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Match Report

     

3.00pm Saturday 8th August 2015

Vanarama National League North

Whaddon Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 5NA


Gloucester City

1 - 0

FC United of Manchester

Onoruo 34 

Attendance: 1,451

Gloucester City 1

Onoruo 34

FC United of Manchester 0



Attendance: 1,451
Gloucester City
1 Jas Singh
2 Spencer Hamilton  
3 Billy Jones  
4 Matt Williams (capt)
5 Sam Avery  
6 Adam Connolly
7 Matt Liddiard
8 Conor Thompson  
9 Obi Onoruo
10 Harry White
11 Ross Staley

Subs.
12 Mike Symons (for 10, 82 mins)  
15 Joe Parker (for 9, 76 mins)
16 Lewis Hall (for 11, 59 mins)

FC United of Manchester
1 David Carnell
2 Liam Brownhill
3 Greg Daniels
4 Dave Birch
5 Nia Bayunu 
6 Luke Ashworth
7 Matthew Wolfenden
8 Rory Fallon
9 Tom Greaves 
10 Jerome Wright (capt)
11 Craig Lindfield

Subs.
12 Callum Byrne (for 4, 76 mins)
15 Cameron Murray (for 7, 76 mins)
16 Sean Cooke (for 3, 64 mins)



Match Report

FC United suffered a frustrating 1-0 defeat away to Gloucester City on the opening day of the season with a stoppage time Tom Greaves equaliser disallowed for offside.

The Reds showed no sign of nerves as they made their Vanarama Conference League North debut against the Tigers, who finished 14th last season. United proved they will not be overawed by the step up the league pyramid but they must adapt quickly to teams who sneak a lead and then seek to kill off the game.

Obi Anoruo’s goal moments before halftime was the difference between the two teams but it could have been worse for the Reds as goalkeeper Dave Carnell saved a penalty he had conceded.

The game was evenly matched throughout and United had a couple of chances to break the deadlock, both of which fell to Rory Fallon. The lively midfielder didn’t have his shooting boots on though as he fired one effort over the bar, before slicing a difficult volley wide.

The Reds would be left to rue those missed chances as Anoruo, who had already got in behind the defence once, did so again moments before the interval and this time he converted. The striker rifled a shot across the goal and into the far corner, giving Carnell no chance.

Into the second half and any hopes of a fightback were nearly dashed when Carnell upended Anoruo in the box. The referee awarded a penalty but Carnell was relieved to be given the opportunity to redeem himself. And that’s exactly what he did - saving Billy Jones’s spot kick by saving high to his right.

Spurred on by Carnell’s heroics United threw everything at the Tigers in the closing stages. The result was two goalmouth scrambles but the hosts survived.

Then, when it looked as if Gloucester would cling on, Greaves got the ball in the net in the 96th minute, seemingly to rescue a point. Jaz Singh made a mistake from a goal kick and the ball was played into Greaves who slotted home.

However, United’s celebrations were over within seconds as the goal was ruled out for offside, much to the disappointment of the 700 or so travelling Red Army.

Match Report

FC United suffered a frustrating 1-0 defeat away to Gloucester City on the opening day of the season with a stoppage time Tom Greaves equaliser disallowed for offside.

The Reds showed no sign of nerves as they made their Vanarama Conference League North debut against the Tigers, who finished 14th last season. United proved they will not be overawed by the step up the league pyramid but they must adapt quickly to teams who sneak a lead and then seek to kill off the game.

Obi Anoruo’s goal moments before halftime was the difference between the two teams but it could have been worse for the Reds as goalkeeper Dave Carnell saved a penalty he had conceded.

The game was evenly matched throughout and United had a couple of chances to break the deadlock, both of which fell to Rory Fallon. The lively midfielder didn’t have his shooting boots on though as he fired one effort over the bar, before slicing a difficult volley wide.

The Reds would be left to rue those missed chances as Anoruo, who had already got in behind the defence once, did so again moments before the interval and this time he converted. The striker rifled a shot across the goal and into the far corner, giving Carnell no chance.

Into the second half and any hopes of a fightback were nearly dashed when Carnell upended Anoruo in the box. The referee awarded a penalty but Carnell was relieved to be given the opportunity to redeem himself. And that’s exactly what he did - saving Billy Jones’s spot kick by saving high to his right.

Spurred on by Carnell’s heroics United threw everything at the Tigers in the closing stages. The result was two goalmouth scrambles but the hosts survived.

Then, when it looked as if Gloucester would cling on, Greaves got the ball in the net in the 96th minute, seemingly to rescue a point. Jaz Singh made a mistake from a goal kick and the ball was played into Greaves who slotted home.

However, United’s celebrations were over within seconds as the goal was ruled out for offside, much to the disappointment of the 700 or so travelling Red Army.