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Leeds Dig Deep in Extra Time to Triumph Over Plymouth in FA Cup

After a goalless first leg, Leeds United finally edged past Plymouth Argyle 4-1 in a thrilling FA Cup fourth-round replay that stretched into extra time.

Both sides struggled in the wet and windy conditions initially, but Leeds soon found their rhythm with Mateo Joseph and Joel Piroe rattling the woodwork.

Plymouth responded with promising attacks of their own, keeping the game evenly poised.

The deadlock finally broke in the second half when Italian forward Wilfried Gnonto’s low shot squeezed past the Plymouth goalkeeper. 

However, their joy was short-lived as Brendon Galloway equalized soon after, forcing the game into extra time.

Leeds stepped up their intensity in the additional period, with substitute Crysencio Summerville quickly making his mark by finishing past the keeper.

He then turned provider for Georginio Rutter, who slotted home to extend their lead.

Plymouth’s resistance crumbled further when Ryan Hardie inadvertently headed the ball into his own net, sealing their fate and sending Leeds into the fifth round.

Leeds manager Daniel Farke praised his team’s spirit and perseverance, highlighting their dominance over the two legs despite creating numerous chances.

He expressed confidence in their ability to win the tie even if they fell behind, praising their attitude and deserving victory.

While disappointed with the scoreline, Plymouth manager Ian Foster acknowledged the quality and firepower Leeds brought in the later stages. 

Praising his players for their effort and showing moments of quality despite missing several key players due to injury.

Overall, it was a hard-fought victory for Leeds, who had to dig deep to overcome a determined Plymouth side.

They now await the winner of the replay between Chelsea and Aston Villa in the fifth round, where they will hope to continue their FA Cup journey.