Chorley began their FA cup campaign away at Dunston UTS who are currently playing in Northern League Division One, writes Tom Hindle.
Chorley went into the game favourites to win and it didn’t take long the see why with Andy Teague scoring in the 2nd minute and Scott Leather scoring the 2nd on the 45th minute. The two goal cushion was enough for the Magpies as they kept a clean sheet and continued to threaten Dunston UTS throughout the second half. The game finished 2-0 to Chorley but on another day it could have easily been 5 or 6.
Chorley won the coin toss and chose to kick off with Whitham passing it back for the long ball up to Gonzales. The pressure did not stop in the first 2 minutes which resulted in Chorley’s first corner of the game. The ball was whipped in from the corner spot and found Teague in the box who headed it powerfully on target and managed to find a way past the defenders and goal keeper for the opening goal.
Chorley continued to outclass the opponents for the opening 20 minutes with lovely passing play and strong defending making it hard for the away team to get a shot away. Dunston's first clear cut chance fell in the 27th minute. The ball deflected off Jarvis and went out for a Dunston corner. The ball was floated in and met by a bullet header from 5 yards out but Sam Ashton had his positioning right and collected the ball into his arms. This was Dunston's first clear cut chance and it fell in the 27th minute.
With 15 minutes to go in the first half the home team pilled on the pressure by having lots of possession, chances fell for their forwards having shots going over and wide of the goal but none of the efforts testing Sam Ashton in the Chorley goal. Chorley then give the home team a scare from a corner with O’Keefe’s well placed header being cleared off the line for another corner to Chorley. Dale Whitham crossed the corner into the box to find Leather waiting in the box to head the ball home on the 45th minute. Just as the home team looked to be getting back into the game Chorley showed their quality and got a goal on the stroke of half time. Chorley would have gone in happy to be two up at half time but knew Dunston was capable of bringing this back.
The second half got underway and straight away the home team wanted to attack. An accurate cross was whipped in and headed on target only for Sam Ashton to collect ,keen to keep another clean sheet. Chorley then hit back with O’Keefe hitting a powerful shot from just inside the box only for the keeper to tip over for a corner.
Chorley then went on to dominate the early stages of the 2nd half, especially Adam Roscoe who had two fantastic opportunities denied. His first effort from outside the box looked to be flying into the top corner if it wasn’t for a Dunston defender making a vital b;ock to deflect away for a corner. Adam Roscoe who won the corner then went on to hit the woodwork with a bullet header from 10 yards out.
Chorley made 3 substitutes in 15 minutes to add more attacking danger and fresh legs to the midfield. Teague was replaced by Blakeman, O’Keefe was replaced by Cottrell and Jack Lynch replaced Dale Whitham.
As the game was coming to a close Chorley created chance after chance but failed to get the ball over the goal line. Cottrell had a 1 on 1 chance with the keeper after a great flick on from Walker then a pass across goal from Gonzales, Cottrell tried to tuck it past the keeper but the keeper managed to get a touch only for a defender to clear away. The chances didn’t stop there with Sefton Gonzales pressuring the defence and making a great tackle, he picked himself up and ran through on goal only to slot just wide of the post. The final chance of the day fell to Jason walker whose shot from range forced the keeper to make a save.
Chorley kept a clean sheet and the first half goals were enough to put them through to the next round despite Dunston giving it their best efforts to break down the Chorley defence. Chorley will be hoping the results and weather keep on coming in the FA cup as they keep pushing to get as far as possible in the competition
Subs: Jake Cottrell (O'Keefe), Matt Challoner, Adam Blakeman (Teague), Will Beesley, Jack Lynch (Whitham), Lian Wood, Jack Hartley
Goals: ANDY TEAGUE (3), SCOTT LEATHER (45)