CHORLEY 1-1 PRESTON NORTH END
Tuesday July 17th, 7.30pm
Jack Kirkland Trophy
THE Magpies kicked off their pre-season programme with a draw against local rivals Preston North End, meaning for the first time in its ten year history the Jack Kirkland Trophy will be shared in front of a healthy gate of 1,332.
Both Garry Flitcroft and his visiting counterpart Graham Westley used the fixture to have a look at their full squad with wholesale changes made at half time by both managers.
The game was played in good spirit, especially in the first half, with both sides looking to go forward.
Debutant keeper Andy Robertson was called into action to top over an early PNE effort, then minutes later Tom Ince fired a free-kick over the bar after Ashley Parillon was fouled on the edge of the box.
Lee Trundle, a teenage starlet the last time he graced Victory Park, forced Robertson to parry a fierce shot midway through the first half, the keeper then scrambling to secure the ball near his post.
Just before the half hour mark Adam Roscoe tried his luck from the edge of the box but his shot was charged down and fell to the feet of Trundle just inside his own half. The mercurial talent then rolled back the years as he sprinted forward, evading challenges from Andy Russell, then drew out the keeper before sliding the ball into the far corner to open the scoring.
Cairan Kilheeney headed a deep cross just beyond the goal angle then another debutant Simon Garner smashed a shot at goal that looked destined for the top corner until it took a deflection to send if high and wide.
With the break approaching the Magpies levelled the score through striker Kilheeney who finished off a superb team goal.
Parillon played the ball from midfield to Kilheeney’s feet on the edge of the area. The striker kept his composure to turn and release the third debutant Kieran Walmsley on the flank. The former Kendal player slid the ball to Chris Denham who turned his man in the box and squared to Kilheeney who then slid the ball under Jose Moreira in the PNE goal.
Following a batch of changes by both sides at the interval the intensity of the game dropped and 45 minutes of normal pre-season football/training ensued, with chances for both sides at a premium.
Jack Dorney, whose last appearance for the Magpies saw him seal promotion with the winning goal in the 2010/11 play-off final, picked up a yellow card for a challenge that would normally win him a round of applause from the stands, and other than this there were no incidents of note in the second period as the games drifted to a close.
Chorley: Andy Robertson, Kieran Walmsley, Tom Ince, Andy Teague, Andy Russell, Simon Garner, Adam Roscoe, Ashley Parillon, Ciaran Kilheeney, Chris Denham, John Cunliffe
Preston NE: Jose Moreira, Keith Keane, Scott Laird, Shane Cansdell-Sheriff, Nicky Wroe, Graham Cummings, Lee Trundle, Lee Holmes, Joel Byrom, John Mousinho, Jack King
Chorley: Russell Saunders, Kieran Walmsley, Simon Garner, Andy Teague, Andy Russell, Jamie Vermiglio, Tom Williams, Steve Flitcroft, Jack Dorney, Steve Foster, Matt Walwyn
Preston NE: Tony Warner, Paul Huntington, Nicky Wroe, Tiago Rosa, Chris Holroyd, David Buchanan, Jeffrey Manakana, Andy Proctor, Chris Beardsley, Bailey Wright, Will Hayhurst
Goals: Lee Trundle (27), CIARAN KILHEENEY (44)