Cup triumph in seven goal thriller

Tim ChannonFirst Team

Jordan Harper hit a last minute winner.

Jordan Harper hit a last minute winner at Nantwich.

THE Seagulls came from 0-2 down after 32 minutes to win 4-3 in a seven goal thriller at Nantwich Town to reach the semi-finals of the Integro Doodson League Cup.

Despite a bright start, things looked bleak when Jordan Bennion’s shot on the run goingwent in off a post on 21 minutes and then 11 minutes later Sean Cooke added a second for the home side with a fine shot on the turn from just outside the area which beat the diving Craig Ellison just inside his right hand post.

But Jack Kelleher broke clear to get the Seagulls back in the game five minutes before half-time, and three minutes into the second half Luke Denson hit the equaliser after Kelleher’s shot from Carl Rodgers’ pull back had been blocked.

Kelleher then ran on to a pass from Josh Sumner, who had an excellent game in midfield,  to score his second of the game and put the Bay 3-2 up on 57 minutes.

Ellison made a brilliant one-handed save from a Josh Hancock free kick, but was then beaten  from close range as the home side’s Josh Gordon scored from Bennion’s low cross on 65 minutes to level the match up again at 3-3.

Antonie Boland and Shaun Dowling both cleared off the line from James Parkinson and  Mat Bailey, but in a thrilling end to end finale to the game Jordan Harper had a shot tipped round the post by home keeper Terry Smith and Carl Lamb missed the target with two diving headers before, in the last minute, a slip by a home defender set up the chance for Harper to curl in an 89th minute winner with a great finish.

Seagulls boss Kevin Lynch commented: “I know Nantwich rested a number of players (ahead of their FA Trophy semi-final against Halifax on Saturday), but you can only beat what is in front of you and to come from two down and win against any team is a great effort and shows the character we have in the team now.

“Its good to have that winning feeling in the dressing room again. Its a nice boost to confidence and its important we take that into two massive league games over the next week against Whitby and Mickleover.”

The other semi-finalists in the League Cup are Marine, Scarborough Athletic and Kidsgrove or Ilkeston.

COLWYN BAY: Craig Ellison, Shaun Dowling, Ben Cartwright, Jordan Fagbola, Antonie Boland, Carl Rodgers (Carl Lamb 76 mins), Josh Sumner, Bradley Bauress, Jack Kelleher, Cory Williams (Jordan Harper 72 mins), Luke Denson. Subs not used: James Graham and Stephen Wilson.

Attendance: 266

Connor Roberts-Nurse, Liam Gibson and Nathan Quirk were all cup-tied, Johnny Gorman was injured and Adam Morgan’s international clearance did not come through in time for him to play.

Ben Cartwright made his debut at left back after signing from AFC Fylde last week.