Chorley Match Report - Cub Reporter
MATCH REPORT by Ryan Mcmenamin City Gain Confidence in Lancashire Derby Lancaster City 2 – 1 Chorley Evo-Stik League Presidents Cup Tuesday 21 / 09 / 2010
Lancaster put in a very convincing performance against a Chorley side that are top of the Evo-Stik Division One North. Although this cup-tie only included two of Chorley’s participants from the previous Saturday’s game, where they beat Chester FC 2-1, City will still be pleased with the performance ahead of the two league derbies within the next two months.
Two goals prior to half time, a cool finish from Jerome Watt and Alex Johnson’s brilliant header, sent The Dolly Blues through to the next round. Steve Burke replied in stoppage time but it was too little too late for The Magpies.
There were few shots on goal in the opening stages of the game, Chorley had the majority of possession in midfield but Lancaster’s back line stood firm, although Neil Marshall was robbed of the ball on numerous occasions.
The first chance fell to Steve Burke midway through the period when he nodded over six yards out from Stepien Jordan’s cross. At the other end Mike Rushton attempted to bend into the far corner with his left foot but Dean Porter saved with relative ease.
Nine minutes before the break good work on the right by Mike Rushton led to his cutback and a fantastic first touch and finish from Jerome Watt. Only five minutes later and City were two up via Alex Johnson’s second goal in as many games, a superb glancing header from again provider Rushton. Martin Fearon prevented the visitors pulling one back on the stroke of half time, getting down to stop Tom Walker’s low ball after he had caught Neil Marshall in possession. Farrell Kilbane sliced wide during injury time from inside the box.
Paul Jarvis had an opportunity to give the hosts a three-nil cushion almost immediately after the restart but he volleyed wide from the edge of the box, even though a miscommunication between ‘keeper Porter and Tom Walker had left the goal open.
Alex Johnson lobbed over the bar following Jarvis’ diagonal ball to send him through, nevertheless it was a difficult position, and Chorley substitute Andy Russell blazed over on the half volley from Burke’s knockdown.
Three chances (and a goal) came along in stoppage time, first Rob Henry did enough to put off Mark Houghton when he was through on goal, and then Paul Jarvis failed to get a shot away from Adam Farrell’s long throw. A free kick lumped into the Lancaster penalty area was headed down by Jonathan Smith, who was at City for half of last season, and Steve Burke struck into the top corner, but there was nothing else Chorley could do as it was effectively the last kick of the game.
Lancaster City: Martin Fearon, Rob Henry, Neil Marshall, Andrew Teague, Farrell Kilbane (Sam Nightingale, 52), Max Rothwell, Mike Rushton (Dominic Ward, 80), Adam Farrell, Alex Johnson, Jerome Watt (Rob Wilson, 62), Paul Jarvis.
Chorley: Dean Porter, Mark Ross, Tom Walker, Nick Meace, Jonathan Smith, Nathan Fairhurst, Tom Ince (Jack Dorney, 64), Jamie Vermiglio (Andy Russell, 49), Jordan Stepien (Mark Houghton, 64), Steve Burke, Shelton Payne.
City: Watt-36, Johnson- 41. Chorley: Burke- 90+2