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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Workington Reds net last minute winner after 'battering' Vauxhall

Vauxhall Motors 1 Workington Reds 2: Super subs Conor Tinnion and Andy Murray-Jones snatched a dramatic victory for resurgent Reds at Ellesmere Port last night.

Jonny Wright photo
Jonny Wright

When Leighton McGivern fired Vauxhall ahead on 89 minutes it looked as though Workington would be frustrated again, after yet another game in which they had been the dominant force.

But in a remarkable finish Tinnion equalised in the 90th minute and Murray-Jones grabbed the winner in the second of the three added minutes.

To add to the occasion both were scoring their first goal for the club.

Justice had been done because Darren Edmondson’s men had matched in-form Vauxhall throughout an open game and created more scoring opportunities than their hosts.

It gave Reds back-to-back wins for the first time since September and moved them back into the top half of the table.

Their form of late has been good, although that hasn’t always been reflected in the points they have gained, but those successive 2-1 victories at Hinckley and Vauxhall were well earned and thoroughly deserved.

It could easily have been 4-0 at half-time to the west Cumbrians as they fashioned out the chances while Aaran Taylor did not have a shot to save.

The game had only been going 20 seconds when Reds could have been in front. Defender Andy Taylor was short with a header back to his keeper and Jonny Wright nipped in and although he fired round the keeper it was agonisingly wide of the target.

Playing a high tempo game Workington could have scored again on 17 minutes when Shaun Vipond wormed his way through to the edge of the area but saw his shot come back off the knees of keeper Scott Tynan.

Tynan then went on to make a reflex save to deny Jonny Wright; Dave Hewson saw a flashing drive clear the angle of post and bar by inches after a sweet move down the right and Gareth Arnison fired a 30 yard free kick narrowly over the bar.

There wasn’t much different in the second-half as Workington continued to look dangerous. Jonny Wright headed over from an Adam Main cross but the best chance fell to Kyle May shortly after the arrival of Tinnion on 74 minutes.

A superb cross from the youngster, deep on the left, evaded everyone and May, thundering through from deep seemed a certain scorer from two yards but couldn’t get his head to the ball.

But as the game moved towards its conclusion there was more than a hint or two that Vauxhall could pinch it.

McGivern fired a shot against the post which rebounded into the grateful arms of Taylor and when Obi Anorou was sent clear his shot was blocked by Taylor.

Even so, after what had happened earlier, it was a hammer blow when Vauxhall scored on 89m minutes.

Reds were caught out on the left of their defence and McGivern went on to lift a very good shot on the ruin beyond the diving Taylor into the net.

But Reds, rather than feel sorry for themselves, responded magnificently within a minute. When the ball was lifted forward Jonny Wright, not for the first time, won good aerial ball and Tinnion cut in from the left to drive his shot across Tynan into the far corner.

Three added minutes were then displayed and in the second of them Reds won the game. Again Jonny Wright was up contesting a high ball forward from the back and the two home centre-backs Andy Taylor and Tom Hannigan were drawn into the challenge.

Keeper Tynan had come off his line, too, and when the ball dropped loose it was Murray Jones who showed exceptional coolness in steadying himself before lifting the ball home into an unguarded net.

Phil McLuckie had scored a 95th minute equaliser at Vauxhall last season when Reds were on their long unbeaten run - but this was an even more dramatic conclusion.

Workington Reds: Taylor, Langford, A. Wright, May, Andrews, Vipond (McLuckie 74), Main, Hewson, J. Wright, Rogan (Tinnion 74), Arnison (Murray-Jones 85). Subs (not used) Blake, Hindmarch.

Referee: Chris Kavanagh, Ashton-under-Lyme

Crowd: 167

Star man: Jonny Wright - Missed some scoring opportunities but his value to the side is immense. Reds certainly missed his presence through injury and now he’s back and posing problem for the opposition, they look a much more potent outfit.

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