THE EMIRATES FA CUP
EXTRA PRELIMINARY ROUND
AFC DARWEN 3 BARNTON 1
A first half injury time goal for Darwen brought an otherwise dull game to life, and the home side produced a commanding display after the break to run out winners in this FA Cup tie. First choice keeper James Whittingham picked up an injury during the warm up, so goalkeeping coach James Brindle had to put the gloves on.
With the half hour approaching, Barnton had the ball in the net, but the goal was disallowed for a hand ball.
The game appeared to be heading goalless at the break, but in injury time, after missing an earlier chance, Danny Taylor hooked the ball home to give the home side the edge.
Half Time: AFC Darwen 1 Barnton 0
The first minute after the restart saw Darwen come close to increasing their lead, with only a great save by keeper Aaron Lyons denying Corey Harrison. Lyons made another excellent block ten minutes later from Harrison as he deflected the ball for a corner.
Just short of the hour mark and Darwen went two up. Danny Taylor broke with the ball and pulled it across the box. A first shot was blocked but Adam Heaney was in the right spot to hook the ball home.
Five minutes later, Taylor was again through on goal with his effort producing another stop from Lyons. On seventy minutes another ball into the Barnton box was headed down by Yahya Saeed to Danny Taylor whose volley looked goal bound until defender Callum Richards somehow hooked it clear.
Darwen pressure finally paid with less than ten minutes to go, when Yahya Saeed rose highest to head on a ball from the back to Danny Taylor, who outpaced his defender to fire past Lyons to seal the game. With five minutes left, Taylor put Jamie Edwards through but his powerful drive was deflected away with his feet by Barnton man of the match Aaron Lyons. The keeper then denied Liam Cole as he blocked his effort away for a corner.
Slackness in defence allowed the visitors to get a consolation goal from Chris Smith with two minutes of normal time to go, and in injury time Barnton’s Owen Preston fired wide when in with a chance of reducing the deficit.
Full Time: AFC Darwen 3 Barnton 1
REFEREE: William Davis
ASSISTANTS: Neil Matthews, Joe Cunningham
GOALS AND TIMES:
Barnton: Smith (88)
AFC Darwen: Taylor (45+2, 82), Heaney (58)
OPPONENTS CHOICE AS MAN OF THE MATCH:
Barnton: Aaron Lyons
AFC Darwen: Danny Taylor
YELLOW CARDS: Harrison (AFC Darwen)
1 Aaron Lyons
2 Nial Owens
3 Owen Dursley
4 Nick Newman
5 Callum Richards
6 Chris Yearsley
7 Steve Warburton
8 Patrick Hamid
9 Chris Smith
10 Dominic Barley
11 Jack Nicholls
12 Derek McShane
13 Adam Judge
14 Joshua Kavanagh
15 Robert Arnold
16 William Conway (replaced Barley, 57 minutes)
17 Owen Preston (replaced Dursley, 69 minutes)
18 James McShane (replaced Newman, 77 minutes)
1 James Brindle
2 Kieran Wood
4 Adam Heaney
5 Martin Parker
6 Kiel Lonsdale (Capt.)
7 Jamie Edwards
8 Sam Knowles
9 Danny Taylor
10 Yahya Saeed
11 Corey Harrison
12 Matt Cain (replaced Heaney, 79 minutes)
14 Liam Cole (replaced Harrison, 76 minutes)
15 Karl Turner (replaced Parker, 46 minutes)