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Goalscorer Adam Roscoe
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Darwen 0 Chorley 2

Chorley strolled into the final of the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy with a comfortable victory over AFC Darwen.

Goals from Adam Roscoe and Simon Wiles either side of the half-time break proved decisive for the magpies.

The Evo-Stik League table-toppers will play Bamber Bridge or AFC Fylde, who battle it out next Wednesday in the other semi-final.

Chorley started strongly and after a trio of quick corners, they took the lead in the 10th minute as Roscoe tapped in a Paul Jarvis corner from five yards.

The Magpies continued to bombard the Darwen goal, with Darren Stephenson slicing an effort wide and Jamie Vermiglio heading over a Jake Cottrell free-kick.

The North West Counties side did counter and Aaron Grundy was needed to save from a Stephen Lee volley.

Roscoe and Mark Ross had further efforts on goal, but goalkeeper Stefan Holden kept his side in the game with a number of saves.

Chorley continued to dominate in the second half and ex-Southport striker Chris Almond should have made it 2-0, but his shot was blocked on the line from six yards.

Garry Flitcroft introduced Dale Whitham and Brandon Zibaka for Almond and Stephenson and it was instant impact from the subs.

They combined to give the ball to Cottrell, who sent Wiles through and the tricky winger made no mistake from inside the penalty area.

Zibaka again continued to be a thorn in the Darwen side as he had a header saved then he showed excellently quality jinxing past, Martin Parker to send Wiles down the wing.

The latter’s cross found Paul Woolcott but the midfielder’s effort was comfortably saved.

Whitham had a late goal disallowed for offside as James Dean timed his run a tad early but it had no impact on the result as the Magpies booked their place in the final at the Reebok Stadium, scheduled for Monday, March 17.

Chorley: Grundy, Walmsley, Vermiglio, Ross, Jarvis, Cottrell, Woolcott, Almond (Whitham 59), Wiles, Stephenson (Zibaka 69), Roscoe (Dean 78). Subs not used: Ashton (gk), McKenna

Attendance: 620