CHORLEY showed their class on Tuesday evening and were a cut above Runcorn Linnets, winning 3-1 in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round Replay.
The Magpies started out of the blocks slowly but probably just about edged the opening quarter of an hour, Joe Nolan with an early chance on the turn that ex-Magpie Antony Kay had to clear away.
It wouldn’t take much longer for Andy Preece’s side to hit the front though - David Moyo rising highest above everyone to meet Billy Whitehouse’s cross and head past Bayleigh Passant.
Runcorn tried to respond with their first shot of the evening through Jacques Welsh but Chorley quickly doubled their advantage minutes later, Harvey Smith with a powerful header from a well-delivered Jack Hazlehurst free-kick.
The Magpies made it 3-0 before the break, Carlton Ubaezounu handed penalty duties for the night from Justin Johnson and the former made no mistake - an excellent penalty after Ryan Brooke was adjudged to have pulled on a shirt inside the box.
Carlton Ubaezounu slots home his penalty (David Airey)
Chorley had far less goal-mouth action to report in the second-half as the visitors, to their credit looked for a way back into the game - albeit without really testing Matt Urwin in goal.
Ubaezounu had a half-chance to make it 4-0 on the night but was denied when baring down on goal by Passant.
Lewis Doyle was sent off (second yellow-card) after a reckless challenge on Joe Nolan in midfield and that was to be the last piece of action on the night.
Chorley: Urwin, Henley, Ellis (Wilson, 79’), Smith, Moore, Hazlehurst, Nolan, Whitehouse, Ubaezounu, Johnson (Shenton, 64’), Moyo (Britton, 64’).
Runcorn Linnets: Passant, Barratt, Kay, Hagan, Wylie, Welsh, Doyle, Saxon (Chiduku), Gumbs, Brooke (Moseley), Brown (Lynch).
Goalscorers: Moyo (24’), Smith (32’), Ubaezounu (39’)
Cautions: Brooke (38’), Doyle (70’), Britton (90’).
Dismissals: Doyle (87’).
Referee: Harry Jones.
Assistants: Mario Stetakovic, Daniel Tyas.
Next Up: We take on Scunthorpe United this Saturday, at home - a HUGE Vanarama National League North fixture
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