Chorley Magpies cruise into county final

Get in: Steve Foster scores the second Chorley goal
Get in: Steve Foster scores the second Chorley goal
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Chorley FC coasted into the final of the Lancashire Co-Operative Challenge Trophy in impressive style winning 5-0, completely outclassing their Vodkat First Division title-chasing opponents in a one-sided semi-final at the County Ground, Leyland last night.

The Magpies were simply too quick and too skilful on the ball for Wigan Robin Park, who were effectively blown away by Chorley’s scintillating first-half show.

Garry Flitcroft’s men were quickly into their stride and went ahead in the eighth minute.

Livewire Matt Walwyn cut in from the left and keeper Jason Foulds did well to beat out his fierce shot.

But the ball ran loose to the edge of the penalty area from where Adam Roscoe thundered a fine shot into a gaping net.

A second goal arrived five minutes later following a teasing Tom Ince free-kick.

An initial effort was blocked, but Steve Foster was on hand to bundle the rebound in.

It was virtually all Chorley at this stage, and a delightful throughball sent Chris Denham racing clear, but Foulds spread himself well to parry his shot to safety.

But the eager Magpies were not to be denied for long as an electrifying goal put them three up on 33 minutes.

Walwyn gained possession on the halfway line and burst through before firing an unstoppable rising drive into the top corner from 35 yards.

Robin Park did come more into the game as the half ended, and Dean Porter was called upon to make a decent save to turn a rising drive from Phil Howard for a corner.

The second half was something of an anti-climax, with the Magpies content to hold on to their lead. But two incisive raids brought their goals tally to five.

On 68 minutes, Porter’s goal-kick was flicked on and substitute John Cunliffe was left a clear run on goal.

He finished with aplomb, slipping a cleverly-placed shot just inside the post.

Eight minutes from time, Walwyn sealed a man-of-the-match display, meeting Jordan Bowen’s deep cross with a firm header at the back post.

Chorley travel to the Reebok Stadium for the final on Monday, March 12, in great heart, having racked up 16 goals to one against in their three ties.

Attendance: 497