Match Details: 16/12/2014
Yeovil Town 2-0 Accrington Stanley
FA Cup Second Round Replay
Yeovil Goals: Simon Gillett (84), Kieffer Moore (88)
Yeovil Line-Up: 2. Brendan Moloney, 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Joe Edwards, 9. James Hayter, 11. Sam Foley, 20. Ben Nugent, 23. Simon Gillett, 24. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, 26. Stephen Arthurworrey, 27. Tom Eaves, 30. Jed Steer
Subs: 8. James Berrett, 10. AJ Leitch-Smith, 12. Artur Krysiak, 13. Kieffer Moore, 19. Liam Davis, 28. Alex Smith,
Substitutes Used: Kieffer Moore for James Hayter (69 mins), AJ Leitch-Smith for Tom Eaves (90 mins)
Yeovil Town secured a route through to the FA Cup Third Round against Accrington Stanley at Huish Park tonight, but needed two late goals to force their way past their Lancashire opponents, and to seal a lucrative tie against Premier League side Manchester United. On a rainy night, where nerves and a slippery surface seemed to dominate proceedings, the Glovers scored twice in the final six minutes, shortly after Shay McCartan had hit the crossbar for the visitors. Midfielder Simon Gillett finally broke the deadlock as he fired home from the edge of the box, after he picked up goalkeeper Jack Rose's clearance for an 84th minute goal to lift the roof at Huish Park. Four minutes later the tie was settled when Sam Foley's ball into the box was met by the head of substitute Kieffer Moore and a tie that had hung in the balance throughout the 90 minutes was heading the Glovers way.
The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up, of which only one was listed on the teamsheet. Striker Sam Hoskins was cup-tied, following his loan spell with Barnet and his place was taken on the left-flank by Bolton Wanderers. On the opposite side there was a late surprise - right-back Jordan Clarke was on the teamsheet and participated in the warm-ups but a hamstring injury sustained on the greasy surface saw him replaced by Brendan Moloney before the first whistle had even blown.
The first half opened with Yeovil slightly dominating proceedings, albeit without testing goalkeeper Jack Rose too much. Tom Eaves made a strong move down the flank but fired over the bar for the home side's opening chance. However, they could have easily gone ahead just 11 minutes into the tie when Accrington defender Tom Aldred suffered a horror moment - a long ball up field found the defender trying to head back to his own goalkeeper, whilst James Hayter pressed him. But Rose had moved way out of his area, giving him a heart-in-mouth moment as the ball bounced past his own keeper and slowly slowly rolled past the outside of the goalpost, with both players stranded.
Gradually as the half wore on, matters began to get more tense and more scrappy as both sides began to size up the huge task that they had ahead of them. Luke Joyce fired over the bar for Accrington, whilst Tom Eaves twisted and turned inside the box before his shot went just wide of the post. Then Joe Edwards found his attempt inside the area accidentally blocked by one of his own team-mates. A poor backpass by Brendan Moloney reminded those present that mistakes could be crucial on a difficult surface, but Jed Steer bailed him out by pushing a Marcus Carver attempt for a corner. Edwards again tried his luck, forcing goalkeeper Jack Rose into his first meaningful save of the match. But as half time drew, the tension increased and the crowd began to take it out on referee James Linington - unimpressed by his tendency to blow up for small fouls, and mostly against the Glovers.
The second half started off with Yeovil Town looking like the nearly men. Simon Gillett and two chances for Stephen Arthurworrey could have broken the deadlock but every chance on the goal seemed to be about a foot wide of the frame. Gary Johnson tried mixing it up - firstly by moving Sam Foley out wide, and repositioning Tom Eaves as the striker at the top of the formation as James Hayter dropped deep. Then Kieffer Moore came on as a substitute, with the change to a 4-4-2 both giving Yeovil more attacking options as well as giving Accrington more holes to work the ball through.
It looked as though the visitors were going to take advantage of that, as they enjoyed their best spell of the match. Ben Nugent had picked up a heavy knock midway through the second period, and his hobbling made him less mobile, allowing Shay McCartan room to attack the Glovers back line, as he ran through on goal, forcing Jed Steer to palm the ball out for another corner. Michael Liddle's deflected shot again acted as another warning with Accrington in the ascendancy, and the alarm bells were definitely winning when with eleven minutes remaining McCartan's shot from distance crashed off the underside of the crossbar and somehow Matt Crooks missed a gaping glaring goal from six yards out as his header went wide of the post.
That was to prove costly - very costly. From a move following a throw-in, a deep ball into the box saw goalkeeper Jack Rose misdirect his punch out of his area whilst under pressure from Kieffer Moore. Simon Gillett brought the ball down, and returned the ball into the back of the net from 20 yards out, with Rose caught badly out of position, and no-one guarding his goal. With just six minutes remaining, Yeovil were finally a goal ahead, and were on the edge of that Third Round place.
Four minutes later, they even had a cushion to play with - Sam Foley's intelligent running down the left wing looked at first to be an attempt to run the clock down by heading to the corner flag, but he had other ideas - swinging in a cross that found substitute Kieffer Moore, whose well planted 88th minute header killed any hopes Accrington might have had of creating late pressure. Game over, and after two difficult 90 minute games, the League Two side were finally sunk, and a jubilant home crowd could finally drop the 'IF' part from any of their conversations involving Manchester United.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Accrington Stanley 0.
Scorers: Simon Gillett (1-0, 84 mins), Kieffer Moore (2-0, 88 mins)
30. Jed Steer
2. Brendan Moloney 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
24. Seth Nana Twumasi 4. Joe Edwards 11. Sam Foley 27. Tom Eaves
23. Simon Gillett
9. James Hayter
12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett 10. AJ Leitch-Smith (90 mins for Tom Eaves) 13. Kieffer Moore (69 mins for James Hayter) 19. Liam Davis 28. Alex Smith
26. Jack Rose
6. Dean Winnard 25. Rob Atkinson 5. Tom Aldred 3. Michael Liddle
7. Shay McCartan 4. Luke Joyce 24. Andrew Procter 15. Piero Mingoia
14. Marcus Carver 33. Matt Crooks
8. Josh Windass (46 mins for Marcus Carver) 9. James Gray 11. Kal Naismith 12. Luke Simpson 16. Nicky Hunt 21. Lee Molyneux (67 mins for Piero Mingoia) 23. Anthony Barry
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Accrington Bookings: None.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 17.
Accrington Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 4; Fouls: 10.
Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight). Assistant Referees: Mark Derrien (Dorset) and Andrew Quin (Devon). Fourth Official: Dean Treleaven (West Sussex).
Attendance: 6,373 (with 167 Accrington supporters).