AFC Fylde win FA Trophy with narrow victory over Leyton Orient

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AFC Fylde 1-0 Leyton Orient

Rowe 60

AFC Fylde won the FA Trophy at Wembley with a narrow victory over Leyton Orient.

Danny Rowe’s second half goal separated the two sides.

AFC Fylde came into the game off the back of a defeat to Salford City last week in the National League Promotion Final, while Leyton Orient came into the game as National League champions.

It was a fairly even start to the game, and the first real opportunity fell for Fylde in the 18th minute when Nick Haughton fired into the side-netting.

Fylde came close again two minutes later when Alex Reid’s close-range effort was saved by Dean Brill.

Leyton Orient’s first real chance came in the 38th minute when Josh Koroma’s effort went just over the bar.

In the 43rd minute, the Coasters wasted a big chance when Danny Rowe squared it to Andrew Bond who fired over despite the open goal in front of him.

Five minutes into the second half, Orient came incredibly close when Jordan Maguire-Drew’s free kick hit the post.

The East London side had another incredibly close chance in the 57th minute when Marvin Ekpiteta headed against the post following a corner.

Fylde took the lead against the run of play three minutes later when Rowe’s free kick looped over the wall into the top-left corner.

Leyton Orient could’ve equalised in the 70th minute when Joe Widdowson’s effort hit the post before Maguire-Drew’s rebound was blocked by the offside Matt Harrold.

Seven minutes later, Justin Edinburgh’s side were left frustrated once again when Maguire-Drew fired wide following Jobi McAnuff’s cross.

Chances were few and far between after that, and Fylde held on for the win.

AFC Fylde: Lynch, Birch (Crawford 90+3), Tunnicliffe, Byrne (Brewitt 12), Francis-Angol, Croasdale, Haughton (Odusina 74), Philliskirk, Bond, Reid, Rowe.

Subs not used: Griffiths, Hardy, Crawford.

Leyton Orient: Brill, Turley (Maguire-Drew 45), Coulson, Ekpiteta, Happe (Harrold 68), Widdowson, McAnuff (Lee 78), Brophy, Clay, Koroma, Bonne.

Subs not used: Sargeant, Ling.

Attendance: 42,962


New York Red Bulls continue push for top spot with DC United victory

Major League Soccer

New York Red Bulls 1-0 DC United

Gamarra 56

New York Red Bulls moved within two points of Eastern Conference leaders Atlanta United with a narrow 1-0 victory over DC United in the MLS on Sunday night.

Alejandro Gamarra scored the only goal of the night in the second half.

It was DC United who started the better side however and they came incredibly close just nine minutes in when Wayne Rooney’s free kick was just kept out by Luis Robles to his left.

The Red Bulls hit back just two minutes later when Michael Murillo started a great run along the right before giving the ball to Daniel Royer in acres of space who smashed it over the crossbar.

DC came close once again in the 25th minute when Júnior Moreno’s effort was well saved by Robles before Oniel Fisher headed over from Yamil Asad’s cross in the follow up.

The game continued to be end to end, and in the 38th minute Derrick Etienne made a run which eventually brought about a brilliant save to the right from DC’s Bill Hamid following a great pass by Bradley Wright-Phillips to start the move.

The Red Bulls nearly took the lead on the brink of half time when Aaron Long headed just over on the end of Marc Rzatkowski’s free kick.

The hosts started the second half stronger and came very close in the 52nd minute when Gamarra’s close range effort was parried to the left by Hamid.

Gamarra then took the lead just four minutes later with a left-footed strike on the edge of the box reaching the bottom right corner.

DC came close to an equaliser in the 66th minute after Luciano Acosta and Rooney linked up well but Fisher’s shot was blocked and Rooney hit the ball over the bar.

Few chances followed but after the visitors made changes, substitute Ulises Segora put in a good ball towards fellow sub Darren Mattocks in the 81st minute but he could only put the ball wide.

The Red Bulls could’ve and should’ve put the game to bed in added time when Andreas Ivan made a great run and put in a great ball towards Bradley Wright-Phillips who slipped.

New York Red Bulls: Robles, Murillo, Parker, Long, Lawrence, Rzatkowski, Adams, Etienne (Muyl 71), Gamarra (Davis 85), Royer (Ivan 71), Wright-Phillips.

Booked: Gamarra and Wright-Phillips

Subs not used: Lade, Meara, Escobar, White

DC United: Hamid, Fisher, Opare, Birnbaum, Mora, Canouse, Moreno, Asad (Stieber 49), Acosta (Segora 80), Arriola, Rooney (Mattocks 80).

Booked: Stieber, Arriola, Segora

Subs not used: Brillant, Durkin, Andriuskevicius, Worra

Attendance: 22,324

Game to forget for Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew as they share points

Major League Soccer

Chicago Fire 1-1 Columbus Crew

Nikolic 67            Hansen 87

Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew shared the points in what was a disappointing advert for the MLS at Toyota Park on Thursday evening.

Chicago took the lead through Nemanja Nikolic midway through the second half before his goal was cancelled out by Niko Hansen moments from time.

Bottom club Chicago were looking to get back to winning ways following a 2-1 defeat to Montreal Impact last week, while Columbus were looking to cement fourth place in the East Section table.

The Crew started well and just two minutes in Justin Meram put in a good ball on the left but striker Gyasi Sardes couldn’t quite get on the end of it.

The hosts almost scored two minutes later when Djordje Mihailovic was through on goal only for his effort to go just past the keeper and the post.

Pedro Santos then came close for the visitors in the 26th minute when his shot on the edge of the box was pushed wide by Stefan Cleveland.

Ten minutes from half time, Crew came incredibly close yet again when Ricardo Clark’s header on the end of a corner was cleared off the line by Michael de Leeuw.

It wasn’t until the 62nd minute when the next chance came for the visitors. Artur’s effort went just wide following some poor defending from a corner.

However it was the hosts that took the lead five minutes later when Milton Valenzuela horrifically passed the ball back towards his keeper only for Nikolic to intercept the pass and and bury the ball in the bottom right corner.

Fire later had a penalty shout in the 75th minute when Raheem Edwards appeared to be brought down in the box but the ref gave a corner.

The visitors stomped up the pressure and ten minutes later, they came close when Hansen found himself one-on-one only for the keeper to stop the lob in its tracks.

The same player got an equaliser just moments later when he tapped home on the end of an excellent cross by Patrick Mullins.

Chicago nearly got a late winner through Brant Bonico in added time following substitute Aleksandar Katai’s great run on the left but his effort was saved well by the visiting keeper as the two sides shared the points.

Chicago Fire: Cleveland, Kappelhof, Schweinsteiger, Vincent, Hassler, McCarty (c), Bronico (Gordon 90+3), Edwards, Mihailovic (Adams 66), De Leeuw (Katai 60), Nikolic.

Booked: Schweinsteiger, De Leeuw, Katai

Subs not used: Conner, Johnsonz Dean, Sanchez

Columbus Crew: Steffen, Afful, Williams, Sauro (Mullins 81), Valenzuela, Clark (Higuain 57), Trapp (c), Santos, Artur, Meram (Hansen 57), Zardes.

Booked: Higuain

Subs not used: Mensah, Grella, Jimenez, Kempin.

Attendance: 8,551

DC United one step closer to MLS Play-Offs with New England Revolution victory

Major League Soccer

DC United 2-0 New England Revolution

Acosta 13

Stieber 89

DC United enhanced their play-off credentials with a 2-0 victory over New England Revolution in the MLS at Audi Field last night.

Luciano Acosta took the lead for DC early in the first half before substitute Zoltan Stieber put the game to bed in the dying moments.

A win for either side was crucial with both teams looking for a play off spot, and six points separated the two sides before the game.

It was the away side that had the first chance of the game just two minutes in as Teal Bunbury and Diego Fagúndez linked up well only for the latter’s underhit shot to cause no problems for keeper Joseph Mora.

United’s first chance came in an unusual fashion in the tenth minute when Michael Mancienne nearly put the ball in his own net after a free kick on the right from fellow Englishman Wayne Rooney and then Russell Canouse’s rebound was kept out by keeper Matt Turner.

The hosts had the lead just three minutes later when Paul Arriola beat Brandon Bye on the right and put the ball in to Acosta who fired home in the top left corner.

Acosta nearly had another goal in the 19th minute when his long range effort went through keeper Turner’s legs but it was cleared off the line by Luis Caicedo.

DC captain Rooney came close in the 27th minute when he was through on goal but his right-footed effort was curled wide.

Chances were few and far between for the rest of the first half and the first real chance in the second half fell to New England’s Fagúndez, whose shot from the right hand side went just wide in the 55th minute.

The visitors went down to ten men 17 minutes later when midfielder Scott Caldwell was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Rooney nearly put the game to bed in the 86th minute when he was through on goal but he lobbed the ball over the keeper and onto the top netting.

Instead it was Stieber settled the game for United. He made a great run down the right and fired the ball in the top left hand corner to secure a deserved win for the hosts.

DC United: Hamid, Fisher, Opare, Birnbaum, Mora, Canouse, Moreno, Arriola (Stieber 60), Acosta (Mattocks 87), Asad (Segura 81), Rooney (c)

Booked: Canouse

Unused subs: Ousted, Brillant, Durkin, Andriuskevicius

New England Revolution: Turner, Farrell (c), Dalamea, Mancienne, Bye (Wright 81), Agudelo (Zahibo 45), Caicedo, Caldwell, Penilla, Bunbury, Fagúndez

Booked: Agudelo, Caicedo, Caldwell

Sent off: Caldwell

Attendance: 20,198

Hamilton end Hibs unbeaten run with 3-1 victory

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Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

Hibernian 1-3 Hamilton Academical

Stokes 90+4    Bingham 52 pen,88  Longridge 69

Hamilton caused a shock at Easter Road today as they ended Hibernian’s unbeaten start to the season with a 3-1 win. Rakish Bingham opened the scoring for the visitors with a penalty before substitute Louis Longridge doubled their lead 15 minutes later. Bingham then got the winner in the 88th minute with a brilliant team goal, shortly before Anthony Stokes got a consolation for Neil Lennon’s side.

It was a scrappy start to the game, and this theme continued for much of the half. Lewis Stevenson had the first chance of the game for the home side 11 minutes in, getting the ball in space but his effort went over.

Ten minutes later Hibernian came close through Simon Murray, but his free header at the far post went wide of the mark.

The best chance of the half came in the 26th minute. Hibs midfielder Danny Swanson had a good effort at goal from around 25 yards out only for Hamilton keeper Gary Woods to make a good diving save to his left.

Hamilton grew into the game, and had a few chances before the break. Greg Docherty found himself in acres of space and his long range effort at goal brought about a brilliant diving save to the right from Ofir Marciano in the 31st minute.

In-form Hibernian striker Simon Murray found himself one-on-one with the Hamilton keeper three minutes later but couldn’t find the net shortly before Steven Whittaker and Anthony Stokes both had shots blocked.

Before the break Hamilton came close through Ali Crawford. The 26-year-old made a great run on the left-hand side and his shot was met by a great diving save to the right from Marciano.

Hamilton started the second half really well, with Dougie Imrie coming close just two minutes into the half. The winger’s effort was blocked on the end of a corner and went out for another corner.

Five minutes later, Martin Canning’s side were awarded a penalty after Darren McGregor brought a player down just inside the box. Rakish Bingham stepped up to take the penalty and buried it in the bottom-right corner past Marciano to take the lead.

McGregor looked to redeem himself in the 55th minute, but his header on the end of a corner went over the bar. Fellow defender Paul Hanlon tried his luck three minutes later but it didn’t trouble the keeper as he stopped the ball to the left.

Hamilton substitute Louis Longridge almost made an instant impact when coming on, but his shot was blocked in the 64th minute shortly before Darian MacKinnon’s shot saw the same fate.

Just five minutes later, Longridge did make an impact as he doubled his side’s lead. Paul Hanlon gifted the ball to the forward who was able to bury it past the Hibs keeper to the left very coolly.

Chances were few and far between in the next half an hour, and it wasn’t until the 88th minute that there was anything more to note. Hamilton extended their lead shortly before the death with a great team move involving a backheel and then a great ball to Bingham at the far post who put the ball past Marciano.

Greg Docherty almost made it four for the visitors in the third minute of added time only for his shot to be blocked by the keeper, and then Hibernian managed to get a consolation in the last minute of added time through Anthony Stokes. The former Celtic man found himself with the ball on the left-hand side and buried it in the bottom-right corner.

The result means that Hamilton have overtaken Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership table with Martin Canning’s side in 4th and Neil Lennon’s in 5th level on points.

Hibernian: Marciano, McGregor (c) (Slivka 63), Ambrose, Hanlon, Whittaker, McGeouch (Matulevicius 76), McGinn, Stevenson, Swanson (Barker 56), S Murray, Stokes.

Subs not used: Gray, Fontaine, Laidlaw, F Murray.

Hamilton Academical: Woods, Skondras, Tomas, Sarris, McMann, MacKinnon, Imrie, Docherty, Crawford (Redmond 80), Boyd (Longridge 62), Bingham (Gillespie 89).

Booked: Imrie and Redmond

Subs not used: Gogic, Templeton, Jamieson, Lyon.

Attendance: 16,633 (200 away)

Carlisle Snatch Victory From Sorry Morecambe

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Morecambe 1-2 Carlisle United

Ellison 27            Wyke 83 pen Asamoah 84

Carlisle came from behind to record an important victory against Morecambe today, boosting their League 2 Play-Off hopes.

Kevin Ellison opened the scoring for the Shrimps, and Morecambe looked as if they were heading for their first win since January 16th, but Carlisle scored two late goals within the space of two minutes through Charlie Wyke and Derek Asamoah to take the three points back to Cumbria.

Morecambe had a very bright start to the game, and should’ve taken the lead in the first five minutes when Paul Mullin’s attempted overhead kick hit the crossbar and then Ellison’s header from the rebound hit the post whilst the goal was wide open.

Ten minutes later Shaun Beeley made a great run forward, but his ball didn’t reach the Morecambe attack although it was looking promising.

Carlisle did have a spell in the first half where they could’ve taken the lead and Barry Roche was forced to make saves from Alex Gilliead and Michael Raynes in the 22nd and 25th minutes respectively.

Just minutes later however Morecambe managed to take the lead as Jamie Devitt’s pass found Kevin Ellison, who was one-on-one with the keeper, and he netted home six yards out.

In the 34th minute Ellison found himself in a promising position again on the left hand side but his shot went just wide of the goal.

Morecambe continued to push for a second goal shortly before the break, with Paul Mullin and Kevin Ellison both coming close for the hosts.

Three minutes into the second half, Ellison had yet another shot but it was saved by Dan Hanford.

Carlisle went on to have many spells of dominance in the second half and they were awarded two corners within the space of five minutes, both being well-worked corners. Alex McQueen found himself unmarked for the first of the two corners in the 57th minute, but his shot went sailing over the bar and out of the ground. The former Tottenham scholar got on the end of the second corner too with a more promising volley but it went just wide of the goal.

The chances soon dried up for Morecambe with their only chances of the half coming from Paul Mullin, who shot wide in the 58th minute, and Aaron Wildig coming close in the 65th minute.

Jim Bentley made two tactical substitutions in the 79th minute, and having only been on the pitch for three minutes Aaron McGowan brought down Charlie Wyke in the box and the referee had no hesitation but to point to the spot. Wyke converted the resultant penalty to draw level.

Just moments later Carlisle did very well on the counter attack and Charlie Wyke beat two Morecambe defenders before losing the ball, but then it fell to substitute Derek Asamoah whose shot into an open goal to put the Cumbrians in front.

In the remaining ten minutes of the game (including stoppage time) Keith Curle’s side made sure that Morecambe didn’t have any clear-cut chances, and they held on for the win.

The result puts Carlisle just three points off the play-off places, whilst Morecambe remain in 18th place ten points above the drop zone.

Morecambe: Roche, Edwards, Doyle, Goodall, Beeley (c), Kenyon, Wildig, Barkhuizen, Devitt (Molyneux 79), Ellison, Mullin (McGowan 79).

Subs not used: O’Hara, Bondswell, Bailey, Wilson

Booked: Edwards, Kenyon

Carlisle United: Hanford, McQueen (Asamoah 80), Raynes (c), Ellis, Gillesphey, Gilliead, Kennedy, Comley (Joyce 46), Hope (Hery 80), Wyke, Ibehre.

Subs not used: Brough, Rigg, Thompson, Bacon

Booked: Raynes

Attendance: 3070 (1454 away)






New Blog for 2016

In order to add to my portfolio, I am planning to start a blog based around sport for this year.

During the year I will be writing match reports on football and cricket games that I go to, and I may write some opinion pieces on matters that interest me within football and cricket.

I mainly go to Morecambe matches but during the 2015/16 season I have attended seven matches not involving Morecambe, and in the summer I follow Lancashire CCC at Old Trafford attending the T20s regularly on Friday nights, whilst also playing cricket for Westgate CC during the week and on Saturdays.

Unfortunately due to the poor weather, there weren’t many football games to go to in December but in January I should be going to quite a few fixtures because of rearranged games.

Tomorrow Morecambe aren’t in action so I am going to Goodison Park, one of the only grounds from the top four divisions that I haven’t been to, to see Everton versus Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Cup Third Round. I shall be writing a match report on that game, and it will be up on here on Saturday evening.