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Youth Team Report | Dale 2-1 Port Vale

19 April 2023

Youth Team

Youth Team Report | Dale 2-1 Port Vale

19 April 2023

It was a return to winning ways at the first time of asking for the Youth Team last night, as they beat Port Vale 2-1 in their Youth Alliance League fixture, thanks to goals from Joe Cunningham and Paul Kyffin.

Dale started the game the better of the two sides with Zak Greenwell and Darren Ehimamiegho both forcing excellent saves from the Vale goalkeeper.
 
However, it was the visitors who opened the scoring after 20 minutes. Vale worked it well into the box and the ball sat up nicely for a volleyed attempt that bounced its way into the bottom corner.
 
Dale continued to play on the front foot despite trailing in the game, and were rewarded with the opportunity to equalise after Oscar Kelly was brought down in the box, the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Up stepped Cunningham and he scored with ease drawing Dale level in the game.
 
That was the last action of the first-half and both sides went into the break at 1-1.
 
Straight into the second-half, it was Vale’s turn to be awarded a penalty after Lennon MacLorg was judged to have clipped the legs of the Vale forward. However, he made amends for his mistake by producing an excellent save, diving to his right and denying Vale from taking the lead for the second time.
 
Dale’s first substitution came after 56 minutes as Kelly picked up an injury meaning he was unable to continue and was replaced by Jesus.
 
Following the substitution, the game initially plateaued with only a few half-chances created by both sides.
 
After 75 minutes, Dale had a big chance to take the lead. Luke Mann battled hard to fire a cross into the box where Jesus was waiting to finish it off, but his effort skewed over the bar.
 
The second goal did arrive for Dale after 81 minutes from the boot of Paul Kyffin. His toe-poked effort inside the box found a way to evade the Vale keeper to give Dale the lead.
 
In the closing stages, Ehimamiegho had a great chance to make it 3-1 to Dale, but his effort was saved by the 'keeper.
 
Dale saw out the remainder of the game and came out with a 2-1 victory.
 
DALE XI: MacLorg, Cunningham, Watts, Nevett, Sutton, Dunlop, Dos Santos, Kyffin, Greenwell, Ehimamiegho, Kelly.
 
SUBS: Nicholson, Ayub, Mann (62), Jesus (56), Yaduat (82).
 
Report by Luke Westmorland

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