Friday, November 05, 2010

Rochdale 2 - 3 FC United of Manchester

Source: ESPN

Last-gasp glory for FC United

Scoring Summary
Rochdale FC United of Manchester
Anthony Elding (53)Nicky Platt (42)
Craig Dawson (78)Jake Cotterill (49)
Michael Norton (90)
Match Stats

Rochdale FC United of Manchester
Shots (on Goal) 14(4) 10(4)
Fouls 4 11
Corner Kicks 4 6
Offsides 5 4
Time of Possession 48% 52%
Yellow Cards 2 1
Red Cards 0 0
Saves 6 5
Match Information
Stadium: Spotland Stadium, England
Attendance: 7,048
Match Time: 19:45 GMT
Referee: G Eltringham
Rochdale FC United of Manchester
Josh Lillis1 Sam Ashton
Scott Wiseman5 Karl Munroe
Marcus Holness2 Kyle Jacobs
Joe Widdowson6 Scott McManus
26 Craig Dawson3 Richard Battersby
Brian Barry-Murphy4 Nicky Platt
Gary Jones8 Jake Cotterill
Jason Kennedy10 Jerome Wright
29 Nicky Adams7 Carlos Roca
Anthony Elding9 Michael Norton
19 Chris O'Grady11 Ben Deegan
21 Matthew EdwardsZac Hibbert 13
28 Matthew FlynnMartin Parker 17
18 Josh ThompsonMark Ayres 18
11 Matt DoneJames Holden 12
15 Joe ThompsonChris Ovington 16
14 Jean-Louis Akpa AkproGlynn Hurst 15
35 Reece GraySimon Carden 14
Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro for Nicky Adams (56)Chris Ovington for Carlos Roca (74)
Simon Carden for Ben Deegan (85)
James Holden for Richard Battersby (87)
Yellow Cards
Josh Lillis (90)Ben Deegan (61)
Marcus Holness (90)
· Club Squads: Rochdale | FC United of Manchester
Updated: November 5, 2010, 7:00 AM GMT
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The non-league side, set up in protest against Malcolm Glazer's takeover of Manchester United, looked to be heading towards a replay after they threw away a two-goal lead at Rochdale. But a calamitous late error from 'keeper Josh Lillis, which allowed striker Michael Norton to pounce, means that FC United are now just one game away from a potential clash against the Red Devils in the third round.With five tiers of English football between the two teams, the game threatened to be a mismatch - but FC United, despite a shaky start, acquitted themselves admirably throughout a closely-fought first half. Although they rode their luck at times - with Anthony Elding missing two great chances for Rochdale - it was no great surprise when they took the lead three minutes before the break. Nicky Platt produced a composed finish to flick the ball over onrushing 'keeper Josh Lillis, who went to ground far too early.The Evo-Stik League side doubled their lead in the early stages of the second half when Jake Cotterill - a Rochdale trainee until the age of 16 - sent a thundering strike into the roof of the net from 18 yards.A 2-0 lead was the stuff of fairytale for FC United - but they were soon brought back down to earth when Elding atoned for his earlier misses by halving the deficit.That goal sapped some of the energy from the tiring FC United legs, and Rochdale seized control of the match heading into the final 20 minutes. A heroic block on the line from Richard Battersby prevented Chris O'Grady's goalbound effort bringing the sides level, before prolific defender Craig Dawson's header pulled the sides level.With the game seemingly heading relentlessly towards a replay, Norton stole the ball from Lillis' grasp in the 94th minute before rolling it into the empty net, sending the away fans into raptures.