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Match Reports

Saturday 22nd September 2018   Ashton Utd 3 - 0 Trafford


Ashton Utd  3 v 0  TRAFFORD

TEAM: Matt Cooper, Ally Brown, Chris Palmer,Matt Mahoney,

Sam Heathcote, Keil O’Brien, Jack Dorney, Ross Davidson,

Danny Wilkins, Matty Bryan, Darius Palma.

SUBS: Delcan Rydings, Laurebce Taylor for Dorney (54), Aaron Burns,

Mark Derbyshire for Wilkins (60), Matty Crothers, Jimmy Moore for Palma (46)

Lee Wilshaw.

Ally Brown

Darius Palma

Four minutes of madness by defender Matt Mahoney cost Trafford dearly as they crashed out of the FA Cup at the hands of National League North outfit Ashton United at Hurst Cross on Saturday. The visitors showed great discipline and organisation in the opening stages and created the best chance in the 23rd minute when Matt Bryan broke down the right and crossed to Darius Palma whose close range shot was blocked by a United defender.

Two minutes later disaster struck when Mahoney was caught in possession inside his own penalty area by Matthew Chadwick and hauled the Uniteddangerman to the ground. Chadwick dusted himself down to crash the spot kick past Matt Cooper and give his side a lead they hardly deserved.

And four minutes later the hot-headed defender launched himself into a reckless challenge on Chadwick midway inside the United half that left the winger spread-eagled and gave referee Copeland no option but to brandish a red card.

Despite this setback, Trafford defended superbly with Keil O'Brien and Sam Heathcote outstanding and United were restricted to just one attempt on goal when that man Chadwick struck a free kick in the 44th minute that was saved at the foot of the near post by Matt Cooper.

Five minutes into the second half Chadwick cut in from the right and unleashed a thunderous drive that cannoned back into play off the crossbar and on the hour Trafford manager Tom Baker introduced substitute Matt Derbyshire to the fray.

Derbyshire made an immediate impact with some powerful determined runs that, allied to his aerial strength, caused problems for the home defence.

And in the 72nd minute he was desperately unlucky not to force the equaliser when his first time drive from Matty Bryan's superb cross from the left, struck United goalkeeper Luke Pilling and flew to safety.

Sam Heathcote then curled a shot inches over from the right as Trafford's ten men put up a gallant fight but in the 82nd minute victory was sealed for the hosts when a slick move orchestrated by Chadwick ended with Bradley Jackson firing past Cooper from 15 yards.

Two minutes into injury time the scoring was completed whenNicEvangelinos tapped home from four yards following good work by CasianAnghel.

Trafford will be desperate to get back to winning ways on Tuesday when they return to league action at Ramsbottom United before entertaining Colne in the FA Trophy on Saturday, kick off 3 p.m.