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Match Reports

Tuesday 18th September 2018  Skelmersdale Utd 3-3 Trafford (Trafford win 4-2 on pens)

Trafford through after Shoot Out

Skelmersdale United 3 v 3 TRAFFORD  (2- 4 on Penalties)

Integro League Cup First Round

TEAM: Matt Cooper, Ross Woodcock, Chris Palmer, Laurence Taylor,

Lee Wilshaw, Matthew Mahoney, Callum Harris, Ross Davidson,

Joseph Thompson, Matthew Crothers, Declan Rydings..

SUBS: Aaron Burns for Davidson (62), Mark Derbyshire for Rydings (62),

Luke Gibson, Mason Mostyn

TRAFFORD SCORERS: Thompson (25), Crothers (51p), Derbyshire (89)

SKELMERSDALE UTD SCORERs: Dunne (45), Yeldrem (61), Griffiths (90)

Trafford secured a place in the Second Round of the Integro League Cup on Tuesday night with a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Skelmersdale United.  Tom Baker's side dominated possession throughout and took a deserved lead in the 25th minute when debutant Joe Thompson turned neatly on the edge of the Skem penalty area and side-footed the ball into the bottom corner.  As half time approached, Trafford's play became a little sloppy and when Ross Davidson conceded a free kick 25 yards from goal, Skem midfielder Will Dunn flighted a superb curling effort into the top corner to make it 1-1.

In the 51st minute the impressive Thompson tormented the Skem defence on the left and fed Declan Rydings who was unceremoniously bundled to the floor by Michael Roddy, Matty Crothers stepping forward to coolly place the resultant penalty past Terry Smith.  The visitors were once more in cruise control but were punished for their complacency when Sean Yeldrem poked the ball past Matty Cooper for the equaliser. Terry Smith produced a brilliant save in the 84th minute to thwart Joe Thompson but Trafford thought they had won the tie in the 89th minute when Chris Palmer crossed from the left and substitute Mark Derbyshire headed neatly into the bottom corner from six yards.  However, two minutes into injury time Alex Griffiths collected the ball 30 yards out and blasted a fantastic drive into the top corner to send the tie into penalties.

Matty Cooper denied Roddy and Moore with two reflex saves to his right and it was fitting that Joe Thompson coolly placed his penalty into the bottom corner to put Trafford through to the next round.

Trafford travel to Ashton United on Saturday for an FA Cup Second Qualifying Round Tie before making the short journey to Ramsbottom United on Tuesday for an EvoStik League West Division fixture.

Matt Cooper

Matty Crothers