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Carlisle United's Rory Loy back in action after injury hell

Striker Rory Loy banished 11 months of injury hell as he made his long-awaited return for Carlisle United – in a 16-0 rout.

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Rory Loy

The forward, out since Boxing Day with a broken leg, played for the first time since his horror injury.

Loy was unable to score in United’s thrashing of Penrith Rangers in the Cumberland Cup but got through his 26-minute cameo unscathed.

The Scot had a hand in some of Carlisle’s goals in the one-sided contest and will now step up his bid to return to first-team action with another reserve outing at Leeds on Monday.

After the Brunton Park game Loy tweeted: “16-0 and didn’t score! Was happy with couple assists and delighted to be back! Enjoyed every min!

“Now looking forward to the game on Monday at Leeds... hopefully some more game time! #goodtobeback.”

Loy made his entrance in the 62nd minute when he came off the bench for Alex Salmon.

The 24-year-old was in the thick of the action as Carlisle dominated and had a hand in goals for Jack Lynch and Dave Symington.

Coach Eric Kinder said it had been a big step in the striker’s long road back to fitness.

“It was nice to see Rory back on a pitch again and he was able to ease his way back in,” he said. “He probably needs a few more games because he has been out for so long. But being back playing competitive football is a massive plus.”

Carlisle saw off their amateur opponents with ease as youth striker Salmon, in his first game back after an ankle injury, helped himself to four goals. Dave Symington also put four past Rangers while there were hat-tricks for Andy Welsh, Dave Symington and Kyle Dempsey.

Lynch, and an own-goal from visiting keeper Mark Graham completed the rout while some good saves from Graham prevented United increasing their huge victory margin.

The game was held up for several minutes early in the second half as Penrith midfielder Leigh Lynch had treatment.

Kinder said the visiting player had been short of breath and was later taken to hospital as a precaution.

He added: “The doctor and Dolly [physio Neil Dalton] got out to him quickly.

“He complained of being short of breath, and it may have been a sort of panic attack. He seemed ok as he came off the pitch but he was taken to hospital and everybody at the club wishes him well.”

The referee called full-time on 88 minutes without playing any added time.

Carlisle United: Gillespie, Gwinnutt, Bugno, Staunch, Morse (Brough 62), Todd, Dempsey, Welsh, Symington, Lynch, Salmon (Loy 62). Not used: Minor, Dixon, Parker.

Penrith Rangers: Graham, Basak, Barwick, Carter (Wear 46), Bailey, French, Lynch (Bowman 53), Westgarth (Bailey 46), Winson, Jackson, Hurley. Not used: Beaumont, Swindle.


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