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MATCH REPORT: Latics Lose On Penalties In Lancashire Senior Cup Final

10 August 2016

Oldham Athletic were beaten 5-4 on penalties in the Lancashire Senior Cup final by Premier League side Everton.

Luke Garbutt fired the winning penalty after George Edmundson was the only player to miss for Latics. 

In normal time, Everton took the lead from the penalty spot as Ryan Ledson converted but the game turned on its head as the half progressed.

A Luke Garbutt own goal levelled the scores and just before half time, Jake Cassidy fired past the goalkeeper to give Athletic the lead.

With the game entering the final 10 minutes of the game, Everton managed to sneak an equaliser through the outstretched leg of Tom Davies.

But it was .. who managed to come away with the victory and lift the 2015/16 Lancashire Senior Cup.

Latics started the game slowly and it was Everton who forced the first chance of the game on six minutes.

Striker Courtney Duffus created half a yard from himself inside the penalty area but fired over the crossbar. 

It did not take long for Everton to take the lead, and it would come from the penalty spot.

George Edmundson fouled Duffus on the cusp of the penalty area, and the referee pointed to the spot.

Ledson stepped up and sent Kettings the wrong way to give the Toffees the lead. 

Edmundson was fortunate not to be booked for the penalty incident but quickly made his way into the referee’s notebook on 17 minutes as he clattered into Kieran Dowell on the half way line.

Latics grew into the game and managed to equalise on 21 minutes through an own goal.

Callum Martins’ teasing free kick was headed into the back of his own goal by Garbutt as Latics drew level.

It would be Athletic who had the better chances to take the lead.

Cassidy was proving to be a handful in attack and went close just after the half hour mark as he forced a smart save from Everton goalkeeper Mateusz Hewelt. 

The striker was on the prowl to add to his goal last week in the competition and he put Latics ahead on 38 minutes.

After good work on the right, Cassidy took on the last defender and smashed the ball past the goalkeeper to send Latics into half time in the lead.

Everton almost equalised minutes into the second half as Duffus knocked the ball past Chris Kettings but Edmundson was back on the line to clear.

Midfielder Luke Woodland curled a free kick towards the top corner but the Everton goalkeeper saved well.

After Ryan McLaughlin was booked for a late challenge on Garbutt, he was substituted soon after as youth team defender Dylan King took his place.

The Toffees started to enjoy a lot of the possession but were met by a stubborn Oldham Athletic defence. 

There were some eye catching performances from Latics, notably the three trialists who all made an impact in the game.

With only 10 minutes of the game remaining, Everton should have been level through Davies.

The midfielder created space for himself but struck over the crossbar from 12 yards.

However, Davies made up for his earlier missed effort as he converted from close range to equalise.

Garbutt struck goalwards from the edge of the box and Davies stuck his leg out to guide into the bottom corner to draw the scores level.

Both sides had great opportunities to win the game in the final minute of the game.

Substitute Brendy Glackin found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper, took it around him but fired over the crossbar.

That miss almost proved costly as 30 seconds later Liam Walsh struck the upright with a 25 yard volley but the ball bounced to safety and the game would be decided on penalties. 

Everton: Hewelt, Jones, Garbutt, Davies, Feeney, McAleny (Henen 62’), Ledson, Duffus, Rodriguez (Walsh 46’), Dowell (Charsley 69’).

Subs not used: Gray, Robinson.

Oldham Athletic: Kettings, McLaughlin (King 62’), Dunne, Edmundson, Stott, Winchester (Knight 55’), Mavilla, Woodland, Osei (Glackin 82’), Cassidy, Martins

Subs not used: Byrnes, O’Neill.

Goals: Everton (Ledson 12’, Davies 83’) (5) 2-2 (4) Oldham Athletic (Garbutt OG 22’, Cassidy 38’)

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