Ilkeston FC 2 Matlock Town 1
Substitute James Reid scored twice in the last four minutes to seal a remarkable comeback and Derbyshire Senior Cup glory at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Robins were a goal behind with just over a minute of the initial 90 remaining, but Reid firstly hit a stunning equaliser before smashing home a penalty in stoppage time to complete the turnaround.
What preceded that was hardly a classic but certainly a fairly even encounter, neither side particularly convincing in the final third, nor with their passing abilities.
The opening minutes nearly saw goals, Matlock’s Lavell White and Massiah McDonald both seeing shots blocked and then Aaron Hooton heading a corner over the top for Ilkeston.
Laurie Wilson’s header from a corner then grazed the Matlock bar before Hooton headed wide from Kane Richards’ cross.
Matlock were having the better quality openings though and a counter attack nearly saw them ahead after 25 minutes but White was again denied by Martin.
Hooton was a bit closer with another header before the break, but the teams would go in level at half-time.
The second-half initially wasn’t much better with a few lively challenges more the order of the day, although Matt Richards’ powerful strike just over and Antwan Russell’s header straight at keeper Nick Buxton nearly had the Robins in front.
But that honour would go to Matlock on 68 minutes and it was a pretty simple goal.
After Micky Harcourt’s long range volley had been palmed over by Martin, James Ashmore’s resultant corner was flicked home by the head of Lewis McMahon at the near post with some ease.
Matlock then seemed to settle on that lead, although McMahon wasn’t far off from distance soon afterwards.
Hooton nearly levelled on 82 with a shot just wide from Matt Richards’ cross, but, with the Robins looking far more dangerous having switched from 5-3-2 to 4-4-2 after falling behind and with Reid pulling the strings, it was he who would steal the show.
First, he received the ball some 30 yards out and after initially coming close to losing possession he found some space before unleashing a sweetly-struck effort that moved away from Buxton and into the net off the inside of a post.
With no extra-time planned, that goal looked to have condemned the tie to a penalty shoot-out but Ilkeston had other ideas, albeit the clash would indeed be decided from 12 yards.
That came about because defender Adam Yates was deemed to have handled a cross, a decision which mystified many in blue who felt Yates had been fouled, but Reid had no fear and stepped up to hammer home the spot kick and send the large and vocal Robins support into raptures as the final whistle soon followed.
by Mark Duffy
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Ilkeston: 1 Chris Martin 2 Ellis Storey (James Cullingworth 69) 3 Ryan Wilson 4 Laurie Wilson (c) 5 Joe Maguire 6 Russell Cooke 7 Danny Gregory (James Reid 69) 8 Matt Richards 9 Aaron Hooton 10 Antwan Russell 11 Kane Richards Subs not used: Greg Pearson, Callum Chettle, Ryan Swift
Scorer: Reid 89, 90+2pen
Matlock: 1 Nick Buxton 2 Micky Harcourt 3 Lee Featherstone (Ben Algar 68) 4 Martin Foster (c) 5 Adam Yates 6 Oscar Radford 7 Gareth Davies 8 James Ashmore 9 Massiah McDonald (Joe Leesley 86) 10 Lewis McMahon 11 Lavell White. Subs not used: Will Dennis, James Travis, Matty Leese
Scorer: McMahon 68
Ref: Mark Sutton Star Robin: James Reid