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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Extra time goal puts Workington Reds into Cumberland Cup final

Workington Reds 1 Carlisle Utd 0: Workington Reds left it late but a single goal in extra time booked their place in the Cumberland Cup final.

Gareth Arnison photo
Gareth Arnison

Gareth Arnison’s winner with four minutes left on the clock was enough to see off Carlisle United at Borough Park.

Workington’s top scorer coolly slotted the ball past Alex Mitchell after Jonny Wright had put him clear.

Workington started with a predominantly reserve team. Just keeper Adam Collin, Darren Edmondson, Arnison and most surprisingly Kyle May started the game.

May was supposed to be out for the rest of the season with a broken nose but the man-of-steel took his place in the line-up as is in contention to play this weekend against King’s Lynn.

Carlisle came with an entire youth side and put up a good showing in horrible conditions.

Heavy winds swept across the ground for the entire match and that meant that most of the game was played in midfield.

Both teams battled hard for the ball but created little chances during the 90 minutes.

Workington could have gone ahead in the 12th minute when player/manager Edmondson was free in the box but he headed wide from Gareth Brunton’s corner.

Arnison should have broke the deadlock just four minutes later when he beat Tom Aldred, rounded Mitchell, but Aldred, Scotland international got back to block the ball on the line.

With the wind behind them Reds midfielder Lee McCullough tried his luck from 30 yards. His speculative effort had Mitchell scrambling back but the ball hit the bar and went out for a goal kick.

In the second half the Carlisle team got more into the game and Jon Blake had the visitor’s first effort at goal but he head over from Conor Tinnion’s in-swinging corner.

On the hour mark, Reds assistant boss Viv Busby rung the changes with first-team members Dan Robinson and Jonny Wright coming on for Steven Hampton and Brunton.

Lee Andrews then came on for Greg Mitchell and was straight into the action by blocking a Liam Davison shot.

Andrews then picked up the ball and ran straight at the Carlisle defence. United fans will remember those runs that made the centre back a fan favourite at Brunton Park.

His 25-yard strike was on target but didn’t threaten the United goal.

It was agreed that extra time would be 10 minutes each way and it almost came and went without incident until Arnison popped up four minutes from time.

The inform striker picked his spot and slid the ball past Mitchell to settle the contest.

Afterwards boss Edmondson said: “Tonight we played with a good team spirit. The conditions did not help either team when we were trying to get the ball down and play but with the wind so strong it was difficult.

“With the game looking like it was going to go to a penalty shoot-out I was getting a bit panicky because I was looking around the team and realised I could be taking one.

“It is great that we have made it to the final and we are looking forward to it.

“I will be sticking with a mixture of reserves and first-team because it is only fair that the lads got us to the final get a game.”

Teams: Collin, Rossi, Mitchell (Andrews 79), May, Edmondson, McCullough, Hampton (Wright 60), Main, Arnison, Ruttledge, Brunton (Robinson 60);  Subs: Johnson, McLuckie

Carlisle: Mitchell, Lakeland, Swindlehurst, Blake, Aldred, Cleary, Law (Reid 64), Davison (Wood 95), Bowman, Burns, Tinnion. Subs: Gillespe, Sloan.

Referee: Mr J Corkhill.

Star man: For Workington young Martin Rossi had a solid match at right back. The 18-year-old didn't put a foot wrong all game.

For Carlisle, Ryan Bowman caused a lot of problems for both central defender Kyle May and Darren Edmondson. He got up well and won a lot of headers and put himself about.

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