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Salford City FC
1
Max Crocombe
2
Sam Adetiloye
3
James Hooper
4
Liam Hogan (c)

Ogunrinde '83

5
Markell Foulds
6
Alex Doyle

James-Taylor '45

7
Brandon Lockett
8
Tom Walker
9
Taylor Dyson
10
Devante Rodney
11
Kamar Moncrieffe
Curzon Ashton
1
Cameron Mason
2
Daniel Morton
3
Jack O'Leary
4
Mohamud Ali
5
Daniel Shaw (c)
6
Cameron McJannet
7
Ryan Brooke
1 goals for Ryan Brooke

Merrill '83

8
Mason Fawns
9
Niall Cummins

Morgan '37

10
Louis Khoury
11
Luke Wall
1 goals for Luke Wall

Muir '74

Substitutes
12
Joel Barlow
14
Harry Hatton
15
Mani Ogunrinde
16
Douglas James-Taylor
23
George Neave
Substitutes
12
Luke Merrill
14
Chris Rowney
15
Connor Hughes
16
Adam Morgan
17
Adam Muir
Managers
Manager - Graham Alexander
Managers
Manager - John Flanagan
Match Officals
Referee - Barry Lamb
Assistant Referee - Jack Welch
Assistant Referee - Oliver Noonan

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Salford City’s Manchester Premier Cup ambitions came to an end at The Peninsula Stadium as Curzon Ashton ran out 2-0 winners. A young Ammie side gave their more experienced opponents a real run for their money, lacking only a little luck in the final third of the pitch.

After 5 minutes or so of early sparring the evening’s first opportunity went the way of Curzon Ashton. A corner was taken short and after Luke Wall swung in the cross, Ryan Brooke’s header dropped wide of the target. The Ammies took a little bit longer to produce a chance, when Tom Walker’s through ball to the left found Taylor Dyson a few yards beyond the far post. A prodded shot went in, but Daniel Morton was on hand to make an effective block.

There was plenty of effort and movement on display, yet the majority of both sides’ attacks foundered before the opposing keeper could be forced into action. Nash had the better of this spell, with Cameron McJannett finding Louis Khoury on the left, only for the shot to go wide.

Minutes later Brooke’s ball through the middle almost sent Niall Cummins clear, but Max Crocombe was quick off his line to collect.

The Ammies were working hard without getting too much joy in the final third. A half-chance came along on 22 minutes after Taylor Dyson crossed from the left, with the ball dropping towards Tom Walker. The Salford winger was under defensive pressure and from the edge of the box could only lift an effort high over the crossbar.

Dyson was involved again soon after that, intercepting a Curzon pass inside the visitors’ half of the pitch. A good pass to the right played in Devante Rodney but his 22-yarder rose yards over the bar.

The tie’s first goal came along in the 29th minute, from a set-piece deep on Curzon’s right. Mason Fawns’ lofted, curving delivery dropped into the area where BROOKE got in a looping header that rose high before dropping just inside Crocombe’s right-hand post.

An impressive finish from the Curzon man but there was less pleasant news for the visitors 9 minutes before the break. Striker Cummins appeared to be struggling with what looked like a groin strain and was replaced by former Halifax and England Under-19 striker Adam Morgan.

The game had been quiet for a while but Salford pushed forward as half-time approached. Alex Doyle dispossessed Curzon’s Mo Ali outside the visitors’ penalty area before clipping a pass to Kamar Moncrieffe. The 17-year-old forward had notched a hat-trick during the previous round’s victory over Ashton United, but this time after deftly making a yard could only drive a low 18-yarder straight at Cameron Mason.

That was about it for a first-half that had never really ignited but a semi-final place was still very much in reach for Salford City.

HALF-TIME: SALFORD CITY 0 CURZON ASHTON 1

Striker Daniel James-Taylor came on in place of Doyle for the second half and he had a chance to level within 5 minutes of the restart. Right-back Sam Adetiloye pushed forward on the flank before crossing towards the near post. James-Taylor turned well but the low effort that followed was saved by Mason.

Some encouragement for the Ammies there, but they went 2 behind just a couple of minutes later. Curzon’s second goal of the match had the mark of real quality as Khoury slid a diagonal pass to the right for WALL to collect. The Nash number 11 cut inside to the edge of the box before bending a fine finish around the diving Crocombe and just inside the far post.

The Ammies were up against it but they certainly showed an appetite for the challenge. In the 57th minute Rodney nipped in to take possession following defensive hesitation from Curzon. From just outside the box on the left he drilled in an angled effort that was deflected beyond the far post for a corner. Walker took the set-piece from the right, dropping in a delivery that fell just beyond the far post. Skipper Liam Hogan popped up to turn in a low effort but Mason was there, getting down to make a great save just inside the near post.

Two decent chances for Salford to get themselves back into the game and they would have quite a lot of possession over the rest of the night. Further chances to score would be slow to materialise though as Curzon defended well and the Ammies struggled to find a killer ball.

Mani Ogunrinde is no stranger to timely goals and he was thrown into the mix in place of Hogan with 7 minutes to play. Within 60 seconds of that change Salford went very close to getting a goal that would have made the closing stages very interesting indeed. Left-back James Hooper embarked on a driving run and finished it off with a good cross into the box. The ball fell nicely for Brandon Lockett, 15 yards out and right-of-centre. The rising effort that followed looked likely to beat Mason until the keeper pulled off a tremendous save, stretching to his right to push the ball around the far post.

Hooper had a go himself less than a minute later, getting in a low 18-yarder from left-of-centre, with Mason dropping to his right to push that one away as well.

There was still time left but Nash shut up shop after that and the last chance of the game went to them. A clearance fell towards the edge of the box where marauding substitute Luke Merrill hit a volley that deflected behind for a corner. The set-piece came to nothing but it mattered little – Curzon Ashton’s place in the last 4 had been secured.

FULL-TIME: SALFORD CITY 0 CURZON ASHTON 2

This was a creditable performance from a young Salford side as they largely matched much more experienced opponents. Seven of tonight’s starting XI for Curzon began Saturday’s 1-1 draw with National League North leaders Bradford Park Avenue, and all of them are 1st teamers at the Tameside Stadium.

The major difference between the sides was the ability to take chances when they were presented. Nash put away 2 quality strikes but the Ammies failed to convert any of theirs.

Another useful work-out at first team level for a number of the club’s academy players and on another day, with a bit more fortune and composure, they might have had a semi-final to look forward to.

Certainly not for the first time, the Manchester Premier Cup has evaded Salford City’s clutches. If the club’s National League ambitions are achieved this season, we may just have watched the our last ever game in this competition.

Attendance: 352

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