Mitchley and Murray at the double as Mariners sail through cup-tie
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Marine 5 MARINE put in a five-star performance in Manchester on Saturday as they brushed aside Atherton Collieries with a 5-1 win to progress to the FA Trophy third qualifying round.
Captain Danny Mitchley bagged two goals – both composed finishes, James Murray capped an electric second half performance with two well-taken goals and ex-Colls man Vinny Bailey excelled throughout the game to score one and assist three.
It was an excellent all-round performance from the Mariners on a bright but chilly day at the Kensite Stadium.
It was an even contest in the first half with some fullblooded tackles going in but Michael Brewster in particular stood firm in the middle of the park and Bailey covered lots of ground across the pitch.
The Mariners drew first blood with an excellent finish from Mitchley with just eight minutes on the clock. After some great work by Bailey down the right Mitchley took his chance well and drilled the ball home.
Marine continued to press with a Mitchley chip sailing just over and a lovely cross from Murray fired across goal.
But it was Atherton who then applied some pressure with a series of corners that resulted in Chris Lynch bundling the ball home.
Murray provided an explosive start to the second half with a beautifully taken header to put Marine 2-1 ahead after 48 minutes. Florian Da Silva terrorised the Atherton right-back Kris Holt throughout the second half and shortly after had a great chance from a pinpoint assist from Brewster.
On the hour mark the floodgates opened. Mitchley got his second of the game with another cool and composed finish from a Bailey through-ball.
With 25 minutes to go James Edgar came on for James Short in what was a straight swap at left-back.
Marine looked firmly in control and Bailey capped a brilliant performance with a well taken goal to put Marine ahead by 4-1.
Then the icing on the cake. As the Marine fans formed a conga line, Murray controlled the ball with his left boot before volleying home to settle the contest at 5-1. It was no more than the Mariners deserved as they showed the gulf in class between the teams in the second half.
Marine went into yesterday’s draw for the FA Trophy third qualifying round with the fixture scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 25.
The Mariners return to league action on Saturday in an important clash at Halesowen Town. The match kicks-off at 3pm.