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First home win puts Reds through in the FA Cup

FC United’s first home win of the season put them through to the third-qualifying round of the FA Cup as they overcame a spirited Colne 2-0 at Broadhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.

First half goals from Mike Donohue and Kurt Willoughby were enough to give the Reds a victory and a place in Monday’s draw.

Donohue gave United the lead after just two minutes when his beautifully placed header beat Hakan Burton to settle the early nerves that are always there in a cup tie.

The two teams put on a good contest in the first half, with the visitors more than holding their own and creating enough opportunities and dangerous attacks that the men in red needed to stay switched on throughout.

Burton put on a great display in goal for the visitors and had to pull off a string of good saves to deny FC a second during a penalty area scramble midway through the first half.

But the forward line wouldn’t be denied and Kurt Willoughby continued his great goal scoring form this season heading home to double the lead five minutes before the break.

The second half was a little flat with FC not really looking to add to their lead and being comfortable enough at the back to not need to worry about the Colne attacks that came their way.

Brodie Litchfield and Elliot Simoes came on in the second half and both looked to use their opportunity and both went close towards the end of the game, only to be denied by Burton once more.

A first home win, two goals, a clean sheet and a place in the next round of the cup. All in all it wasn’t a bad afternoon’s work for the Reds who will look to take some momentum into next weekends trip to the only team below us in the league, Nuneaton.

Website man of the match: Kurt Willoughby – Always looked dangerous whenever on the ball and sealed the victory with his goal just before the break.

Report by Craig Phillips

First Posted ~ 15:52 Sun 23 Sep 2018
News ID ~ 8051
Last Updated ~ 23:45 Thu 4 Feb 2021