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MATCH REPORT: Rowe’s Late Goal Earns Latics A Point Against Salford City

Salford City 1-1 Latics

25 January 2020

Latics picked up a point at Moor Lane as Brandon Thomas-Asante first half goal was cancelled out by Danny Rowe’s late goal.

The hosts came close to opening the score in just the third minute as the ball fell nicely for Adam Rooney and the striker hit a sweet volley just past the post.

Only a few moments later, Thomas-Asante found himself with plenty of space inside the penalty area, but the young forward couldn’t keep his cool and dragged an effort wide of the bottom right-hand corner.

However, Salford did take the lead in the 14th minute as the Ammies where awarded a penalty from a corner, Rooney’s resulting penalty and rebound was saved by Zeus De La Paz, but Thomas-Asante somehow forced the ball over the line.

Following the goal, the first half lacked any chances of note, the closest Latics came was Tom Hamer’s header from Jonny Smith’s free-kick, but he couldn’t direct it goalwards whereas the Ammies came closest when Thomas-Asante’s effort was brilliantly blocked by captain David Wheater.

Dino Maamria’s side started the second half brightly with Smith racing towards goal and stinging the palms of goalkeeper Kyle Letheren’s hands from a tight angle.

Graham Alexander’s men nearly doubled their advantage as they countered Latics with Thomas-Asante and Bruno Andrade produced a fine bit of skill to create a slick move to put Craig Conway clean through, but De La Paz flew out of his goal to pull off a fantastic save to keep the Ammies out.

In the 83rd minute, Latics equalised after substitute Zak Dearnley played Rowe clean through on goal and the striker kept his composure as he dribbled towards goal and blasting past the goalkeeper into the back of the net for his first ever Oldham goal to create limbs in the Latics away end.

This result means that it’s the first-ever draw played out between the two sides.

Salford City 1-1 Oldham Athletic.

Attendance 3,646 (1,328 Away).

Salford City XI – Letheren, Wiseman, Touray, Rooney © (Elliot 59’), Burgess, Baldwin, Pond, Andrade, Thomas-Asante, O’Connor, Jervis (Conway 59’).

Subs – Neal, Threlkeld, Hogan, Armstrong, Elliott, Conway.

Oldham Athletic XI – De La Paz, Mills, Hamer, Wheater ©, Iacovitti, N’Guessan (Nepomuceno 72’), Sylla, Maouche (Dearnley 60’), Azankpo (Missilou 68’), Smith, Rowe.

Subs – Allen, Nepomuceno, Wilson, Missilou, Egert, Dearnley, Borthwick-Jackson.

Referee – Josh Smith.


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