Despite taking a first minute lead, it was Preston North End who once again lifted the Jack Kirkland Trophy following a second half comeback.
The Magpies got off to the best start possible when Josh O’Keefe converted from the penalty spot after Sefton Gonzales was dragged down in the box.
This was O’Keefe’s second penalty in successive pre-season friendlies, and his accuracy was best described as Germanic, giving the keeper, former Fleetwood stopper Chris Maxwell no chance.
The remainder of the first half was goalless, but didn’t go without incident.
Marcus Carver and PNE captain John Welsh clashed on the halfway line with neither giving ground to the other. Referee Michael Swarbrick gave the pair a stern talking too, but had this match been a competitive fixture the surely cards would have been brandished.
Throughout the opening 45 minutes the Magpies more than matched their Championship opponents, passing the ball around comfortably and creating chances, the stand out one seeing Carver drive beyond the right back and cross into the box where Gonzales inexplicably headed over the bar from all of 1 yard out!
The visitors had their chances too, most notably in the dying seconds when Welsh capitalised on a poor Andy Teague header but the former Liverpool players low effort was deflected wide.
During the break North End changed their entire team with the replacement eleven acquitted themselves better than the first half side; indeed, North End controlled long periods of the second half.
Jordan Hughill and Joe Garner both had early opportunities to level the score, but the visitors had to wait until the 57th minute for their equaliser
A short corner from Ben Pringle was whipped into the box by Paul Gallagher where Garner was on hand to volley beyond Sam Ashton.
Garner almost doubled the lead minutes later, but Ashton was alert to the danger and gathered well, however on 64 minutes PNE took the lead.
Pringle hit a deep cross into the box and former non-league player Jordan Hugill was on hand at the back post to head across the goal into the bottom corner with Ashton unable to reach.
In the dying moments of the game Chorley almost snatched a winner when Jack Lynch tested ex-Manchester United keeper Anders Lindegaard then Keiran Charnock was unlucky to not be able to divert a flick on the right side of the post.
Chorley XI: Sam Ashton, Matt Challonor, Adam Blakeman, Andy Teague, Scott Leather, Stephen Jordan, Jake Cottrell, Dale Whitham, Marcus Carver, Sefton Gonzales, Josh O’Keefe
Subs: (all used): Keiran Charnock, JordanConnerton, Will Beesley, Adam Roscoe, Paul Jarvis, Jack Lynch, Shelton Payne, Jack Hartley, Wes Nelson, Liam Wood, Waqas Azam
PNE first half line-up: Chris Maxwell, Liam Grimshaw, Paul Huntington, Ben Davies, Chris Humphrey, Ben Pearson, John Welsh, Greg Cunningham, Daniel Johnson, Jermain Beckford, Simon Makienok
PNE second half: Anders Lindegaard, Clive Smith, Tom Clarke, Calum Woods, Tommy Spurr, Ben Pringle, Paul Gallagher, Alan Browne, Jordan Hugill, Joe Garner, Eion Doyle.
Goals: JOSH O’KEEFE (1, pen), Jordan Higill (57), Joe Garner (64)
Referee: Mr Michael Salisbury