RUNCORN TOWN 3
FA Vase 1st Round, 18th September 2010 . Attendance: 56.
Runcorn Town marked their debut in the FA Carlsberg Vase by recording their first ever victory with a 3-1 victory at KoolSport Northern Counties East Premier League side Parkgate.
Manager Simon Burton named a much changed lineup with Tom Davies having left to attend University and Darren Kinsey, Mark Toohey and Mark McGrath all unavailable. Ste Latham and Warren Bellew were in unfamiliar full back positions with Kyle Hamid coming in for his first start of the season and Dave Roberts playing on the left hand side.
Town took the game to their hosts from the start with Emini Adegbenro winning a corner in the opening minute from which Danny Dalton headed just over. The home side took a while to come into the game and come closest with a free kick after 15 minutes which struck the wall, while at the other end Mini went close when he broke through from midfield and shot wide from the edge of the box.
The opening goal came after 22 minutes when Mini's cross from the right found James McShane in the box, with Parkgate's keeper wrestling him to the ground to concede a penalty. McShane himself got up to take it and found the top right hand corner to become Town's first ever goalscorer in the Vase.
It could have been two a few minutes later with Dave Roberts shooting over from the edge of the box after another Mini cross, but the home side stunned Town with an equaliser after 31 minutes. A free kick from the right hand side was whipped in, with Matt Griffin volleying in from close range.
Town took a while to recover but almost went in at the break ahead when Jason Carey got away down the right hand side and hit a low cross between the keeper and defence which McShane could not stretch to connect with.
The second half saw Town come out and continue to press, and they got their reward seven minutes into the half as they went ahead for the second time. Kyle Hamid swung in a corner from the left hand side with Jason Carey heading at the near post.
Parkgate pressed up after Carey's goal in search of the equaliser, but could not find a way past a resolute defence. This in turn created a lot more space for Town with MOM Marvin Molyneux and Hamid beginning to run the game from midfield.
Both McShane and Carey again went close before Carey drilled another low cross from the right which McShane failed to connect with by inches. Molyneux also went close with a drilled free kick from the edge of the box which forced an excellent save from the home keeper.
Town's third goal came after 71 minutes from another corner by Hamid. This time Parkgate failed to clear with Carey eventually bundling the ball goalwards with the linesman ruling it had crossed the line.
Parkgate almost pulled one back with 12 minutes remaining when Glyn Cotton headed a cross from the right which Karl Wills turned around the post with an excellent full length save. At the other end McShane should have added his second from another Hamid corner, but his shot on the turn went over the bar.
The last action of the game almost led to a consolation goal for Parkgate, with Griffin heading just wide of the right hand post when well placed.
Town now travel to Vodkat Premier League side Atherton LR in the First Round Proper in two weeks time.
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