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DUNSTON UTS v CHESTER FC

Report by Billy Montague

Saturday 6th October 2018

Emirates FA Cup – Third Round Qualifying

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Dunston welcomed Chester FC of the Vanarama National League North to the UTS Stadium for this Emirates FA Cup Third Round Qualifying Tie. The visitors made the 184-mile trip from Cheshire in confident mood after their recent run of good form, having put together an eight match unbeaten run. Dunston UTS manager Chris Swailes had serveral difficult selection decisions to make and included the returning Michael Pearson, Liam Marrs and Jack Elliott in his starting eleven. The unfortunate Michael Hall and Aiden Haley missed the big game through injury.

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Dunston UTS: Dryden, Marrs, Halliday, Stafford, Grant-Soulsby, Capewell, Thear, Pearson (Little), Fitzpatrick, Brooks (Heslop), J Elliott (Nellis). Subs not used: C Elliott, Harrison.

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Chester FC: Shenton, Grand, Howson, Thomson (Dudley), Livesey, Stopforth, Burton (Pritchard), Roberts, Smalley, Mahon (Hellawell), Mooney. Subs not used: King, Murray, Noble.

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Dunston came out with all guns blazing and made the best possible start when a Mark Fitzpatrick flick-on found Liam Brooks on the edge of the box, riding a challenge before shooting low into the bottom corner beyond keeper Grant Shenton from 18 yards to break the deadlock with just two minutes on the clock. 1 – 0.

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The home side were rising to the occasion and continued to press with the 6ft 5ins frame of Brooks a particular threat in the final third. Chester’s Danny Livesey sent a header well wide from a Dan Mooney corner on 10 minutes but it was the hosts who threatened again when Chester failed to clear their lines and a scramble ensued in the their box with the visitors just managing to clear after a nervy passage of play. Chester did start to settle into the game but the pace and width provided by Dunston’s Liam Thear and Jack Elliott was causing some problems, allied with the impressive Brooks' movement and physical hold-up play.

 

Chester did go close on 27 minutes when Gary Roberts, who was displaying his fine range of passing, found Dan Mooney with a cross-field diagonal pass which the on-loan Fleetwood winger brought down before turning and shooting just wide from 18 yards. Chester drew level on 35 minutes when Craig Mahon turned his marker superbly to stand up a cross into the box where Deane Smalley had shrugged off his marker before nodding beyond Karl Dryden from close range. 1 – 1.

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Chester were asserting themselves more on the game and Mooney acrobatically shot just wide when he connected with a left-wing Simon Grand cross with an overhead kick. But the game was turned on it’s head in the first minute of added time at the end of the first-half when Dan Mooney latched on to a great Craig Mahon ball down the left before rasping a stunning angled half volley from 20 yards that rocketed past Karl Dryden into the top corner to draw applause from even the home faithful. 1 – 2.

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Dunston had acquitted themselves superbly with some fine flowing football but found themselves behind at the break.

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Half-Time Score: Dunston UTS  1   Chester FC 2

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If the first-half had started badly for Chester, the second began even worse. A quick break forward by Dunston on 47 minutes saw Mark Fitzpatrick send Jack Elliott clear in a race with Chester captain Scott Burton. The Dunston winger outpaced Burton who brought him down in the box with the penalty being awarded and the big defender rightly cautioned. After much debate about whether it should have been a red card, an unfazed Mark Fitzpatrick then coolly stepped up to lash beyond Grant Shenton from the spot kick to level the scores. 2 – 2.

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Five minutes later it went from bad to worse for Chester when Mark Fitzpatrick got beyond Danny Livesey with the on-loan Salford City defender clipping the Dunston striker and being shown a straight red card by the referee. Dunston almost immediately made their man advantage count when Jack Elliott whipped a cross into the back post where Liam Thear was able to head back across goal to central defender Andrew Grant-Soulsby who was perfectly placed to head beyond Shenton and into the net to cue delirium among the home faithful who were sensing an FA Cup upset. 3 – 2. Chester joint managers Johnson and Morley then opted to bring on John Pritchard for Scott Burton in an attempt to get back into the Tie.

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The substitute soon curled over an effort from 20 yards before Steve Howson and Simon Grand both saw headers fall just wide from Dan Mooney deliveries. Chester managed to get themselves level again on the hour mark when Deane Smalley nodded down a long ball to where Dan Mooney was on hand to advance and shoot low beyond Karl Dryden from the edge of the box. 3 – 3. Dunston were proving a constant menace on the break and on 75 minutes Liam Thear won possession of the ball from Craig Mahon before quickly releasing a great ball to Mark Fitzpatrick who muscled his way past defenders Matt Thomson and Simon Grand to burst clear before drawing keeper Grant Shenton and brilliantly curling a low shot into the corner of the net. 4 – 3.

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Chester almost hit back on 78 minutes when the ever-dangerous Dan Mooney was played in but he was denied superbly by Karl Dryden who left his line to make a brave block. The visitors had a chance late on to level matters and force a replay but defender Steve Howson headed over and then in stoppage time Dunston managed to survive a melee in the six-yard box. The home side held on for a famous win in what was the biggest game since their FA Vase victory at Wembley in 2012.

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Final Score:  Dunston UTS  4  Chester FC  3

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Dunston Man of the Match:   The whole squad! – Every member of the squad plus the team management personnel deserve congratulations for a magnificent achievement in going this far unbeaten and unbowed.

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Attendance 873

 

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