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Match Report

   

2.00pm Saturday 14th March 2015

Galaxy Lancashire League

Nicholls Football Centre, Ford Street, Ardwick, Manchester M12 6BA


FCUM Reserves

0 - 1

Curzon Ashton

 

Attendance: N/K

FCUM Reserves 0

Curzon Ashton 1



Attendance: N/K
Match Report

Curzon Ashton took a short trip along Ashton Old Road to Nicholls and returned with all three points. A ninth minute strike from Adam Bezzina was sufficient to secure a 1-0 victory. The strike came as the visitors were allowed to break down the right wing with across from beyond the FC back four to Bezzina.

FC United spent the rest of the game chasing an equaliser. On several occasions it seemed tantalisingly in reach without truly testing Jordan Latham in the visitors goal. Dean Hope had two efforts before the visitors scored, the second requiring a save. Jake Shawcross continued to provide a threat. A strong presence leading the line saw him create chances for Keenan Tuck and he himself got on the end of Scott Cheetham free kick. He wasn’t allowed freedom to run the line and was replaced by Connor Martin at half time suffering a back injury. Leo Magnone also came on, replacing Josh Smethurst. The effect was almost immediate as Magnone was quickly into a break down the left wing, unfortunately the shot off target reflected the team’s fortunes throughout the match.

In the first fifteen minutes of the second half the home side had five corners, Chris Hill had a shot saved and Hope and Martin saw efforts blocked by defenders. That said the visitors were not entirely without chances, playing largely on the counter attack, Brad McLaughlin went close as they broke the length of the pitch midway through the half. As the game drew to a close, two free kicks saw chances for them to extend the lead. One saw a free header go wide and Matty Crothers forced Ben Jupp to turn away a 40 yard effort that may just have crept in at the near post.

Hope had a shot saved, Tuck was inches short of being able to help a long clearance beyond Latham to create a chance for a tap in and a 40yard effort from Scott Cheetham in added time was agonisingly wide.

All in all it seemed to be a day where they were destined not to score, but in many ways such performances can give a young side more to think about than any comprehensive win. The challenge is to come up with the right answers when they go to AFC Fylde on the26th.

FC United of Manchester:

1. Ben Jupp
2. Charlie Doyle
3. Scott Cheetham
4. Ryan Saxon
5. Nathan Chorlton
6. Jacob Holt
7. Keenan Tuck
8. Dean Hope
9. Jake Shawcross
10. Chris Hill
11. Josh Smethurst

Substitutes
12. Leo Magnone (for 11, 45 mins)
14. Gideon Dosunmu
15. Jordan Rutter
16. Toby Wright (for 4, 56 mins)
17. Connor Martin (for 9, 45 mins)


Curzon Ashton:

1. Jordan Latham
2. Benito Lowe
3. Dominic Welsby
4. Josh Logan
5. Sam Cunliffe
6. Remero Coley
7. Danny Tavares
8. Matty Crothers
9. Adam Bezzina
10. Nathan Green
11. Yaya Embolo

Substitutes:
12. Jack Melville
14. Alex Green
15. Toby Fergusson
16. Brad McLaughlin

Match Report

Curzon Ashton took a short trip along Ashton Old Road to Nicholls and returned with all three points. A ninth minute strike from Adam Bezzina was sufficient to secure a 1-0 victory. The strike came as the visitors were allowed to break down the right wing with across from beyond the FC back four to Bezzina.

FC United spent the rest of the game chasing an equaliser. On several occasions it seemed tantalisingly in reach without truly testing Jordan Latham in the visitors goal. Dean Hope had two efforts before the visitors scored, the second requiring a save. Jake Shawcross continued to provide a threat. A strong presence leading the line saw him create chances for Keenan Tuck and he himself got on the end of Scott Cheetham free kick. He wasn’t allowed freedom to run the line and was replaced by Connor Martin at half time suffering a back injury. Leo Magnone also came on, replacing Josh Smethurst. The effect was almost immediate as Magnone was quickly into a break down the left wing, unfortunately the shot off target reflected the team’s fortunes throughout the match.

In the first fifteen minutes of the second half the home side had five corners, Chris Hill had a shot saved and Hope and Martin saw efforts blocked by defenders. That said the visitors were not entirely without chances, playing largely on the counter attack, Brad McLaughlin went close as they broke the length of the pitch midway through the half. As the game drew to a close, two free kicks saw chances for them to extend the lead. One saw a free header go wide and Matty Crothers forced Ben Jupp to turn away a 40 yard effort that may just have crept in at the near post.

Hope had a shot saved, Tuck was inches short of being able to help a long clearance beyond Latham to create a chance for a tap in and a 40yard effort from Scott Cheetham in added time was agonisingly wide.

All in all it seemed to be a day where they were destined not to score, but in many ways such performances can give a young side more to think about than any comprehensive win. The challenge is to come up with the right answers when they go to AFC Fylde on the26th.

FC United of Manchester:

1. Ben Jupp
2. Charlie Doyle
3. Scott Cheetham
4. Ryan Saxon
5. Nathan Chorlton
6. Jacob Holt
7. Keenan Tuck
8. Dean Hope
9. Jake Shawcross
10. Chris Hill
11. Josh Smethurst

Substitutes
12. Leo Magnone (for 11, 45 mins)
14. Gideon Dosunmu
15. Jordan Rutter
16. Toby Wright (for 4, 56 mins)
17. Connor Martin (for 9, 45 mins)


Curzon Ashton:

1. Jordan Latham
2. Benito Lowe
3. Dominic Welsby
4. Josh Logan
5. Sam Cunliffe
6. Remero Coley
7. Danny Tavares
8. Matty Crothers
9. Adam Bezzina
10. Nathan Green
11. Yaya Embolo

Substitutes:
12. Jack Melville
14. Alex Green
15. Toby Fergusson
16. Brad McLaughlin