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Hoey penalty earns AFC Totton victory over Southern League South newcomers Plymouth Parkway

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AFC Totton 1
Plymouth Parkway 0

A WELL-TAKEN first-half penalty from AFC Totton's Jack Hoey was enough to clinch a narrow 1-0 victory over league new boys Plymouth Parkway at the Snows Stadium in Totton.

Plymouth Parkway, one of the league favourites this season, were strong, well-drilled and determined but failed to capitalise in a few critical moments as determined Stags' defending preserved a first-half lead.

The hosts held a minute's silence before kick-off to remember those affected by the tragic mass shooting in Plymouth. The 335 fans in attendance honoured the moment commendably.

Totton's Sam Griffin battles with Plymouth's Harrison Davis (photo: Les Chase)
Totton's Sam Griffin battles with Plymouth's Harrison Davis (photo: Les Chase)

Totton started the match at a frenetic pace, creating many early chances, including an Adam Tomasso header that went agonisingly wide. However, the best chance fell to Jordan Ngalo, who clattered Kyle Moore's post with a sharp half-volley.

Parkway came back into the game, and could have taken the lead but Thomas Bath's header flew over the crossbar.

After Hoey had a strong penalty claim turned away, Totton won a spot-kick when Moore brought down Hisham Kasimu after flying out of his goal. Hoey coolly slotted it beyond the keeper, low to the left, to give the Stags a half-time lead.

Plymouth started the second period the stronger side, forcing Lewis Noice into a bold save before Jordan Ngalo was booked for an accumulation of fouls.

Soon after, Plymouth's Aaron Bentley received a yellow for a cynical handball, stopping Ben Griffin from progressing into the box before the away side had a goal disallowed for a push.

AFC Totton: L. Noice, C. Baughan, S. Zubar, H. Medway, B. Jefford, A. Tomasso, J. Ngalo, J. Hoey, E. Taylor, H. Kasimu, S. Griffin. Subs used: C. Feeney, B. Williams, F. Read. Subs: A. Olumuyiwa, L. Waterfield.

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