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Stanley 2 Fleetwood 1

Second half goals seal win against 10-man Town in Trophy group clash

3 September 2019

Wilson Carvalho scored his first Stanley goal and Sean McConville made the game safe as the Reds won their opening Trophy Northern Group B clash against Fleetwood, who were down to 10-men for 65 minutes.

In a feisty first half, Harrison Biggins was sent off for the Cod Army for a challenge on McConville and Stanley made their man-advantage count in the second half thanks to Carvalho’s deflected strike and McConville’s fine finish.

A late Paddy Madden penalty was a consolation for Joey Barton's men.

There were four players making their debuts for the Reds – goalkeeper Toby Savin, who came through the youth ranks, summer signings Lamine Kaba Sherif and Carvalho with Phil Edwards making his second Stanley debut.

It was highly-rated Savin who was the first keeper in action, producing a superb one-handed save to keep out a Ched Evans close range strike in the 10th minute.

Stanley were breaking quickly and appealed for a penalty for a Lewie Coyle challenge on Joe Pritchard on 14 minutes but referee Darren Handley said no.

There was a delay in the 17th minute as Fleetwood’s Wes Burns had treatment and was then stretchered off following a challenge in the centre of the park by Kaba Sherif.

Tempers were spilling over and Biggins saw red in the 25th minute for a challenge near the dug outs which resulted in a number of players coming together.

Kaba Sherif, after picking up a booking, was then substituted by John Coleman on 30 minutes with Sam Finley replacing him.

Chances were at a premium but Stanley came close to almost breaking the deadlock immediately after the restart with McConville denied a goal by the foot of keeper Alex Cairns.

Stanley pressed and got their rewards in the 52nd minute when Carvalho’s strike from the edge of the area was deflected off Jordan Rossiter beyond Cairns – and he went over to the Reds bench to celebrate.

Savin produced another good save on 61 minutes from Evans as Joey Barton’s side enjoyed a strong spell of possession.

However Stanley made it safe on 72 minutes with a sweeping move ending with McConville stroking the ball home from the left of the area.

Finley almost added a third but fired just wide from distance and, in injury time, sub Madden slotted home a penalty after handball.

Stanley’s group also includes Oldham and Liverpool Under 21s.

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