Chorley claimed their 16th Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy with a 3-0 victory over Clitheroe at Bolton’s Macron Stadium writes Elliott Walsh.
With the side wearing pink to raise awareness for World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st the Magpies began the game very brightly. An early corner taken by Jack Lynch was converted by returning captain Andy Teague after just five minutes.
The early domination of the game saw Dean win a penalty ten minutes later. He rounded goalkeeper Hibbert. A penalty was awarded and Hibbert saw yellow. Dean stepped up to take the penalty himself and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way.
Chorley were a threat from set pieces all night, and nearly made it three through Teague again. His header was into the ground and it clipped the crossbar on its way over.
Clitheroe fought to try and remain competitive in the tie, and could have equalised but for some stunning defending from Teague and goalkeeping by Grundy, who kept Jack Lynch’s cousin David out not once but twice.
And having gone so close to pulling themselves back, Clitheroe fell three behind. Chris Almond latched onto a ball played forward, and he chipped a bouncing ball over the onrushing Hibbert to all but seal the game by half time.
Sefton Gonzales did his best to add a Clitheroe goal, but he was the width of a post away, having beaten Grundy with his low drive.
The second half was a more subdued affair. Clitheroe posed more of a threat, with Aaron Grundy the busier of the two keepers. The only clear opening came after a perfectly weighted Danny Morton pass was met by Gonzales, but Grundy made himself big to deny the striker.
Chorley seemed to suffer from tired legs in the second half following Saturday’s game with Fylde. A Josh Hine effort went narrowly wide, and acrobatics on the line from Bonaminio kept the tie at three, but the result never looked in doubt for the Magpies, who sealed victory and lifted the trophy once again.
Pictures by Greig Bertram
Garry “tired legs after Saturday” “credit to clitheroe coming back in the second half” “WE got in behind but didn’t take our chances second half. Had a tough game Saturday.”
“Wanted to win as many matches as possible. Bring a great following here.”
“Very pleasing to see a clean sheet. Let them in a few too many times but did well to keep them out”
“Before the match we wanted to score early, very pleased to do so”
“Not losing games, drawing to many.”
“Flynn’s wife had a baby last night, but he was desperate to play”
“Important to do well. Winning games brings confidence, and theres a good team spirit. Big game on Saturday now”
“Glad the keeper wasn’t sent off. Should have been but glad he wasn’t”
Matt- “didn’t want to take foot off the gas. Simon Garners teams will always come at you.”
“James has been outstanding. Was on the road to nowhere at Fylde and we took a chance on him. He’s full of confidence now.”
“Want to be in play-offs, take this result into the league now”
Starting XI: Aaron Grundy, Mark Ross, Adam Mather, Andy Teague, Matt Flynn, Jake Cottrell, Josh Hine, Jack Lynch, James Dean, Chris Almond, Paul Jarvis
Subs: Dale Whitham, Adam Roscoe, Chris Simm, Harry Winter, Jack Dorney.
Goals: ANDY TEAGUE (4), JAME DEAN (16, Pen), CHRIS ALMOND (39)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Jack Lynch, picked up the official award on the night, can’t argue with that!