Mossley slip out of League Cup!
Chorley 2 Mossley 1
UniBond League Challenge Cup 2nd Round
Tuesday 16th November 2004 - 7.45 pm
@ Victory Park, Chorley
Referee D.Handley
Attendance 122


13C - wind SW 10mph

 

Chorley
1. Gillies
2. Callaghan Y
3. Price
4. Howarth
5. Woods
6. Hamlin
7. Nelson Y
8. Vermiglio
9. Rasario
10. Eatock
11. Hutchinson
12. Smith
14. Douglas-Pringle
15. Thompson

Mossley
1. Lee Bracey (6)
2. Carl Rezai (5)
3. Steve Sheil (7)
4. Dave Brown (7)
5. Danny Meadowcroft (7)
6. Jordan Goodeve (5)
7. Rory Patterson (5)
8. Danny Forde (5)
9. Rhodri Giggs (8*)
10. Chris Downey (5)
11. Adam Morning (6)
12. Mario Daniel (6) (for Downey 80 mins)
14. Dominic Studley (7) (for Meadowcroft 73 mins)
15. Phil Melville (not used)

 

Mossley's injury ravaged young side gave a thoroughly poor performance in Tuesday night's League Cup defeat at Victory Park. Chorley, quicker to the ball and far more direct, fully deserved their victory over a lacklustre Mossley side who had too many players having an off night.
Chorley themselves created very few chances despite their overall dominance of all but the last quarter of the first half. Mossley came more into the game towards the break when they finally managed to bring Adam Morning into the game, but Chorley bossed the midfield with Goodeve and his new partner Forde unable to get on the ball without an early tackle coming in on a greasy surface.
Both keepers were mostly redundant in a poor first half. The second half was barely better and extra time was already beginning to look a strong possibility when Mossley shot themselves in the foot on 57 minutes. Carl Rezai was needlessly dispossessed on the half way line and David Eatock raced through to round Bracey and score from a tight angle.
Mossley couldn't raise their game and were restricted to an unsuited long ball game, while their most likely outlet Adam Morning was starved of the ball on the left. Mossley insistence on attacking down the right were Rezai and Rory Patterson were having a difficult time was a mystery and despite the best efforts of Rhodri Giggs, Mossley's best player on the night, the 'claret and blues' could barely muster an opening of any kind.
The killer second goal came in the 84th minute. Mossley again lost possession in midfield and impressive substitute Daniel Douglas-Pringle, on for Eatock, raced forward and lobbed a perfect shot over the stranded Bracey.
Mossley, reshuffled after the earlier loss of the injured Meadowcroft, finally began to attack with more venom and pulled a goal back in the 89th minute when debutant substitute Dominic Studley raced clear on the left off Morning's pass and his inch perfect cross was knocked home by the deserving Rhodri Giggs from six yards. Despite four added minutes Mossley were unable to press home their late recovery and are therefore vanquished to the Presidents Cup!

 

 

Rhodri Giggs wheels away after scoring Mossley's late consolation goal

pic courtesy of www.mossleymania.co.uk

Mossleyweb Man of the Match: Rhodri Giggs...worked his socks off in a poor team performance and thoroughly deserved his goal!
Mossleyweb Verdict: Is Victory Park a bogey ground?!