Vale Reserves come from behind to beat the Latics
Port Vale 2 (0) V Oldham Athletic 1 (1)
January 2013 1pm KO on the Training Groundth29
PORT VALE:Sam Johnson, Adam Yates, Tom Morris, Sam Morsy, Douglas Price, Joe Davis (c) (Joe Evans 81), Chris Birchall, Chris Shuker, Ben Williamson, Calvin Andrew, Ryan Lloyd.
Substitutes (not used):Ryan Boot,Will Whieldon, Luke Beesley.
OLDHAM ATHLETIC: Alex Cisak, Connor Brown (Joe Edwards 46), Tom Jones, Tom Clarke, James Tarkowski, Jack Poxon (Luke Wandless 65), Chris Sutherland, Danny Gosset, Dan Taylor (Carlton McIntosh 65), Kirk Millar, Connor Hughes.Substitutes (not used):Liam Jacob.
A strong Vale line-up faced a young Latics' Reserves side, with ‘keeper Cisak being the oldest in the Oldham side at 23, in this early afternoon kick-off. The early exchanges showed this as Vale dominated the opening 15 minutes without getting their noses in front.
A Shuker corner was headed wide by Lloyd and then a Birchall burst down the right sending in a cross that Williamson collected and controlled before being closed down in the act of shooting.
Morsy then put in Birchall but his cross shot was wide of the far post and this was followed by Lloyd bursting past a defender to unleash a powerful shot that the ‘keeper could only parry.
minute, but Dan Taylor couldn’t seem to decide whether to shoot or cross and the resulting effort eventually caused no concerns for the Vale defence.thOldham’s first real attack came in the 13
minute.thThe visitors were now getting to grips with the Vale team and it became a midfield battle, but it was a surprise when they took the lead in the 28
A cross from the right seemed to have evaded everyone as it went across goal, but Sutherland saved the ball going out for a goal kick and then pulled it back for Taylor to tap in from 6 yards.
The game was still even as Doug Price saw a 20 yard drive fly wide before Johnson saved at the second attempt from a Sutherland shot.
Vale came closest to getting back on level terms before the break when Price attempted to beat Cisak after he had come off his line but the 30 yard dipping effort dropped just too late.
Vale created an opportunity from the second half kick off as a long ball saw Andrew only just beaten to the ball by Cisak.
Vale pressed for an equaliser and a neat interplay between Yates and Morsy put in Yates, but he was tackled in the act of shooting and a corner resulted.
From the corner Andrew rose highest but could not get any direction on his header and it was eventually cleared.
On 64 minutes Tom Morris was unlucky as a surging run saw him unleash a 30 yard effort that crashed against the bar and Yates, following up, saw his shot pushed away for a corner.
took the free kick and crashed the ball home past the wall.Morsy minute after Sam Morsy was brought down some 20 yards out. ndVale drew level in the 72
curled a spectacular ball home past the diving ‘keeper from outside the box. Late on Davis was injured and replaced by Evans. WilliamsonBenAlmost from the restart Vale took the lead when
Match Report by Lindon Roberts