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Kick off 19:45 (UK)

31 July 2018 Venue Broadhurst Park Attendance

Kick off 19:45 (UK)

FC United Of Manchester
2 - 4
Rochdale AFC
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Report | FC United Of Manchester 2-4 Dale

31 July 2018

Rochdale came from two goals down to record a 4-2 victory over FC United Of Manchester at Broadhurst Park, making it six wins from six in pre-season.

A Brian Barry-Murphy own goal and a Liam Dickinson strike from range had put the hosts in front, but Ollie Rathbone and Matty Gillam drew Dale level before the break.

An FC United defender turned into his own net to put Dale ahead after the break, and Jordan Williams scored Dale’s fourth as they rounded off pre-season with another victory.

The first-half started brightly, as Dale created a number of chances in the opening ten minutes.

Gillam was involved in three openings, seeing a shot saved by the feet of home goalkeeper Billy Crellin after getting in behind the defence, before a mishit cross flew narrowly past the far post.

He then latched onto an Andy Cannon ball down the right who had done well to power away from the home midfield, but Joe Thompson saw his shot from Gillam’s pull-back blocked at source.

FC United Of Manchester went ahead in the 12th minute, through an own goal, as Barry-Murphy turned a low cross from the right into his own net from the edge of the six-yard box.

Cannon showed quick feet again to burst into the area as Dale looked for a quick equaliser, but he dragged a left-foot shot wide, before Thompson forced Crellin into a fine reaction save when he turned Kgosi Ntlhe’s back-post cross goalwards from close range.

Thompson then headed over Jordan Williams’ corner before he was denied by Crellin again, this time by the goalkeeper’s feet as he broke through one-on-one picking up Dan Adshead’s perfectly weighted through ball.

Dale trialist Christian Silenzi fired well over from range, whilst Kurt Willoughby forced Brendan Moore into his first save of the game from just inside the area.

However, Moore was beaten just before the half hour mark, when Dickinson picked the ball up 30-yards from goal and lofted an effort over Moore who he caught off his line.

Rathbone fired wide from 12-yards in response, but he made sure with his next effort ten minutes later to bring Dale back within one.

Thompson did well down the right channel to get away from his man and into the area, before squaring the ball to the edge of the six-yard box where Rathbone ran onto the ball and finished clinically first time.

And Dale brought themselves level on the stroke of half-time. Silenzi’s pass to Adshead allowed the 16-year-old to open his body and curl an effort off the post, from which the rebound was turned home first time by Gillam.

Dale continued their ascendency at the break, and seemed to create chances at will, as Adshead fired wide from the edge of the area shortly before an own goal gave Keith Hill’s men the lead.

Ntlhe’s corner touch a slight touch at the near post, before it crashed into the back of the net via the underside of the bar by an FC United defender.

Cannon saw a powerful effort beaten away by Crellin, before he had a hand in Dale’s fourth goal, playing the ball wide to Ntlhe who squared for Williams to tap home from close range.

Williams then turned a Gillam cross from the right just wide of the far post, before heading over from just inside the area after Cannon’s effort from range had bounced back off the body of Crellin.

Dale created a number of half-chances as the game wound to a close, with Thompson seeing a couple of efforts deflected behind for corners, Rathbone sending a glancing header from a corner wide of the post, and Cannon seeing an effort from outside the area palmed away by substitute goalkeeper Sulaiman Sajjad. 


Dale XI | Moore, Ntlhe, Williams, Rathbone, Thompson, Barry-Murphy, Adshead, Cannon, Morley, Gillam, Silenzi* (Delaney 45’).

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