Northern Premier League Cup Rd 1


Bishop Auckland 2 : Ossett Albion 1   aet

3 November, 2004



Team: Wolfe, Collins, Morgan, Ross, Neil, Foster, Moore, Salvin, Ludlow, I'Anson, Richards (Irvine 119mins)


Brian Ross's late late strike gave Bishops a second victory of the week and booked a place in the second round of the UniBond League Cup against North Ferriby United.


Bishops started well enough, but it was Ossett Albion who took the lead on 19 minutes through Toronczak who wriggled through the defence and beat Wolfe to his right.


The two blues came more into the game kicking up the slope in the second half and created an equaliser on 70 minutes when Collins and Moore combined on the right to create space.  Moore put in a pinpoint cross for Ludlow to tap home from six yards out.


Ludlow then created a great opportunity to give Bishops the lead when he beat his man but volleyed over the bar from close range.


Minutes later another chance came with Richards finding Salvin who cut the ball back to Ludlow who tamely passed the ball back to the Ossett 'keeper from close range.  Ludlow then fired a shot just wide of the post as Bishops continued to apply pressure.


But the game appeared to turn on 88 minutes when Kevin Wolfe was foolishly red carded for directing a comment at the referee while the ball was out of play.  


Chris Neil took his place between the sticks and was still getting his bearings when an Ossett forward blazed over an unguarded net in the dying seconds.


In the first minute of extra time Ossett thought they had the lead when Neil failed to collect a cross and the ball was headed home, but the sympathetic referee awarded a foul instead.


Tiredness was showing on the heavy pitch and extra time passed without any real incidents and a penalty shootout, with an outfield player in goal, looked imminent.


With a minute remaining Irvine joined the fray, presumably to take a spot kick, and was immediately in the action.  A cross from the right appeared to be handled by an Ossett defender in the area, and in the confusion that followed a defender knocked the ball back to his 'keeper with his knee.  The ball was picked up, and ignoring the earlier hand ball the referee awarded an indirect free kick inside the six yard box.


After restoring order following a major scuffle involving most of the players the free-kick was taken by Irvine who blasted against the rushing defenders.  The ball bounced to Ross eight yards out who shot low through a forest of legs to find the back of the net.


The final whistle came seconds later.




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