Chorley 1, York City 0: Magpies progress in the FA Cup

On a tense night at rain-soaked Victory Park Chorley battled thrillingly through to the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup.
Chorley boss Jamie VermiglioChorley boss Jamie Vermiglio
Chorley boss Jamie Vermiglio

A Lewis Reilly penalty after 18 minutes proved enough to send the Magpies through to Thursday’s fourth round of qualifying draw when the National League’s top-tier clubs enter the competition.

The reward for this huge victory over an unbeaten York side is a welcome £5,625.

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In the final analysis it was a heroic backs-to-the-wall performance by Jamie Vermiglio’s men who repelled everything the visitors threw at them in a demanding second half, their courage reinforced by a little good fortune.

Twice in the match City hit the woodwork, firstly when Olly Dyson struck the bar following a free-kick just before the break and again some fifteen minutes from time when Jake Cassidy headed a corner against the post.

The Chorley penalty arrived when a foul in the box gave Reilly his chance to convert his third penalty in four games and again he made no mistake from the spot, sending the keeper the wrong way.

The home side had their moments in front of goal but the nearest they came to securing the cushion of a second goal were two well-struck efforts by second-half substitute Olly Shenton which flew off-target.

The win was handsome revenge for the defeat in the league at York last Tuesday and sets up a fourth consecutive appearance by Chorley in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round.