Monday, December 11, 2006

Vase heartbreak for rebel Reds


By Liam Chronnell

NINE-MAN FC United crashed out of the FA Vase after conceding a last-minute extra-time winner against Leicestershire side Quorn at Gigg Lane.

Liam Coyne and Josh Howard were both sent off as the rebel Reds played the majority of the second half and the extra period with two men down in the third round clash.

Rory Patterson's 14th-minute equaliser had cancelled out Paul White's opener and substitute Phil Power looked like he had sent the Division One leaders into the next round of the national competition when he struck with just four minutes left.

But Jermaine Gordon sent the tie into extra-time when he levelled matters for the Midland Alliance outfit two minutes later.

And sub Nigel Julien shattered FC's hopes of reaching Wembley when he grabbed the winner with virtually the last kick of the game.

In the league, Atherton Collieries were guilty of throwing away the points after drawing 3-3 at Abbey Hey.

Colls led 2-0 and 3-1 before two goals in the last 12 minutes earned the home side a share of the spoils.

Seydou Bamba first goal for the club and Andy Harvie's strike saw Phil Brown's side go two up inside 31 minutes.

Abbey Hey pulled one back but Harvie's second on 70 minutes looked to have earned the visitors all three points.

But the hosts hit back eight minutes later and grabbed an 85th-minute equaliser to send Colls home disappointed.

Atherton LR's clash at Trafford and Daisy Hill's game at Norton United in Division Two were both victims of the weather as their games were postponed due to waterlogged pitches.