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Aspatria FC
Workington AFC
M Graham (60')
Full time
A Wright (12'), G Arnison (21'), C Tinnion (70'), S Allison (82')
Tue 3 May 19:00 - Cup

May ends Reds career with some silverware

Workington lifted the Cumberland Cup for the twenty fifth time, but were made to work hard by a determined, well organised Aspatria side ...

... before getting their hands on the valuable piece of silverware.

Kyle May was made skipper for the night and lifted the trophy in what was his 511th, and final, game for Reds – a fitting end to a distinguished career.

It completed a notable double for manager, Derek Townsley, who won the trophy as a Reds player in 2007, yet he was quick to praise David Creighton’s side, who were worthy opponents and deserved their consolation goal.

Aspatria FC v. Workington AFC - Tue 3 May 2016
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“They stuck to their task and made life difficult for us, especially either side of half time, but we eventually crawled over the line and I’m pleased that our boys have some tangible reward after a long hard, season,” he said.

The 500 plus crowd was treated to some quality goals with the best a stunning Conor Tinnion effort which levered the tie back in Workington’s favour after a promising Aspatria purple patch.

Tinnion, with family links to Aspatria, was the game’s outstanding player and his goal capped a superb personal campaign.

The opening half hour had been a little too comfortable for Workington, who moved the ball about well without getting out of second gear. During that time, they established a two goal lead but became complacent and Aspatria finished the first half strongly and grew in stature for a period after the interval.

Anthony Wright had the first sight of goal but, his well struck twenty-yarder, was tipped over the bar by exciting goalkeeper prospect, Dan Swann.

Aspatria didn’t heed the warning because it was the same player who opened the scoring after twelve minutes. Wright eased past two defenders and sent the ball into Swann’s net with the minimum of fuss.

Reds doubled their lead nine minutes later, when a neat one-two between Matty Tymon and Gareth Arnison culminated in the latter cleverly lifting the ball over Swann for a deft finish.

Liam Studholme, given a starting place by Townsley for his loyalty over the season, almost made it three when he shot narrowly wide after an impressive ten pass build up. The senior side squandered four further opportunities – Arnison and Tymon both missed the target and Swann comfortably dealt with tame efforts from Josh Calvert and Tinnion.

Aspatria mounted their first attack after half an hour but it petered out when a blue shirt strayed offside. It injected some belief, though, and Darryl Creighton broke through soon after, cleverly dancing past two opponents only to miss the target by a distance.

The underdogs were first to threaten on the restart although Matthew Rudd and Sean Law were way off target with efforts from outside the box.

Tinnion’s first sortie into opposition territory in the second half saw him tripped, just inside the area by Malcolm Graham leaving referee, John Mulligan, with no option other than point to the spot. Arnison stepped up to take the penalty, but a well struck shot was superbly saved by Swann who is developing a phenomenal record of keeping out spot kicks.

Graham atoned for his penalty blunder by scoring Aspatria’s goal on the hour. May had conceded a free-kick, amidst some sloppy Reds’ defensive play on the edge of the area, and Law’s shot was fumbled by Jonny Jamieson before the alert Graham netted the loose ball.

But Aspatria couldn’t add to that goal which probably woke Reds from their slumbers.

Tinnion’s quick feet and close control took him away from two defenders and Swann was left helpless as the ball flashed past him, restoring Reds’ two goal advantage.

Tinnion then took the corner, from which Calvert saw a header hit the bar, but was then too ambitious with a thirty yard free kick which Swann saved comfortably.

Top scorer, Scott Allison, completed the scoring eight minutes from time when he cleverly passed the ball round Swann for a well taken goal, thus maintaining his record of netting in every round.

It was a brave effort from Aspatria, who just couldn’t match the quality of their higher-ranked opponents.

Aspatria: Swann, Rudd, Little (Prescott, 83), Graham, Irwin, Creighton, Law, Prior, Hudson, Iredale (Parnaby, 67), Jefferson (Messenger, 74). Substitutes – Laidlaw, Irving (not used).

Workington: Jamieson, Simpson, Smith, May, Calvert, Wright, Allison, Studholme (Newton, 67), Tymon (Wilson, 46), Arnison (McCartney, 61), Tinnion. Substitutes – Perry, Mitchell (not used).

Referee: John Mulligan, Carlisle

Attendance: 517

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Conor Tinnion

Player of the Match

Conor Tinnion

Key moments

Goal Anthony Wright scores for Workington AFC
Goal Gareth Arnison scores for Workington AFC
Goal Malcolm Graham scores for Aspatria FC
Goal Conor Tinnion scores for Workington AFC
Goal Scott Allison scores for Workington AFC

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90:00 Player of the Match
Conor Tinnion is awarded player of the match for Workington AFC
83:00 Sub On
Mike Prescott is substituted on for Aspatria FC
83:00 Sub Off
Jack Little is substituted off for Aspatria FC
82:00 Goal 1 - 4
Scott Allison scores for Workington AFC
82:00 Assist
Jake Simpson makes an assist for Workington AFC
74:00 Sub On
Gary Messenger is substituted on for Aspatria FC
74:00 Sub Off
Ben Jefferson is substituted off for Aspatria FC
70:00 Goal 1 - 3
Conor Tinnion scores for Workington AFC
67:00 Sub Off
Liam Studholme is substituted off for Workington AFC
67:00 Sub On
Michael Newton is substituted on for Workington AFC
67:00 Sub On
Jason Parnaby is substituted on for Aspatria FC
67:00 Sub Off
Wayne Iredale is substituted off for Aspatria FC
61:00 Sub Off
Gareth Arnison is substituted off for Workington AFC
61:00 Sub On
Rob McCartney is substituted on for Workington AFC
60:00 Assist
Sean Law makes an assist for Aspatria FC
60:00 Goal 1 - 2
Malcolm Graham scores for Aspatria FC
55:00 Saved Penalty
Daniel Swan saves a penalty for Aspatria FC
55:00 Missed Penalty
Gareth Arnison misses a penalty for Workington AFC
46:00 Sub On
Robert Wilson is substituted on for Workington AFC
46:00 Sub Off
Matty Tymon is substituted off for Workington AFC
End of period 1
21:00 Assist
Matty Tymon makes an assist for Workington AFC
21:00 Goal 0 - 2
Gareth Arnison scores for Workington AFC
12:00 Goal 0 - 1
Anthony Wright scores for Workington AFC
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Aspatria FC
  • Workington AFC
  • 0
  • Anthony Wright Goal 12:00'
  • Matty Tymon Assist 21:00'
  • Gareth Arnison Goal 21:00'
  • Matty Tymon Sub Off 46:00'
  • Robert Wilson Sub On 46:00'
  • Gareth Arnison Missed Penalty 55:00'
  • Daniel Swan Saved Penalty 55:00'
  • Malcolm Graham Goal 60:00'
  • Sean Law Assist 60:00'
  • Rob McCartney Sub On 61:00'
  • Gareth Arnison Sub Off 61:00'
  • Wayne Iredale Sub Off 67:00'
  • Jason Parnaby Sub On 67:00'
  • Michael Newton Sub On 67:00'
  • Liam Studholme Sub Off 67:00'
  • Conor Tinnion Goal 70:00'
  • Ben Jefferson Sub Off 74:00'
  • Gary Messenger Sub On 74:00'
  • Scott Allison Goal 82:00'
  • Jake Simpson Assist 82:00'
  • Jack Little Sub Off 83:00'
  • Mike Prescott Sub On 83:00'

Team selection

Jamieson, Jonny Jamieson, Jonny
Simpson, Jake Simpson, Jake
Smith, Sam Smith, Sam
Tymon, Matty Tymon, Matty
May, Kyle May, Kyle
Calvert, Joshua Calvert, Joshua
Wright, Anthony Wright, Anthony
Studholme, Liam Studholme, Liam
Arnison, Gareth Arnison, Gareth
Tinnion, Conor Tinnion, Conor
Allison, Scott Allison, Scott
Aspatria FC
  • 1. Daniel Swan
  • 2. Matthew Rudd
  • 3. Jack Little
  • 4. Malcolm Graham
  • 5. Mark Irwin
  • 6. Darryl Creighton
  • 7. Sean Law
  • 8. Matt Prior
  • 9. Richard Hudson
  • 10. Wayne Iredale
  • 11. Ben Jefferson
  • 12. Gary Messenger
  • 14. Marc Laidlaw
  • 15. Mark Irving
  • 16. Mike Prescott
  • 17. Jason Parnaby


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