FA Cup Run Ends at FC United
By Dave Priestley
Colne went out of the Emirates FA Cup despite a stirring performance at FC United of Manchester on Saturday.
. In a game of two halves, the Reds conceded twice early on but were unlucky not to get on the scoresheet with a fighting display after the interval.
In front of a crowd of over a thousand at Broadhurst Park, Colne were rocked by an early goal after only two minutes when Jack Banister’s cross to the far post was headed home by Mike Donohue to give the home side the lead.
Colne looked to strike back quickly and Alex Curran fired a shot across the face of goal after a good run up the left wing.
But the Reds had more defending to do as Joel Logan saw his shot saved by Hakan Burton in the Colne goal and Burton did well to clear the ball from a crowd of players at the far post from a United corner. On 12 minutes, United almost doubled their lead when Kurt Willoughby found space in the Colne area but pulled his shot wide from a great opportunity. Five minutes later, Willoughby was denied by Burton when he saw his well struck free kick cleared from the foot of the post by the keeper’s feet.
Colne came more into the game as an attacking force with Curran making good runs through the middle and shots by Connor Hughes and Brad Lynch were just off target. After 28 minutes, a well struck free kick by Joe Gaughan was blocked by United’s defensive wall as Colne pressed forward with some good attacks. Six minutes later, Curran’s free kick fell to Jonathan Hodgkinson in the United penalty area but he lifted his shot over the bar from a clear shooting chance.
As play switched to the other end, Burton pushed Willoughby’s shot round the post with a good save and from the resulting corner, Burton made a series of saves in the Colne goalmouth before Billy Priestley saw his shot come back off the crossbar. United doubled their lead after 39 minutes when Willoughby headed home at the far post from Donohue’s left wing cross.
As the second half began, Colne looked to reduce the margin and Gaughan broke through the middle but saw his goal-bound shot well saved by Dave Carnell in the home goal. As the Reds continued to push forward, a half cleared corner fell to Curran and his well placed shot was headed away from the goalmouth by Priestley with a vital clearance.
The Reds created more half chances with good balls into the area but Carnell was quickly off his line on several occasions to deny Brad Lynch. And the keeper somehow managed to block Curran’s close range shot with an instinctive save in a crowded goalmouth when a Colne goal looked certain.
The Reds kept up the pressure till the end with Spencer Jordan prompting the action up front but could not find a consolation goal that their performance deserved.