Match Details: 06/02/2018
Yeovil Town 3-2 Fleetwood Town
Checkatrade Trophy Quarter-Final
Yeovil Goals: Own Goal (23), Corey Whelan (56), Francois Zoko (90)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Jared Bird, 9. Rhys Browne, 10. Jake Gray, 14. Sam Surridge, 15. Jordan Green, 17. Omar Sowunmi, 18. Alex Fisher, 22. Corey Whelan, 23. Tom James,
Subs: 8. Connor Smith, 11. Ryan Dickson, 12. Jonny Maddison, 13. Francois Zoko, 20. Oscar Gobern, 27. Shaun Donnellan, 30. Alefe Santos
Substitutes Used: Francois Zoko for Sam Surridge (61 mins), Alefe Santos for Rhys Browne (84 mins), Connor Smith for Jared Bird (90 mins)
Yeovil Town grabbed a late winner to seal a place in the EFL Trophy Semi-Finals on Tuesday night. Their 3-2 win over Fleetwood Town set up a trip to Shrewsbury Town, after Francois Zoko scored his 11th goal of the season in the 90th minute of the match. The game looked as though it was heading to penalties, with Cian Bolger having given the Cod Army the lead before he headed into his own net. Liverpool loanee Corey Whelan fired Yeovil ahead, but former Glovers loanee Jordy Hiwula struck a close range equaliser that tied the game, until Zoko produced some late drama to send Yeovil through.
The Glovers went into match making four changes to their starting line-up, with Jared Bird replacing the cup-tied Lewis Wing, Corey Whelan coming in for Ryan Dickson, Rhys Browne displacing Alefe Santos and Alex Fisher coming in for Francois Zoko. In the opposition line-up former loanee Jordy Hiwula started, but there was no place for Paddy Madden who had played for Scunthorpe earlier in the competition.
Hiwula almost scored early on when he fired over the bar from close range, as the visitors started well. At the other end, Jordan Green had a shot saved at the near post for Yeovil's first chance. However the League One side were in the ascendancy, with Markus Schwabl's long range effort being palmed for a corner. From that set piece though, the visitors scored the opening goal of the game, as Kevin O'Connor flighted a ball that found defender Cian Bolger in rather too much free space to head home.
As Conor McAleny shot wide of the goal from outside the box, it was to be an eventful first half experience for Cian Bolger. With the Glovers not having imposed themselves too much on the match at this stage, they grabbed themselves an equalising goal six minutes after the opener. A Jake Gray corner ended up being headed into his own net by Bolger to level the scores out at 1-1 - Bolger at both ends!
Although they hadn't scored the goal, the equaliser seemed to lift Yeovil, as Alex Fisher's shot was well saved by Alex Cairns, and Fleetwood's defence began to get a bit rattled, with a few panicked clearances and bookings for fouls as they were pushed out of their stride. As such, Yeovil went in at the break as the team with their tails up the most.
That theme was to continue after the half time rest, with Yeovil taking the lead eleven minutes into the half from an unexpected source. Liverpool defender Corey Whelan had been drafted in to play as a right-back for the evening, and so wasn't expected to be too advanced for a corner kick that Fleetwood conceded. However, when the ball was only half cleared, he picked the ball up outside the box, and fired through a crowd of players and into the corner of the net for a 2-1 lead.
Fleetwood made all three substitutions in an attempt to rescue to the tie, with first teamers Kyle Dempsey and Ashley Hunter notable in the closing stages. At that point, Yeovil began to look a little leggy, conceding a lot of possession, albeit with Fleetwood struggling to get good goalmouth attempts - Conor McAleny's drive through into the penalty box was one of their best efforts as the Yeovil defence backed off, but his shot went wide of the target.
But ten minutes from time, the 33 Cod Army followers thought they were taking the game to penalties, when their team equalised. A fierce cross into the box from Ashley Hunter wasn't held by Artur Krysiak, and the ball dropped to the feet of former Glover Jordy Hiwula who stabbed the ball home from close range for a 2-2 scoreline.
Just when it seemed as though the game was going for penalties - the substitution of Jared Bird for Connor Smith looked suspiciously like a case of Darren Way getting one of his spot kickers onto the pitch - the game decided to finish in normal play. The other two substitutes ensured that wasn't needed. Alefe Santos produced an excellent ball over the top of the Fleetwood defence, allowing Francois Zoko to get in behind the back line. He drew the keeper out, and then fired past him for a 90th minute winning goal - 3-2 up, and no way back for the League One side, as the Glovers sealed their trip to Shrewsbury Town in the semi-finals of the competition.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Fleetwood Town 2.
Scorers: Cian Bolger (0-1, 17 mins), Cian Bolger (1-1, 23 mins, own goal), Corey Whelan (2-1, 56 mins), Jordy Hiwula (2-2, 80 mins), Francois Zoko (3-2, 90 mins)
1. Artur Krysiak
22. Corey Whelan 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 23. Tom James
9. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 4. Jared Bird 15. Jordan Green
14. Sam Surridge 18. Alex Fisher
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 8. Connor Smith (90 mins for Jared Bird) 11. Ryan Dickson 13. Francois Zoko (61 mins for Sam Surridge) 20. Oscar Gobern 27. Shaun Donnellan 30. Alefe Santos (84 mins for Rhys Browne)
21 Alex Cairns
2 Lewie Coyle 5 Ashley Eastham 12 Cian Bolger 3 Kevin O'Connor
28 Jack Sowerby 23 Markus Schwabl 11 Bobby Grant
9 Wes Burns 7 Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila 10 Conor McAleny
8 Kyle Dempsey (71 mins from Bobby Grant) 13 Joe Maguire 22 Ashley Hunter (72 mins for Wes Burns) 27 Harrison Biggins (58 mins for Markus Schwabl) 29 Nathan Sheron 30 Michael Donohue 31 William Crellin
Fleetwood Town Bookings: Conor McAleny (foul, 30 mins), Jack Sowerby (foul, 45 mins), Markus Schwabl (foul, 55 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 3; Fouls: 9.
Fleetwood Town Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.
Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistants: Garry Maskell (London) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex). Fourth Official: John Busby (Oxfordshire).
Attendance: 1,314 (with 33 Fleetwood Town supporters).