Reds win 5-4 on penalties
An excellent defensive display laid the foundation for this victory, which sees Reds progress to the quarter final stage of the Integro League Cup.
City forced a string of second half corners and created more chances but couldn’t find a way past the outstanding Aaran Taylor and a back four superbly marshalled by Sam Smith (inset).
And having been so dominant throughout the ninety minutes, Taylor and Smith made valuable contributions in the penalty shoot-out as Reds secured a home tie in the next round.
Taylor’s fine save to thwart Adam Sumner gave Reds a slight advantage and Smith was one of five in red to confidently dispatch a well taken penalty.
And it was left to Conor Tinnion, who came closest to netting a winner in normal time, to stroke home the winning spot-kick.
There was a good tempo and intensity to the game, despite a shortage of quality in the final third.
Tinnion, twice, and Dav Symington couldn’t get a proper connection to half chances which fell their way in the first half while Taylor made routine saves to keep out efforts from Paul Jarvis and Glenn Steel.
City saw other efforts headed wide by Adam Anson and Mamadou Djabi while the latter blazed a shot high over the bar on the stroke of half time.
Home keeper, Elliot Wynne, was immediately involved soon after the restart. Firstly, he had to dust himself down after a collision with Gari Rowntree then made an excellent reflex stop to deny Scott Allison’s firm shot.
The hosts then enjoyed a purple patch which produced a handful of corners, all of which were a bit predictable and comfortably dealt with by a confident Reds’ rearguard.
And they squandered two clear-cut chances when Steve Williams scooped one close range effort over the bar and Hannu Tam appeared disorientated when heading wide after it looked easier to score.
But Reds went close to winning in normal time, firstly via a fine Rob Wilson snap shot which narrowly missed the target and then, after a goal mouth scramble, when Tinnion’s header rebounded off the crossbar.
A quality shoot out then decided matters with a fine exhibition of penalty taking producing nine conversions, one fine save and two misses.
Sam Bailey stepped up and converted, first blood to City. 1-0
Scott Allison responded for Reds and he too scored. 1-1
Craig Carney, the City skipper, confidently scored. 2-1
Dav Symington almost ripped the net off with his attempt. 2-2
Adam Anson replicated Symington’s approach and scored. 3-2
Rob Wilson was coolness personified as he also converted. 3-3
Adam Sumner was the first to fail with Taylor saving well. 3-3
Matty Douglas’ shot rattled the crossbar so no advantage. 3-3
Charlie Bailey restored City’s lead after finding the net. 4-3
Sam Smith capped a good night by putting away his kick. 4-4
Hannu Tam placed his shot well wide of the goal. 4-4
Conor Tinnion cometh the hour, cometh the man – the winner 4-5
Lancaster Wynne, Steel, Sumner, Akrigg (Dugdale, 75), Anson, Williams, Bailey S, Carney, Djabi (Bailey C, 87), Tam, Jarvis (Wills, 75). Substitutes – Mercer, Winder (not used).
Workington Taylor, McLuckie, Rowntree, Douglas, Smith, Mellen, Symington, Wilson, Allison, Joel (Waterston, 72), Tinnion. Substitutes – Calvert, Whitehead, Hetherington, Carter (not used).
Referee Alan Bennett, Wigan
Bookings: Wilson, Smith, McLuckie