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Replay Required in FA Vase

Valerie Park will host the rematch this coming Thursday between AFC Liverpool and AFC Darwen after the two sides couldn’t be separated in one hundred and twenty minutes of play. Stephen Edwards and Shaun Chart scored for the Reds as twice they had to come from behind.

AFC Liverpool were caught napping from the kick off once again, going behind after just two minutes. Karl Turner found Ben Langford inside the area, and after Mark Brown had collided with Joshua Molloy, he had a simple finish.

The home side could have, and perhaps should have, doubled their lead just a minute later when Lee Turner met Karl Turner’s corner unchallenged but fortunately for the Reds he didn’t direct his header on target.

Having finally woken up, AFC Liverpool slowly came back into the match and only a well timed last ditch tackle from Matthew Taylor prevented Edwards from getting in with a clear cut opportunity. Then a Chart cross went through the hands of Adam Chester but there wasn’t any one in a red shirt behind to take advantage. Steven Williams fired a twenty five yard free kick that flew past the upright and Chart tried to curl one in from the edge of the area but it lacked power and consequently was a simple take for Chester.

Just as the first half was winding down, the Reds got themselves back on level terms before handing the lead once again to the home side. Steve Corris delivered a free kick into the area which wasn’t dealt with by the Darwen defence and Jack Sinnott laid the ball off to Edwards who smashed home from six yards.

Individual errors have cost the Reds numerous times this season and they did so once again less than a minute later. Molloy tried to prevent a corner but fumbled the ball and Stephen Lee was on hand to take possession, squaring for Karl Turner to restore the home side’s lead.

Aside from a tame strike from an acute angle by Lee a couple of minutes after the re-start, the second half belonged to AFC Liverpool.

Francis Barry came on, replacing Sean Richards, and added another dimension to the Reds’ attack and he was unlucky not to claim his first of the season two minutes after joining the action as his shot came back off the inside of the post.

The scores were finally levelled on eighty four minutes when Chart, collecting Corris’ cross eight yards, twisted and turned, seemingly with nowhere to go, before poking the ball through the legs of Taylor and into the corner of the net.

From then on, the home side struggled to get out of their own half, and though the Reds dominated, they couldn’t find the clear cut chance to win the match. Chart’s drive from the edge of the area was always curling away from the far post and then his free kick from the left edge of the area crashed into the side netting.

So it was for the second time in a week that the Reds had to play extra time and just a minute into the first period Williams almost gave the visitors the advantage. From a short corner, he drove along the byline and fired goalwards, forcing Chester into a save he didn’t know to much about.

Understandably, the Reds tired and AFC Darwen were able to carve out one or two chances. Ben Stanford had a claim for a penalty ignored as he went down from a Corris challenge after he should have done better when collecting Chester’s long kick down field and Karl Turner drove in a free kick to the near post that Molloy had to deal with.

Early into the final fifteen minutes, Barry’s cross was just too far in front of the diving Chart and Shaun Harris follow up was blocked but it was the home side who finished the stronger. Taylor headed over from a corner and then Ryan Steele fired into the side netting when he should have at the least found the target, which left the two sides requiring a replay.

AFC Darwen 2-2 AFC Liverpool
Langford 2′                   Edwards 44′
K Turner 45′                 Chart 84′

Attendance: 90

AFC Liverpool: 1.Joshua Molloy 2.Steven Corris (C) 3.Darren Torpey 4.Mark Brown 5.Anthony Brown 6.James Foley 7.Sean Richards (12.Francis Barry 57′) 8.Steven Williams 9.Stephen Edwards (16.Craig Williams 71′) 10.Jack Sinnott (14.Shaun Harris 87′) 11.Shaun Chart.
Unused Subs: 15.Callum Tai-Hogan GK.Paul Moore
AFC Darwen: 1.Adam Chester 2.Anthony Hodges 3.Anthony Harkness 4.Timothy Drugan 5.Matthew Taylor 6.Daniel Banks 7.Bobby Langford (16.Daniel Fradd 112′) 8.John Leeming (C) 9.Stephen Lee 10.Lee Turner (15.Ryan Steele 78′) 11.Karl Turner (14.Ben Stanford 82′)
Unused Sub: 12.Gary Brown

Photo courtesy of Dave Williams


Posted by:  afclpapakuz         Date:  September 24, 2011         Popularity:  468 views

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