Gateshead undeservedly knocked out of FA Cup by Oldham Athletic

Gateshead v Oldham

Emirates FA Cup 1st Round

Gateshead 1-2 Oldham Athletic

Agnew 53       Morais 28 Smith 77

Oldham Athletic knocked Gateshead out of the FA Cup with a 2-1 victory which some would argue they didn’t deserve.

Filipe Morais put the visitors in front against the run of play before Liam Agnew equalised for Gateshead early in the second half.

Jonny Smith later restored Oldham’s lead and they held on for the win.

Heed manager Mike Williamson made two changes to the side that beat Curzon Ashton in midweek with Josh Kayode and Liam Agnew coming in in place of Jordan Preston and Connor Oliver.

The game lacked clear cut chances early on, and it wasn’t until the 27th minute when Gateshead came close. Greg Olley’s strike following a free kick was saved by Zeus de la Paz.

Moments later, the visitors went in front when the hosts failed to deal with a long throw and Morais was on hand to head home at the far post.

Early in the second half, Oldham almost doubled their lead when Chris McCann’s powerful effort on the edge of the box was saved by Gateshead ‘keeper Brad James.

However, the Heed equalised two minutes later when Agnew fired the ball into the bottom left corner from long range.

The hosts came very close to taking the lead when Olley’s header from a corner was parried out shortly before Scott Barrow’s powerful strike brought an outstanding diving save to the right from the ‘keeper.

Barrow came close again three minutes later but his well-drilled shot went just wide of the mark.

Oldham regained their lead in the 77th minute when Smith was on the receiving end of a good ball and he curled the ball round the keeper into the bottom-left corner.

Gateshead piled on the pressure towards the end but League 2 side Oldham held on for the win.

Oldham will find out their next FA Cup opponents tomorrow evening.

Gateshead: James, Nicholson, Lees, Nelson, Barrow (capt), Deverdics, Agnew (Preston 83), Tear, Olley, O’Donnell, Kayode.

Subs not used: Guthrie (GK), Blackett, Forbes, Oliver.

Oldham Athletic: de la Paz, Hamer, Egert (Mills 76), Stott, Iacovitti, McCann (capt), Missilou (Maouche 12), Eagles (Sylla 60), Morais, Smith, Wilson.

Booked: Egert, Iacovitti, McCann.

Subs not used: Woods, Fage, Adams, Emmerson.

Attendance: 2,199 (772 away)

Morecambe earn morale-boosting FA Cup win


Emirates FA Cup 1st Round

Morecambe 3-0 Hartlepool United

Ellison 4 Fleming 67 Loach 85 og

Morecambe booked their place in the second round of the FA Cup today with an outstanding win over non-league side Hartlepool United at the Globe Arena.

Kevin Ellison took the lead for the Shrimps early on, before Andy Fleming doubled their lead in the 67th minute.

A Scott Loach own-goal in the 85th minute put the result beyond doubt for Jim Bentley’s men.

Ahead of the game, Morecambe had only ever beaten Hartlepool – who were relegated from League 2 last season – once in their history.

The Shrimps had a lively start, looking really up for the game.

Adam McGurk came close just 24 seconds in, with a powerful effort forcing a brilliant save from Scott Loach.

Just four minutes later, Morecambe took the lead through Kevin Ellison.

The 38-year-old put the ball past Loach into the bottom-left corner coolly after Aaron Wildig’s shot was blocked.

Chances were few and far between for the rest of the half, with the only real chance coming when McGurk headed over on the end of a great ball from Aaron McGowan in the 32nd minute.

Hartlepool looked much more lively in the second half, and came incredibly close in the 62nd minute when Rhys Oates put in a great ball to Jonathan Franks but his effort was tipped over brilliantly by Barry Roche.

Morecambe doubled their lead against the run of play six minutes later, when Andy Fleming made a brilliant run on the counter-attack and placed the ball through Loach’s legs.

The result was put beyond doubt when in the 85th minute when substitute Adam Campbell’s effort for the hosts hit the post and the ball bounced off keeper Scott Loach’s back into the goal to put Jim Bentley’s side into the hat for the second round.

Next up for the Shrimps is Leicester City U21s in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Muller, Old, Brough, Fleming, Kenyon (c), Thompson (Rose 87), Wildig (Campbell 70), Ellison, McGurk (Oliver 65).

Subs not used: Nizic, Conlan, Lavelle, Osborne.

Hartlepool United: Loach, Richardson, Donnelly, Laing, Adams, Featherstone, George (Munns 75), Woods (Rodney 60), Deverdics, Franks, Oates.

Booked: Donnelly and Featherstone.

Subs not used: Harrison, Catterick, Hawkins, Newton, Simpson.

Attendance: 2,004