DOLLIES REACH THE FINAL!

A wet and windy affair played out at the County Ground in Leyland as Lancaster City faced Atherton Collieries in the semi final of the Lancashire FA Trophy with a match up against Bamber Bridge at the DW Stadium awaiting the victor.

Brad Carsley put in a man of the match display as the Dolly Blues ended a three-game losing run coming away 1-0 victors.

As rain and wind battered the ground, the travelling Dollies supporters were in fine voice as the two sides came onto the pitch.

The first half was pretty much Lancaster’s with Jack Armer having a shot deflected but was collected well by the visitor’s keeper.

Atherton thought they had drawn first blood and opened the scoring when the ball ended up in the net, however to the delight of the City players and coaching staff the offside flag was raised, and the goal chalked off.

Lancaster City continued to dominate most of the first half as monsoon conditions began to take it’s toll on the pitch and the players, but City had a chance to take the lead when David Norris unleashed a shot but it was stopped by the Atherton keeper once again.

Defence was on point from either side in the remained of the fist half as the two sides went into the sheds level at 0-0.

The teams then emerged for the second half, and it proved to be a livelier affair, but the possibility of penalties began to set into the minds of the travelling Dollies supporters.

Niall Cowperthwaite continued his brilliant defensive performances but also showed signs of attack slipping a ball into Paul Dawson who’s shot was blocked in the box.

Once again as has been the case this season, Sam Ashton produced a number of reflex saves to keep City from going behind the best when he saved Mayers shot.

Moments later City found the goal when they whipped a corner into the box the ball was headed down and turned into the net by a Atherton player. Paul Dawson almost sealed the game for Mark Fells side when a cross into the box from Rob Wilson fell out of Dawson’s reach.

It was a defensive paring of Wills and Cowperthwaite that in the end won the game for the Dollies, last ditch tackles by both towards the end of the game saw the Dollies hold on for the win and book their place in the Lancashire FA Trophy final against their nearest and dearest rivals Bamber Bridge.