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Town 2(P) Goole AFC 2

7 November 2017

A young Harrogate Town side progressed to the Quarter Finals of the West Riding County Cup with a penalty shoot-out win over Goole at The CNG Stadium.

Two goals quickly after half time put visiting Goole in what looked like a commanding position after both Terry Barwick and Piteu Crouz found the net.
Morgan Smith's late brace, including an excellent equalising free kick, fired Town back into the equation before Scott Smith missed the decisive spot kick and ensure it would be Town hosting Pontefract or Yorkshire Ameteur in the next round.
Town used the competition to give some of the younger players some first team action as the likes of Brad Swain and Morgan Smith were named in Josh Falkingham's starting line-up.
Both sides had chances early on, but neither Prince Attakorah nor Devonte Morton could convert when one-on-one with the opposition goalkeeper.
Deven Hannah went close to breaking the deadlock before the half hour mark, but saw his well struck volley beaten away by Ben Saynor.
Town goalkeeper Liam Powell got busier as the half went on, twice comfortably denying long range free kicks before a quick reflex save low to his left denied Adama Ambo.
The highlight of the opening half came three minutes before the break as Scott Smith unleashed a thunderous drive from the right that bounced back off the upright and away.
Seven minutes after the break Goole took the lead as Barwick met a right wing cross and headed past Powell from close range.
The second goal of the evening followed 12 minutes later as Devonte Morton got into a good position on the left byline and found Crouz who finished at the near post.
Rollinson tried to pull his side back into the tie with a tricky 40-yard free kick, but the effort was turned round the post by Saynor.
Town got themselves on the score sheet in the 77th minute when, after Saynor miscontrolled a back pass and could only clear as far as Barker, the midfielder saw his shot scrambled off the line, but only to Smith who slotted home.
The sides could not be separated in the closing stages, so penalty kicks followed with Scott Smith missing the decisive spot-kick.
Harrogate Town: Powell, Swain, Higgins, Brettle, Riley, Rollinson, Hannah, Barker, Attakorah, Smith, Willis
Subs not used: Myers, Steele, Landau, Crossdale
Goals: Smith 77, 84
Booked: Barker
Goole: Saynor, Shelley, Jeff, Barwick, Adama, Stannard, McCormick, Gomersall (Kral 45), Morton (Cooney 73), Smith, Crouz
Subs not used: Leybourn, Lamming, Leigh
Goals: Barwick 52, Crouz 64
Booked: Kral
Referee: M Sowerby
Attendance: 166

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