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Reserves maintain record

Tony Cullen’s Reserve Team maintained its unbeaten record with another solid performance, this time against a strong Mossley XI at the Lilywhites’ picturesque Seel Park ground on Sunday afternoon.

After an evenly-matched start to the game in the warm sunshine, the Reds’ Elesio Tavares opened the scoring for the visitors in the 26th minute with a crisply taken shot, low to the keeper’s left, after being put through on goal courtesy of a pin-point pass by team-mate Vaste.

Eight minutes later, and Mossley drew level, Jordan Goodeve rounding ’keeper Dale Newbrooke and knocking the ball home.

Two minutes after that, and the Reserves were back in front when Mossley’s Martin Allison diverted a wicked right-wing cross from Reds’ Warren Collier past his own ‘keeper.

United went in 2-1 to the good at the interval. As in previous games, the Reds’ management team took the opportunity of making multiple changes to the FC United of Manchester Reserves line-up at half-time, but just like last week at Monton, it took some time for the Reds to settle down, and it was not really a surprise when Mossley drew level again. Paul Garvey bundling the ball home after great play on the right wing by Anthony Bingham.

After that, with no further scoring opportunities of note, the game fizzled out somewhat, both sides settling for the draw; but in the final analysis it would probably be Tony Cullen who would be the more pleased with the way his team performed, this against opposition competing some two levels higher than FC United in the non-league pyramid.

FC United man of the match: Liam Coyne - made his presence felt throughout the game.

Peter Moulds

Match information:


1. Lee Bracey
2. Andy Thackeray
3. Nicky Thompson
4. Joel Pilkington
5. Martin Allison
6. Danny White
7. Antony Bingham
8. Terry Bowker
9. Stevie Burke
10. Jordan Goodeve
11. Joe Shaw
12. Rob Edwards (4)
14. Melford Knight (8)
15. Paul Challinor (5)
16. Christian Cooke (3)
17. Paul Garvey (10)
18. Dale Whitehead (2)
19. Joeseph Traore (9)

Goals: Goodeve 34 mins, Garvey 56 mins.

FC United

First Half

1. Dale Newbrooke
2. Liam Foster
3. Ryan Stewart
4. Ben Mortimer (capt)
5. Liam Coyne
6. Lee Bushel
7. Warren Collier
8. Vaste
9. Elesio Tavares
10. Sange
11. Ilya Ovechin

Second Half

13. Dale Newbrooke
12. Adam Turner
14. Mick Sacks
15. Gareth Ormes (capt)
5. Liam Coyne
16. Neil Lancaster
17. Louis Scott
18. Mike O’Neill
19. Ilya Ovechin
20 Adie Orr
21. Ricardo Brandon

Goals: Tavares 26 mins, Allison (OG) 36 mins.

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First Posted ~ 14:56 Mon 24 Jul 2006
News ID ~ 374
Last Updated ~ 17:51 Fri 11 Oct 2013