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Salford City football Club

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Cambridge United
1
Dimitar Mitov
2
Kyle Knoyle
3
Dan Jones
Yellow card for Dan Jones

Dunk 71

5
Greg Taylor (c)
8
Liam O'Neil
Yellow card for Liam O'Neil

Hannant 71'

10
George Maris

Lambe 78'

16
Harry Darling
18
Victor Adeboyejo
22
Paul Lewis
Yellow card for Paul Lewis
26
Harvey Knibbs
34
Idris El Mizouni
Salford City FC
12
Kyle Letheren
2
Scott Wiseman
3
Ibou Touray
1 goals for Ibou Touray
9
Adam Rooney (c)
2 goals for Adam Rooney (c) 2 goals for Adam Rooney (c)
15
Cameron Burgess
16
Jack Baldwin
23
Nathan Pond

Hogan 18'

26
Bruno Andrade
Yellow card for Bruno Andrade
28
Brandon Thomas-Asante
Yellow card for Brandon Thomas-Asante

Armstrong 67'

29
Michael O'Connor

Towell 70'

45
Ashley Hunter
1 goals for Ashley Hunter
Substitutes
25
Callum Burton
4
George Taft
7
Luke Hannant
9
Andrew Dallas
11
Harrison Dunk
17
Leon Davies
19
Reggie Lambe
Substitutes
1
Chris Neal
5
Liam Hogan
7
Luke Armstrong
17
Richie Towell
32
Jake Jervis
44
Craig Conway
Managers
Head Coach - Colin Calderwood
Managers
Manager - Graham Alexander
Match Officals
Referee - Christopher Pollard
Assistant Referee - Andrew Aylott
Assistant Referee - Gareth Viccards
Fourth Official - Carl Fitch-Jackson

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Match
Report

Salford City completed their first league double of the 2019-2020 in some style at a chilly Abbey Stadium. Hosts Cambridge United would have been disappointed to trail at the interval, but the Ammies started the second in fine fashion and ultimately their margin of victory could have been even more emphatic. A brace from Adam Rooney and stunners from Ash Hunter and Ibou Touray made this a memorable evening for the diehard travelling support who had cheered on their side for the entire 90 minutes

There was a single change from the side that drew – somewhat disappointingly – at home to Oldham Athletic on Saturday, with Hunter replacing Jake Jervis.

The evening’s entertainment got underway and after a few minutes of fruitless Salford possession, the home side had the ball in the net. Victor Adeboyejo’s run into the box on the left took him to the line, and his cross was a good one. Paul Lewis was there at the far post, 6-yards out to steer a header inside the upright, only for his joy to be short-lived. The match officials decided that the ball had been just out of play when Adeboyejo swung the cross in and the ‘goal’ was chalked off.

An early scare for the Ammies but they responded with a chance of their own. Bruno Andrade nudged a left flank corner short to Touray who aimed a cross at the near post. Jack Baldwin was on the end of it but got his angles all wrong to send a header yards wide of Dimitar Mitov’s right-hand post.

After that Salford had quite a bit of possession but were struggling to do much with it. The visitors suffered a blow on 19 minutes as the injured Nathan Pond had to be replaced by Liam Hogan.

By that time The U’s had found their feet and were beginning to look threatening. Midway through the first half Adeboyejo collected a throw-in from the left, then turned sharply to strike a low effort from 20 yards. The shot had real pace, and Letheren did well to drop down and hold on to the ball.

Cambridge produced another quality build up in the 28th minute as Idris El-Mizouni and Liam O’Neill moved possession from right to left. Full back Dan Jones curled a very decent cross to the far post where Lewis rose to head back across goal and narrowly wide of the upright.

Salford were under considerable pressure now and within another minute El-Mizouni let fly from 25 yards, forcing Letheren to tip the ball acrobatically over the bar.

The U’s were on top, but about to suffer something of a sucker punch. Just past the half-hour Salford moved the ball forward quickly, with Scott Wiseman’s pass picking out Andrade’s run on the right. The former Lincoln winger delivered a ball towards the near post, with ROONEY losing his marker to steer home a first-time finish.

A nicely worked and well taken goal for the Ammies, albeit against the run of play. Jones was booked for a foul on Andrade soon afterwards and Touray’s lofted free-kick from the right dropped just in front of a couple of Salford players, allowing Mitov to gather.
Cambridge countered and when Kyle Knoyle played a pass inside from the right, George Maris could only lift a 20-yarder over the crossbar.

The U’s were determined to restore parity before the break and Adeboyejo did well to control inside the box before nudging a pass back for El-Mizouni. The Ipswich Town loanee drilled in a low shot from 20 yards but once again Letheren was able to make the save.

At the other end Michael O’Connor squared to the right only for Brandon Asante to blast a shot high over the crossbar.

Two minutes before the interval a Salford corner was cleared as far as O’Connor, but from around the left-hand angle of the box his dipping shot dropped wide of the far upright.

That was about it for the first-half action and Cambridge United could count themselves a tad unlucky to be trailing.

HALF-TIME: CAMBRIDGE UNITED 0 SALFORD CITY 1

Colin Calderwood’s side might have justifiably harboured hopes of turning the game in their favour, but the opening 10 minutes of the second half effectively condemned them to defeat. In the 51st minute Asante’s run into the left-hand side of the box was curtailed by a Greg Taylor trip and the referee pointed straight to the spot. Heated protests from the home side were waved away and ROONEY shimmed his way up to take the penalty. On Saturday he’d had a spot-kick saved by the Oldham keeper but this time Mitov dived to his right only for the ball to be planted low to his left.

A hammer blow for the U’s and there would be worse to come just 3 minutes later. This was a goal of rare quality as Hogan lifted a pass from the right to the far side of the box where HUNTER leaned to meet the ball with a low, first-time shot that beat Mitov on its way inside his far post. A tremendous finish from the Fleetwood Town loanee and a great way to record a first goal in the colours of Salford City.

That left Cambridge with a huge mountain to climb and in truth they would never look likely to make inroads into what was a healthy Ammie advantage. Graham Alexander’s side looked composed all over the park, and particularly in defence where they dealt competently with every attack that the U’s could muster.

Chances for the home side to cut the deficit would be rare, but in the 67th minute a Jones cross from the left was met by Adeboyejo whose header flew well wide of Letheren’s right-hand post.

Rooney came ever so close to a hat-trick a minute later after Hunter had tricked his way to the line on the left. The pull-back fell for Salford’s leading scorer but from 8 yards out he could only poke a low effort just wide of Mitov’s right-hand upright.

With 20 minutes to play substitute Luke Armstrong surged forward on a right-of-centre run before flicking a pass wide for Andrade. The return ball was played into the area but Maris had spotted the danger, getting across to thwart Armstrong at the expense of a corner.

Both sides made substitutions as the game approached its final 15 minutes but the Ammies would not release their grip on the points. In the 73rd minute Andrade’s pass set up Armstrong for a rising 18-yarder from right-of-centre that forced Mitov into a save.

Every time Cambridge launched an attack it foundered on a solid Salford defence and the visitors always looked capable of adding to their haul of goals. Eleven minutes from Time substitute Towell slammed in a rising 25-yarder from right-of-centre that swerved its way towards the top corner. It would have been another memorable goal, yet Mitov reacted with an impressive save as he tipped the ball wide for a corner.

In the 84th minute Andrade met Hunter’s pass to the right with a low shot that was well held by Mitov. The keeper would have no answer to Salford’s 4th goal of the evening however, scored with just a couple of minutes to play.

There seemed to be relatively little danger as TOURAY advanced on the left, just outside the box. The Ammies’ left-back has developed an eye for goal this season and he caught Mitov out with a rasping, rising effort that beat the keeper at his near post to drop a big, juicy cherry on Salford City’s victory cake. A fine finish to cap an impressive second half performance from the Ammies and the travelling fans – modest in numbers, yet unrivalled in level of support – had a warm glow as they wandered off into the crisp Cambridgeshire night.

FULL-TIME: CAMBRIDGE UNITED 0 SALFORD CITY 4

A thumping away win by any standards and the Ammies have returned victorious from 3 of their last 4 awaydays. At their best Salford City are a match for anything that League Two can offer. The quality is there, the desire is plain to see – it’s just consistency that has eluded them so far this season. That has been particularly true at their Peninsula Stadium home, and last Saturday only one point was taken when all three had been on offer.

The management and the players know what is required now – a run of good results over the final third of the league season. It’s a simple as that and another away win, at Port Vale on Saturday, would be a very big step in the right direction,

Attendance: 3,444 (78 from Salford)

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