliantly to win a header in the box and the ball fell
kindly to Garvan who drilled the ball into the bottom corner on the half volley.
Lisbie again was heavily involved in Town's second goal as he slid the ball
to Garvan on the edge of the area and the midfielder struck his second with
another superb shot.
Just as the hosts looked to reduce the deficit early in the second half Lisbie
got himself on the scoresheet with a simple knock-in after Norris' pass.
Garvan went close to securing the match ball deep in the second half when
his 25-yard free-kick was tipped over by Larrieu.
Cathcart did pull one back for Plymouth 12 minutes before the end with a
header from Craig Noone's cross while Norris' return to Home Park was soured
as he was dismissed on the stroke of full time for a second bookable offence.