Recap

Borough ParkNew Bridge Road, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT

Workington AFC
Borough Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT
Carlisle United
4 - 2
Final Score
Obua Mugalula - 1 (28')Steven Rigg - 1 (33')Reuben Jerome - 1 (67')Lewis Reilly - 1 (80')
Ryan Edmondson - 1 (12')Mason Hardy - 1 (31')
Game Statistics
0 Yellow cards 0
0 Red cards 0
0 Corner Kick 0
0 Saves 0
0 Shots on Goal 0
0 Shots 0
0%
Pass Accuracy
0%
Shot Accuracy
OFF
0
F
0
SH
0
0%
Pass Accuracy
0%
Shot Accuracy
0
OFF
0
F
0
SH
Game Timeline
KO
KO
Ryan Edmondson
12'
Mason Hardy
12'
Lewis Farmer
28'
Obua Mugalula
28'
Jack Robinson
31'
Mason Hardy
31'
Steven Rigg
33'
Reuben Jerome
46'
Bobby Carroll
59'
Obua Mugalula
67'
Reuben Jerome
67'
Greg McCaragher
79'
Lewis Reilly
80'
Steven Rigg
80'
FT

Recap

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Two makeshift teams served up an entertaining ninety minutes of football in the Fred Conway Cumberland Cup, with Workington twice coming from behind to maintain an interest in the competition.

United had to go for youth in their line-up, with just a sprinkling of senior players supplementing the team, whilst Reds gave a night off to Jim Atkinson, Dan Wordsworth, Conor Tinnion, David Symington, Scott Allison and Ceiran Casson.

And the outcome was just about right with Reds stronger at the finish, in terms of personnel, and United considerably weaker after the planned replacement of Ryan Edmondson and Ben Barclay.

It was end-to-end fare in a cracking first half with the hosts piecing together the first significant attack.  Matty Clarke got free down the right and his cross towards the far post was met by fellow full-back, Keelan Leslie, only for a goal-bound header to be plucked out of the air by Michael Kelly.

And Kelly was involved again, soon after, diving to his left to keep out a low Lewis Reilly shot.

It had been a positive start from the hosts but they went behind after twelve minutes as Edmondson’s rehabilitation was given a boost.  The centre forward ‘with a bit of everything’ cut in from the right and drove the ball home from an acute angle, adding to the two goals he scored in the same net back in pre-season.

Reilly went close with a free-kick at the other end and Steven Rigg’s header confirmed the search for an equaliser was on.  Mason Hardy then picked out Edmondson with a pin-point cross but the downward header was pushed away by Danny Eccles at the expense of a corner.

Reds netted a fine equaliser after twenty-nine minutes through Obua Mugalula, who announced himself to the Reds’ supporters with a superb debut in the previous round, catching the eye once again.  This time, a shot from distance appeared to loop over Kelly before nestling in the Derwent End net to restore parity.

The celebrations were cut short, though, with United back in front less than a minute later and, with VAR not yet introduced to the County Cup format, Reds’ appeals for an offside in the build-up were in vain.  Hardy was too quick for the home defence, and the assistant referee, and finished superbly after a swift counter attack.

The quality of the goals was appreciated by both sets of fans and there was another to admire after thirty-four minutes.  Rigg was revelling against his former club and his angled drive made it all square again.

He hit an even better shot next time he ventured forward with the ball whistling past Kelly only to thump the post and deflect to safety.

No side had control in the opening forty-five but it made for great entertainment.

As well as sharing four goals, the sides also forced six corners apiece.

The second half was more measured and Danny Grainger’s side looked the more effective with experience and nous getting the better of youthful exuberance.

They went on to win with a bit to spare and it was then about the side issues surrounding the game.

Ben Hughes, in his competitive debut, had a good run-out for forty five minutes and Brad Hubbold looked free of his calf injury as he completed an hour.  And the likes of Clarke, Leslie, and the excellent Reilly and Rigg will certainly benefit from their first ninety-minute stints for weeks.

United, too, would be pleased that Edmondson and Ben Barclay came through sixty minutes unscathed as they edge closer to the first team roster.

And what about Kai Nugent?  Currently on loan at Borough Park and with four excellent performances under his belt already, he reverted to United blue for the night and continued to impress.

Workington took the lead for the first time after sixty-seven minutes and, yes, it was another fine goal.  Mugalula gathered the ball on the left and paused momentarily until his marker got in position.  He then shuffled past him, sent over a cross into the danger zone where Reuben Jerome converted from close range.

The sixth goal of the evening, ten minutes from time, was also pleasing on the eye.  Reilly applied the finish after Rigg’s headed assist and Reds were through to the semi-final and a home clash against Carlisle City.    

Workington: Eccles, Clarke, Birch, Smith, Leslie, Farmer (McCaragher, 78), Hughes (Jerome, 46), Hubbold (Carroll, 59), Reilly, Rigg, Mugalula.  Substitutes – Symington, Atkinson (not used).

Carlisle United: Kelly, Gordon, Robinson, Harris, Bell, Barclay (O’Brien, 60), Allan (Dixon, 75), Nugent, Edmondson (Park, 60), Hardy, Bollado.  Substitutes – Hetherington, Breeze (not used).

Referee: Kevin Mulraine, Carlisle

Attendance: 605

 

Details

Date Time Season Full Time
07/03/2023 19:45 Fred Conway Cumberland Cup 22/23 90'

Ground

Borough Park

New Bridge Road, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2DT

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Workington224
Carlisle United202

Workington

1Danny Eccles Goalkeeper
2Matty Clarke Defender
3Charlie Birch Defender
4Sam Smith Defender
5Keelan Leslie Midfielder
6Lewis Farmer 12 Midfielder 28'
7Ben Hughes 16 Midfielder
8Brad Hubbold 15 Midfielder
9Lewis Reilly Forward 80'
10Steven Rigg Forward 33'
80'
11Obua Mugalula Midfielder 28'
67'
12Greg McCaragher 6 Midfielder
14Dav Symington Midfielder
15Bobby Carroll 8 Midfielder
16Reuben Jerome 7 Forward 67'
21Jim Atkinson Goalkeeper

Carlisle United

30Michael Kelly Goalkeeper
2Harvey Gordon Defender
3Jack Robinson Defender 31'
4Jayden Harris Midfielder
5Matty Bell Midfielder
6Ben Barclay 14 Defender
7Jake Allan 16 Midfielder
8Kai Nugent Midfielder
9Ryan Edmondson 12 Forward 12'
10Mason Hardy Forward 31'
12'
11Nic Bollado Forward
12Josh O’Brien 9 Defender
13Gabriel Breeze Goalkeeper
14Romeo Park 6 Forward
15Sam Hetherington Midfielder
16Josh Dixon 7 Midfielder
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