Skelmersdale United Emirates FA Cup adventure finally came to an end on a foggy Friday night in Harrogate, playing a team five divisions above, United put up a spirited display but was undone by an early goal by a former Glasgow Celtic winger Calvin Miller after just 40 seconds, such was the quality of the opponents’ squad.
The goal put United on the back foot from the start, encouraged by Michael Grogan at the heart of the United midfield, they quickly regrouped, getting a foot into the game, with close strikes by Emini Adegbenro and a couple of freekicks from Lloyd Ellams, however Harrogate always looked in control.
United were looking to go to the interval with just 1 goal in arrears, letting Manager Paul McNally work his magic that has rubbed off so often in this epic cup run but tragedy struck as a swinging free kick right on half time, was clipped on by the giant centre forward Mark Beck, the goal was harsh on United who had given a good account of themselves.
The game was effectively over after 68 minutes as Jake Lawlor forced home from close range. Arron Martin added a fourth five minutes later.
To their credit United still pushed forward and with the introduction of Croughan and Ellis on the wings gave the home side a few problems as the game neared the close. United got their just rewards when a cross 2 minutes from time was headed back across goal from Murphy that found Danny Mitchley in space, crashing home what was the best goal of the evening on the half-volley. It earned Mitchley the honour of scoring United’s first ever goal in the FA Cup proper.
It has been a fantastic journey, Paul McNally and all the players should take tremendous credit for their achievements, done without the support of the faithful followers for the past 4 games.
Paul Griffiths the United Chairman said “What we have achieved as a club has been nothing short of incredible and I would like to put on record a big thanks to all the support shown from the people of Skelmersdale, from the children of St James Primary School to the local Councillors and MP who have been wishing us good luck on all Social Media platforms, your support has been most welcome”
United’s League season has now been suspended, set to return on December 5th when they face Runcorn Town.
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