Last Gasp Cup Win For Blues

Wed 27th March 2013 | Winsford United
By Ian Templeman

Winsford United clinched a place in the Mid-Cheshire Cup Final after a last gasp win against Witton Albion at Wincham Park last night.

After Charlie Weir put the Blues ahead in the 12th minute, Witton’s Mike Moseley equalised with seven minutes remaining, but as the game moved into stoppage time substitute Dougie Carroll fired home to give the Blues a 2-1 win.

Winsford now meet Northwich Victoria in the final, which will be played at the Barton Stadium on Thursday April 25th.

The visitors began much the brighter with Callam Gardner’s free kick being saved at the foot of the post and Kyle McGonigle’s header proving easy for goalkeeper Stuart Plant.

Charlie Weir was causing all sorts of problems to the Witton defence and it was no surprise it was the busy striker who gave Winsford a 12th minute lead.

Gardner’s cross from the left was met by Weir and although his first shot smashed against the post he was the first to react and his second effort sailed high into the net.

The Blues continued to press, James Blair shooting wide, Brian Matthews miskicking with the goal gaping wide in front of him and Andy Keogh’s lob sailing inches over the bar. Weir and Keogh linked well on 38 minutes but the latter’s shot was easily saved by Plant in the Witton goal.

One minute later saw the first serious effort by Witton, Josh Glover’s shot from a narrow angle being deflected over the bar by Matthews.

Keogh was proving to be a great creator as he made chances for Weir, Gardner and Matthews, all of which should have extended the Blues lead before the break.

There was a massive blow for Winsford three minutes into the second period when the dangerous Weir went down with what looked like a recurrence of his hamstring problem and had to be replaced by 18-year-old Dougie Carroll.

Witton had obviously been given a wake-up call at half time and they came into the game much more with the visitors giving away a string of free kicks.

However, Lois Maynard and Charlie Anderson were excellent at the centre of defence; Maynard making a great block on a goal bound shot from Shaun Tuck. There was a lucky escape for Winsford on 61 minutes when ex-Blue Josh Hancock saw his 25-yard free kick rattle the bar before being cleared.

The closing stages saw misses by both sides with Gardner creating an opening and then shooting over the bar and Tuck finding the side netting.

It looked as though Winsford might rue their missed chances when veteran Mike Moseley equalised for Witton on 83 minutes, a long ball from the left finding him unmarked at the far post and he headed home.

There were more missed chances for Winsford as they took control in the closing minutes but then they got the break they deserved. Phil Drummond overlapped down the left and although his first attempt at a cross was blocked he quick recovered to send the ball skidding to the far post where Carroll was waiting to slide it home.

Winsford United Secretary Bob Astles said: “Although it took a goal in the 92nd minute to clinch it, we were the better side and if we had taken half our chances it would have been a much more comfortable victory”.

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