Match Report Droylsden 4-3 Colwyn Bay
Saturday 2nd September 2017 @ 18:51 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

FA Cup first qualifying round

It’s never dull watching the Bloods and Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Colwyn Bay which saw Droylsden reach the second qualifying round, lived up to that expectation.

Supporters endured a nervy last twenty minutes with the score poised at 4-3 before the referee blew to send the club into Monday’s draw.

It was the club’s fifth consecutive win and Dave Pace named an unchanged starting eleven from the team that win at Mossley on Bank Holiday Monday.

Six minutes into the tie and Droylsden were in front as the Seagull’s defence failed to deal with a Luke Daly corner and Alex Frost, hero of the last round forcing the ball over the line.

Almost from kick off the visitors could have equalised,only a superb block from Antione Clarke preventing an almost certain goal.

The visitors though looked dangerous especially down the left with former Blood Sean Holden combining well with Jack Hindle and it was down that side that the equaliser came after sixteen minutes, a deflected shot landing at the feet of Mulholland who easily beat Branagan.

The Bloods though regained the lead on twenty four minutes, Dom Smith beating the offside trap to cooly slot the ball past Cooper.

Minutes later it was three, Kilheeney stretching to stab the ball home, after Liam Caddick capitalised on a defence lapse to cross.

The striker went close with half time approaching, an ambitious strike from outside the area just flying over the bar.

Almost on the stroke of half time, Dom Smith could have made it four, chipping the goalkeeper, his effort sailed over the bar.

You got the impression there were more goals in this match and the second half didn’t disappoint.

Jack Hindle was denied with a great one handed save from Branagan after the Bloods defence had given the ball away while at the other end Liam Caddick’s saw his shot graze the post.

Three goals then followed in a frenetic twelve minutes, Jamie Rainford taking advantage of some slack defending to bring the score back to 3-2 before Jamie Frost collected the ball just inside the Seagull’s area and hit an unstoppable shot past Cooper.

4-2 but Colwyn Bay hit back immediately, trying to score straight from the centre circle from the kick off.The move did lead to a goal after Branagan appeared to slip as the Bloods defence failed to clear their lines to let in Rainford for his second.

There was still twenty minutes left and this match could have gone either way but Droylsden rode out the storm and had chances to extend their lead, none more so than in the dying minutes when substitute Steve Hall broke away and combined with Dom Smith whose shot somehow failed to miss the target.

Droylsden have been rewarded with a tie in the second qualifying round at Lancaster City.

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