FOOTBALL: Ten-man Poulton come from behind to progress in county cup
4:39pm Monday 28th October 2013 in Sport
GFA Minor Cup (N) 2nd Round
Longford Res 3
(Poulton win 4-2 on pens)
POULTON played most of the match with ten men following the dismissal of goalkeeper Gary Morris, but crept through to the next round of the county cup on penalties after 90 minutes.
Longford had several talented youngsters in their side and Chris Baxter put them ahead in the fifth minute, with Steve Andrews equalising two minutes later.
Morris was sent off in somewhat bizarre circumstances in the 20th minute after he brought down Chris Knight. Although the ball finished up in the net, referee Adrian Read had already blown for a foul and had no alternative but to send Morris off.
Knight put the penalty away to restore the Stroud League side's advantage and Poulton looked in trouble when Knight made it 3-1 after 27 minutes.
However, Andrews scored his second goal five minutes later to put the home side back in contention.
With time running out, Poulton, whose ten men fought tirelessly throughout, got the break they needed when Joe Stratford equalised just two minutes from the end of normal time.
In the penalty shoot-out, Poulton went through 4-2.
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