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Allen hat-trick downs Dominoes

With nine changes made to the side that beat Salford last Saturday, it was a chance for some of the fringe players in the squad to make their mark and Allen was one who was determined to do just that.

It took just 14 minutes for the youngster to open his account, coolly slotting home a perfect through ball from Rory Patterson. Allen’s second came just five minutes later and was the best of the three. He turned and fired a rocket of a strike into the top left-hand corner, leaving Dominoes keeper Chris Bell with no chance.

The onslaught continued from the Reds and if it wasn’t for Bell, United could have gone into the break with a bagful of goals. He denied Nicky Platt when he broke though into the box on 24 minutes and the Dominoes number one was made to work again five minutes before the break, as Rory Patterson tested his luck from 20 yards and he responded with a fine save to stop United from extending their lead.

The Reds picked up in the second half where they had left of in the first. It took Danny Allen just 10 minutes to complete his hat-trick, as he finished from just outside the box past the helpless Bell.

Just after the hour mark, United extended their lead to four, Stuart Rudd found himself free in the box and headed home from a Dave Swarbrick corner to add his name to the score sheet.

Just as Margy’s men looked as if their work was done for the afternoon, they turned the style on in the last 10 minutes. Hat-trick hero Allen earned his side a penalty on 81 minutes when he was dragged back in the box. The resulting penalty was converted coolly by Patterson.

A couple of minutes later, down the other end Stone Dominoes had their first and only notable chance of the game when Andy Matthew’s shot from 20 yards had Sam Ashton worried for the first time in the afternoon. Matthew’s shot hit the inside of the post but unfortunately for him the ball bounced straight back out.

Just to add to Dominoes’ misery, United finished the game with a flurry. Patterson’s shot with one minute to go travelled its way through a body of players in a crowded penalty area and found its way into the bottom right hand corner of the Dominoes goal. The shot from 12 yards may have taken a reflection along the way, but the Irishman was the first to claim the goal for his second of the afternoon.

United weren’t done yet. Just a minute later Rudd converted an inch perfect pass by Swarbrick to record United’s seventh and complete a very productive afternoon. The star of the show was undoubtedly Danny Allen, who has now given Margy something serious to think about after his excelling performance.

John Hill

Match information:

FC United
1 Sam Ashton
2 Mike Lomax
3 Gareth Ormes
4 William Ahern
5 Dave Brown
6 Liam Coyne
7 Gary Sampson
8 Nick Platt
9 Stuart Rudd
10 Danny Allen
11 Rory Patterson (capt)
12 Rhodri Giggs (for 7, 69 mins)
14 David Swarbrick (for 8, 50 mins)
15 David Chadwick (for 2, 54 mins)

Stone Dominoes
1 Chris Bell
2 Adam Edwards
3 Danny Young
4 Niall Maguire
5 Michael Byrne (Capt)
6 Matt Delargy
7 Wyrne Teague
8 Michael Mestards
9 Jamie Madden
10 James Sheldon
11 Andy Matthews
12 Ashley Flood (for 4, 62 mins )
14 Jordan White (for 2, 48 mins )
15 Adam Stonier (for 10, 48 mins)

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First Posted ~ 21:59 Sun 26 Nov 2006
News ID ~ 702
Last Updated ~ 17:34 Fri 11 Oct 2013