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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Injury scare for Carlisle Utd youngster Brad Potts

Carlisle United needed a goal from long-serving hero Peter Murphy to avoid humiliation in the Cumberland Cup against Carlisle City.

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Brad Potts receives treatment

Murphy’s second-half header was enough for a 1-0 quarter-final victory at Brunton Park against Northern Alliance outfit City. But the win came at a cost, with Brad Potts and youth team winger Pat Brough both suffering injury scares.

And coach Eric Kinder was scathing about the Blues’ display, although he was quick to praise their impressive opponents, whose keeper – former United man Adam Bradley – saved a Danny Cadamarteri penalty.

“Carlisle City were organised, committed, wanted it and came off with their heads held high,” Kinder said. “It was one of the best performances I’ve seen in this competition from a club at their level.

“But we should be better than that. Graham Kavanagh told everybody in no uncertain terms what he thought of it and rightly so.”

An experienced Blues side, featuring several first-teamers, toiled to break City down.

City nearly stunned the Blues when Tom Lucock went clean through, only to be denied by Adam Collin.

Collin’s opposite number Bradley then superbly kept out Cadamarteri’s penalty after Ian Cumersky tripped Andy Welsh. The deadlock was finally broken in the 64th minute when Murphy’s header from a Dave Symington corner cannoned in off the crossbar.

That came after Potts was subbed with a bruised shin after a 50-50 challenge with Sean Bannon which left Kinder critical of both players.

“Both went in for it like they have never gone in for a tackle,” he said. “They both deserved to get hurt in my opinion. Brad wanted to carry on but we thought it better he came off so he is right for the first-team.”

Substitute Brough’s ankle injury meant United ended the game with 10 men, as Symington hit the post with a late free-kick, but Kinder added: “I’ve never seen David play as poorly as that. His free-kicks were embarrassing and that is frustrating. It was a good experience for all our young players. When you play against people who would love to be in your place, at a professional club, you have got to do things right, but not enough of ours did."

Carlisle United: Collin, Potts (Dempsey 50), Minor, Edwards, Murphy, Todd, Lynch, Welsh (Brough 62), Symington, Cadamarteri (Salmon 62), Beck.

Carlisle City: Bradley, D Armstrong (Cherry 55), Greenslade, Bulman, Cumersky, Mather, Kilgower, Longcake (K Armstrong 86), Lucock, Shepherd (James 64), Bannon.

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