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
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!