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REPORT | Despair with late loss

Chorley's run in this year's Emirates FA Cup came to an agonising end in front of the BT Sport cameras, as Jack Sowerby's injury time winner condemned the Magpies to a 2-1 reverse.
 
All was going well for Matt Jansen's side when Marcus Carver put the home side infront early in the second half. However, Devante Cole's leveled matters with 13 minutes remaining, before Sowerby's late intervention saw Fleetwood advance to face Hereford.
 
Chorley entered the tie without ineligible loan stars Matt Urwin and Nick Haughton. Oliver Byrne, the 19-year-old Cardiff loanee, replaced Urwin in goal, with Josh O'Keefe coming in for Haughton. Stephen Jordan (for Adam Anson) returned to the backline after missing the draw with Tamworth. Fleetwood made three changes from their 2-2 draw with Blackburn last Tuesday as club captain Nathan Pond, top scorer Cole and Australian youngster Aiden O'Neill replaced Baily Cargill, Jordy Hiwula and Bobby Grant.
 
Although the first half lacked any scoring chances of note, both sides contributed to 45 minutes of industry and effort. The first shot in anger from either team took 23 minutes to arrive, Josh Wilson shanking wide from 25 yards. Adam Blakeman forced visiting keeper Alex Cairns into a save of sorts soon after, and Cole had a scuffed backheel for Fleetwood ruled out for offside as neither properly threatened to break the deadlock.
 
The Cod Army went on the front foot after the break and came close when Ashley Hunter's quick feet and shot aluded all but Byrne, who saved well to his left. O'Neill skied a good chance soon after, before Chorley grabbed the lead. Walker's persistence forced an error in the Fleetwood defence and Carver produced a beautiful finish into the corner.
 
Things got even better for the Magpies when Lewie Coyle was sent off for a two-footed lunge on Jake Cottrell, but they couldn't make their man-advantage tell, and with 13 minutes remaining Cole's looping header from a pinpoint Wes Burns cross levelled the tie up.
 
Everyone was set for a replay at Highbury next week, unfortunately the sucker punch arrived two minutes into stoppage time. Jack Sowerby found himself on the end of a magnificent through ball from George Glendon, and his faint touch beat the onrushing Byrne to secure passage to round two.
 
 
Chorley (5-2-1-2) Byrne; Challoner, Leather, Teague (c), Jordan, Blakeman; O'Keefe, Cottrell; Wilson; Walker, Carver (Darr, 90). Subs not used: Charnock, Beesley, Jarvis, Azam, Anson, Black.
 
Fleetwood Town (5-3-2) Cairns; Coyle, Eastham, Bolger, Pond (c) (Hiwula, 61), Bell; O'Neill (Burns, 64), Dempsey, Glendon; Cole, Hunter (Sowerby, 82). Subs not used: Neal, Rodgers, Schwabl, Biggins.
 
HT 0-0 / FT 1-2
 
Goals: Carver 58; Cole 77 & Sowerby 90+1
 
Bookings: Carver 70; Bolger 70
 
Red cards: Coyle 69 (dangerous play)
 
The Chorley Building Society MOTM: Marcus Carver
 
Supporters' (Twitter poll) MOTM: Marcus Carver
 
Attendance: 3,526
 
Referee: Peter Bankes
 
Assistants: Paul Newhouse & Natalie Aspinall
 
Fourth official: Mark Heywood
 
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