Match Details: 09/08/2016
Walsall 0-2 Yeovil Town
Carling Cup First Round
Yeovil Goals: Own Goal (103), Matthew Dolan (111)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 2. Liam Shephard, 4. Matthew Dolan, 6. Alex Lacey, 7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 9. Tom Eaves, 10. Otis Khan, 11. Ryan Dickson, 16. Matt Butcher, 23. Ryan Hedges
Subs: 5. Bevis Mugabi, 12. Jonny Maddison, 17. Omar Sowunmi, 19. Tahvon Campbell, 20. Joe Lea,
Substitutes Used: Bevis Mugabi for Liam Shephard (54 mins), Tahvon Campbell for Otis Khan (101 mins), Omar Sowunmi for Tom Eaves (116 mins)
Bookings: Kevin Dawson (Foul, 40), Matthew Dolan (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 112), Tom Eaves (Foul, 114)
Yeovil Town knocked League One side Walsall out of the EFL Cup at the First Round stage tonight, after two extra time goals sealed the win. The additional 30 minutes saw West Bromwich Albion loanee Tahvon Campbell credited with the opening goal after the home side failed to clear a Ryan Hedges free kick into the box, with some Saddlers fans at that end of the ground believing it may have come off one of their player's heads. Then came the goal of the night, as midfielder Matt Dolan spotted goalkeeper Neil Etheridge out of position shortly after the home side had taken a free kick, and he returned the ball from the halfway line, leaving the keeper scrambling and to put Yeovil into the Second Round.
The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their side that took to the field against Notts County on the weekend. AFC Bournemouth loanee Matt Butcher came into the side for his full debut, perhaps surprisingly taking a centre-back position for the evening. With Nathan Smith out with a foot injury and Darren Ward's knee problem having flared up, Yeovil were down to just five substitutes for the match, with Ollie Bassett apparently fit but not selected.
Yeovil had the lion's share of the first half, with the pace of Ryan Hedges and Otis Khan upsetting the home side. Matt Dolan forced a save from a header, whilst Ryan Hedges had two quick chances - one that was palmed away for a corner, with another going over the bar after Liam Shephard had set him up on the counter-attack. Walsall really only had one chance on the 45 minute period, with Erhun Oztumer forcing Artur Krysiak into an excellent save, with the subsequent corner causing some concern as it curled in, forcing the keeper to palm the ball away rather uncomfortably.
The second period was much more even, with a few clues having come from a prior ten minute period in which the Saddlers had found their feet a little. Former Glover Joe Edwards shot well wide of the target, with him playing a right-back role for the Saddlers since his summer move from Colchester United. One downside to the half was that Swansea City loanee Liam Shephard picked up a kick on the ankle or Achilles that forced him off the field, with Bevis Mugabi replacing him at right-back - Shephard tried to continue, but it was clear with his hobbling that he was not in a fit state to do so.
In the closing stages of the ninety minutes, both sides tried to win it, with Walsall making all three substitutions early - a risky decision they were to probably later regret. Alex Lacey had to block out a Simeon Jackson header for a corner, but at the other end Alex Lawless struck a 20 yard effort just over the bar, whilst Tom Eaves shot wide from a cross with two minutes to go. Then during injury time, Matt Dolan could have won it with a well taken free kick that was finger tipped around the post for a corner.
In truth, both sides had produced a lot of shots, but without the two keepers being involved in enough of them. It therefore took extra time to settle it. Walsall were hampered during this period by a clear injury to Adam Chambers who missed the final ten minutes of normal time with a hamstring problem. He came back on for extra time but was clearly in problems, leaving the Saddlers stretched at times.
During extra time, Tahvon Campbell was introduced - a player that Walsall knew very well because he had spent much of pre-season on trial for them. They chose not to take him on, and a couple of minutes after his introduction they were maybe regretting that. A Ryan Hedges free kick was put into the box, and amidst a crowd of players, the ball landed in the back of the net with Campbell the credited scorer, even if Walsall fans at that end suspected that Walsall substitute Amadou Bakayoko might be the guilty party - no question of who is most likely to want the goal. 1-0 up!
At the other end, Amadou Bakayoko was most definitely involved when Walsall struck the top of the crossbar as he tried for an immediate response. But 111 minutes into the match came a moment of craziness. Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge had just taken a free kick for his club deep in his own half and when Walsall lose possession, Matt Dolan spotted an opportunity. Striking the ball from the halfway line, he spotted the goalkeeper off his line, and struck a 50-60 yard shot direct into the back of the net, with Etheridge never recovering his ground. 2-0 and now cruising.
Walsall never recovered from that with their tired limbs never likely to get two goals back in the remaining nine minutes. For the Glovers, they had to be patient and wait for their moment to get the win, and will have their own tiredness to contend with for Saturday's trip to Luton. But as a start to the 2016-17 season, two 2-0 victories, and a goal that fans will want to rewatch a few times over the next few days, scored against a side who were in the League One play-offs at the end of last season, that's about as good as they could have hoped for.
Final Score: Walsall 0 Yeovil Town 2.
Scorers: Amadou Bakayoko (103 mins, 0-1, own goal), Matt Dolan (111 mins, 0-2)
1. Neil Etheridge
2. Joe Edwards 16. Matt Preston 5. Jason McCarthy 3. Rico Henry
7. Adam Chambers 6. George Dobson 11. Kieron Morris 10. Erhun Oztumer
18. Josh Ginnelly 9. Simeon Jackson
13. Craig MacGillivray 15. Liam Kinsella (69 mins for George Dobson) 20. Amadou Bakayoko (69 mins for Erhun Oztumer) 21. Kacy Butterfield 24. Kory Roberts 25. Qamaruddin Maziar Kouhyar 33. Andreas Makris (63 mins for Josh Ginnelly)
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard, 6. Alex Lacey, 16. Matt Butcher, 11. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 23. Ryan Hedges.
Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi (54 mins for Liam Shephard) 17. Omar Sowunmi (116 mins for Tom Eaves) 19. Tahvon Campbell (101 mins for Otis Khan) 20. Joe Lea
Walsall Bookings: Matt Preston (foul, 79 mins), Rico Henry (foul, 90 mins), Joe Edwards (foul, 106 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (foul, 40 mins), Matt Dolan (excessive celebration, 112 mins), Tom Eaves (foul, 114 mins)
Walsall Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 6; Fouls: 13.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 24; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 9; Fouls: 24.
Referee: Robert Jones (Merseyside). Assistants: Peter Gooch (Lancashire) and Mark Jones (Nottinghamshire). Fourth Official: Kevin Morris (Herefordshire).
Attendance: 2,699 (with 166 Yeovil supporters).
NOTE: The Football League have since confirmed that Amadou Bakayoko was the scorer of the first Yeovil goal.