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Watford beat Plymouth Argyle in Under-21 Premier League Cup to set up trip to Swansea City
5:19pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Latest Sport
Watford will travel to Swansea City in the next round of the Under-21 Premier League Cup after this afternoon's 2-0 win at Plymouth Argyle.
Nyron Nosworthy was named as the Hornets' only over-aged player as the Jamaica international made his first appearance following the ruptured ankle injury which has kept him out for seven months.
Yesterday Swansea beat Millwall 4-2 on penalties following their 1-1 draw to progress to the third round, which is when the EPPP Category 1 clubs such as Chelsea and Arsenal join the tournament.
The Hornets believed they should have been given a penalty early into the match when captain Connor Smith was brought down following a cutback by George Byers. Referee Steven Annis said play on.
Watford took the lead in the seventh minute against Plymouth as a quick break released Bernard Mensah on the left and he crossed for Ryan Hope to score in the bottom corner.
Plymouth went close on a couple of occasions and could have equalised had Daniel Wilks not tipped Luke Young's long-range effort on to the post.
A dangerous cross from Mahlondo Martin was almost headed in by Mensah and there was a goal mouth scramble in the Plymouth box after pressure from Nosworthy on goalkeeper Jake Cole.
The Watford goalkeeper ensured the visitors went into half time level when Jazzi Barnum-Bobb brought down Tyler Harvey in the box and, three minutes before the break, Wilks saved excellently to his right from Harvey's penalty and Nosworthy cleared.
Smith jinked inside the box and shot wide early into the second period after he had been slipped in by Mensah.
It was more build up play from Mensah which led to the Golden Boys' second goal as Alex Jakubiak, who had missed a chance not long before, slotted his shot under the crossbar when one-on-one with Cole.
Argyle pressed for a way back into the game but created few clear-cut chances.
Wilks did need to save again in injury time to deny Young's dipping shot from distance and keep a clean sheet.
Plymouth: Cole, Purrington, Blackman, Richards, Young, Vassell, Hervey, Bencherie, Blizzard, Hall (Wheatley, HT), Sakyi (Hughes, 70).
Subs not used: Hannah, Summers, Hutchinson.
Watford: Wilks; O'Nien, Nosworthy (Young, 60), Doherty; Barnum-Bobb, Hope, Byers, Smith, Martin; Jakubiak (Obi, 90), Mensah (Bawling, 83).
Subs not used: Kyprianou, Cumberbatch.
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