Mansfield earn home replay against Championship side Cardiff

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Emirates FA Cup Third Round

Cardiff City 0-0 Mansfield Town

League 2 side Mansfield Town took third place Championship side Cardiff City to a replay in the third round of the FA Cup today.

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock made five changes to the side that lost to QPR on New Year’s Day while Mansfield boss Steve Evans named an unchanged side following a 3-1 win over Carlisle United on the same day.

It was an uneventful opening half hour to the game, with the first real chance coming in the 36th minute when Callum Paterson linked well with Kenneth Zohore, and the former’s effort was parried away by Mansfield keeper Conrad Logan.

Youngster Rhys Healey then came close for the hosts four minutes later forcing another good save from Logan, who punched the ball away.

Mansfield came close on the brink of half time when CJ Hamilton headed over on the end of a good Paul Anderson cross.

Early in the second half, Cardiff’s defence looked rather shaky and the visitors came close six minutes in when defender Joe Bennett gifted the ball to Alex MacDonald and his long range strike went just wide.

Evans’ side then came close again in the 60th minute when Lee Angol got the ball in space and his shot was blocked by Sean Morrison.

Cardiff’s best chance came moments later when Healey cut in from the left and his effort was cleared off the line by Malvind Benning.

Mansfield then came close in the 79th minute when Anderson cut in on the right and his shot was blocked by Jazz Richards.

Desperate not to take the game to a replay, Cardiff looked for a winner in the late stages and Lee Tomlin’s well driven shot in the 90th minute was well saved by Logan.

Four minutes into added time, Mansfield defender Krystian Pearce nearly headed the ball into his own net following a free kick, but Logan managed to keep it out.

The result means the two sides will meet again at the One Call Stadium on the week commencing 15 January.

Cardiff City: Murphy, Richards, Morrison (c) (Damour 75), Manga, J Bennett, Paterson, Halford, Tomlin, Healey (Hoilett 77), Mendez-Laing, Zohore (Pilkington 80).

Subs not used: Feeney, Etheridge (GK), Bogle and M Harris.

Mansfield Town: Logan, Anderson, Pearce, R Bennett, Benning, Potter, Mellis (Atkinson 90+2), MacDonald, Hamilton, Hemmings (Spencer 45), Angol (Sterling-James 75).

Subs not used: Digby, Olejnik (GK), White, Butcher.

Attendance: 6,378



Morecambe fall to late defeat at Mansfield


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Sky Bet League 2

Mansfield Town 2-1 Morecambe

Hemmings 8 Rose 88  Lang 50

A late goal from Danny Rose secured a win for Mansfield Town against a struggling Morecambe side in League 2.

The Stags took an early lead through Kane Hemmings before Callum Lang equalised five minutes into the second half.

Rose then got the winner against the run of play to take the three points for Steve Evans’ side.

Mansfield came into the game three points off the play-offs, but were without a league win since November 21.

Morecambe were lingering above the relegation zone ahead of a must-win game in which Lang made his first league start.

It was a lively start, with CJ Hamilton smashing the ball into the side netting four minutes in for the hosts.

Sam Lavelle then had a header from a corner cleared off the line for the visitors in the seventh minute, shortly before Hemmings caught the Morecambe defence red-handed and buried the ball in the bottom-left from long-range to take the lead.

Mansfield almost doubled their lead in the 26th minute when Steve Old gifted the ball to Calum Butcher but fortunately for Old, the midfielder could only shoot wide.

Chances were few and far between for much of the first half, but Zander Diamond came close for the hosts with a diving header on the end of a free kick just before half time.

The visitors started brightly in the second half, and equalised in the 50th minute when Wigan loanee Lang cut through from the right and buried the ball in the bottom-left corner.

Morecambe looked more likely to get a winner following the goal, and came close in the 61st minute when Michael Rose’s long range shot went just wide.

Jim Bentley’s side then had a golden opportunity five minutes later when Adam Campbell’s long range effort hit the post after great work from Steve Old on the left.

Against all odds, Mansfield got a late winner in the 88th minute through Danny Rose, who headed home on the end of a great ball from the right.

The five minutes of added time were eventful to say the least, and Morecambe almost got a late equaliser when keeper Roche’s header forced a great save from Logan to his right.

The result means Mansfield are now a point off the play-offs in ninth, while the Shrimps sit in 21st just two points above the drop zone ahead of a tough run in of games.

Mansfield Town: Logan, White, Diamond (c), Bennett, Benning, Digby (Atkinson 70), MacDonald, Hamilton, Butcher (Mellis 54), D Rose, Hemmings (Anderson 54).

Booked: White, Hamilton and D Rose.

Subs not used: Pearce, Angol, Olejnik and Spencer.

Morecambe: Roche, McGowan, Old, Muller, Lavelle, Conlan, Rose (c), Kenyon, Campbell (Thompson 81), Oliver (Ellison 73), Lang (McGurk 72).

Booked: Roche and Ellison

Subs not used: Nizic, Fleming, Lund, Osborne.

Attendance: 3,058 (63 away)


Shrimps slump to defeat against play-off hopefuls Mansfield

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Sky Bet League 2

Morecambe 1-3 Mansfield Town

Mullin 6              D Rose 4,33

Whiteman 39

Morecambe slumped to their sixth consecutive defeat, ensuring they didn’t pick up any points in March, with a 3-1 loss against Mansfield Town at the Globe Arena yesterday.

Mansfield started the game very well, and were straight out of the traps. Matt Green headed just over the bar on the end of a good cross three minutes in, shortly before Danny Rose put the Stags in front. The away side caught the Shrimps defence half-asleep, with a quick throw-in making its way towards the former Bury frontman – who buried the ball from close range with ease.

The away side’s lead only lasted two minutes however, as Paul Mullin equalised for the home side. Roche played a good long ball towards Mullin, who only had the last man to beat. He beat the defender, and slotted the ball past Mansfield keeper Kean.

Morecambe grew into the game gradually, and Aaron Wildig came close in the eighth minute with his shot deflecting off a defender and going out for a corner. Michael Rose then had a good attempt at goal with his curved shot going just over the bar in the 14th minute for the home side.

Mansfield later had a few chances, exposing Morecambe’s weak defence. Shaquile Coulthirst cut through the defence with ease from the left-hand side, shooting straight at Roche in the 17th minute and then five minutes later Alex MacDonald’s goal-bound free kick deflected off Matt Green and went wide.

Roughly ten minutes later, the away side were back in front. Roche played out a poor goal-kick along the floor to Michael Rose, who didn’t take full control of the ball, and as a result Danny Rose was able to capitalise on this for the away side with a good run and a shot beating Roche to his left despite the keeper getting a touch to the ball on its way in.

Morecambe came close five minutes later, after a good ball to Turner. He made a run before giving the ball to Fleming, who could only hit the ball over the bar.

Just moments later, Mansfield went up the other end and got a third goal. Peterborough loanee Shaquile Coulthirst was on the receiving end of a good ball, and he was able to play it to Benjamin Whiteman – who buried the ball pass Roche to extend the Stags’ lead. Steve Evans’ side led 3-1 at half time.

Morecambe began the second half with great attacking intent. Aaron Wildig found himself through on goal, forcing Kean to make a good diving save to his left just fifteen seconds in.

Five minutes later however, Mansfield came close to getting a fourth goal. Danny Rose got through on goal as Luke Conlan fell, but luckily for the home side Dean Winnard managed to track back and diminish the threat that Rose posed, meaning that he could only shoot straight at Roche in the end. Shaquile Coulthirst later came close for the away side on 54 minutes, with his shot parried away by Roche.

There was action at both ends, with Paul Mullin finding an opening for the Shrimps two minutes later. The striker found himself in a good position to shoot, but his effort with his weaker foot went well wide of the mark.

Morecambe were forced to defend again, with Whiteman’s shot being blocked by Winnard. Whitmore’s clearance came off Coulthirst and luckily for the Burnley loanee the ball went over in the 61st minute.

There was little action for much of the rest of the second half, but Coulthirst’s shot went just wide in the 87th minute.

Substitute Luke Jordan had a late attempt on goal blocked by the defence for Morecambe a minute from time.

It was yet another poor day at the office for the Shrimps, and as a result they now sit in 19th place in the League 2 table. They face Cheltenham Town away from home next week. Mansfield on the other hand remain in ninth position, and are now just a point off the play-offs. They face Exeter City at home in their next game.

Morecambe: Roche 5, Duckworth 6, Winnard 5 (c), Whitmore 6, Conlan 6 (Molyneux 75), Rose 5, Fleming 7 (Evans 68), Turner 6 (Jordan 65), Wildig 6, Ellison 5, Mullin 6.

Sub ratings: Evans 6, Jordan 6, Molyneux 6

Booked: Duckworth and Winnard

Subs not used: Wakefield, McGowan, Murphy, Maher (GK).

Mansfield Town: Kean 7, White 6, Bennett 7, Howkins 6, Benning 7, MacDonald 7 (Potter 86), Byrom 7, Whiteman 7, Green 6 (Baxendale 80), Coulthirst 6, Rose 8 (Arquin 76).

Sub ratings: Arquin 7, Baxendale n/a, Potter n/a

Booked: Benning and Rose.

Subs not used: Taft, Jensen (GK), Hamilton, McGuire.

Attendance: 1,497