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SKY BET LEAGUE TWO STAN­LEY........................... 3 CARLISLE UNITED ......... 0 JACQUE TALBOT

SEAN McConville pro­duced two su­perb goals fol­low­ing Billy Kee’s opener, as Stan­ley moved reg­is­tered a 3-0 vic­tory over Carlisle United on Satur­day.

Main­tain­ing their record of scor­ing more than one goal in ev­ery league game this sea­son, the Reds stole the show, with Kee’s con­fi­dent fin­ish from close range and two mo­ments of magic by man of the match McConville, who scored with a sub­lime free-kick and a bril­liant in­di­vid­ual ef­fort.

An elated John Cole­man said after the game: “Today was a big test for us.

“Carlisle are a fan­tas­tic side; in this di­vi­sion, they would be everyone’s favourites to be top seven.

“They have re­cruited well over the last cou­ple of years, as they have got the fi­nance and sup­port to do it.

“So we knew it would be a tough game but we know that if we play to our strengths we can hurt teams.”

The tor­ren­tial rain be­fore kick-off and dur­ing play favoured Stan­ley’s style of play and that shone through.

In the open­ing mo­ments, Jor­dan Clark nipped the ball through to Kay­den Jack­son, but the for­ward’s re­sult­ing cross went safely into the keeper’s arms.

The first real chance of the match went to the vis­i­tors.

Richie Ben­nett went past both Mark Hughes and Far­rend Raw­son, in­side seven min­utes, be­fore opt­ing to cross but no one was there to meet the ball, as it trick­led across goal with Nicky Adams ar­riv­ing on the scene too late to take ad­van­tage.

Clark then at­tempted a spec­u­la­tive ef­fort from dis­tance, tak­ing the ball down, and shuf­fling to his left, he blasted a shot over the bar.

Then, McConville sparked into life and un­leashed a dev­as­tat­ing curl­ing shot from 35 yards, which clipped the top of the bar, in front of the away sup­port­ers, who watched with hearts in mouths.

The Reds were ahead in the 17th minute. A Mark Hughes header from the half­way line some­how found its way to Kee, who could not be­lieve his luck. With just the keeper to beat, he tucked the ball in the bot­tom right to give Stan­ley the ad­van­tage.

Jack­son looked through just be­fore the in­ter­val

Nathan Stirk

Sean McConville scored a brace of goals

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