UP FOR THE CUP
Accrington Stanley steal the show in the Carabao Cup first round
DELIGHTED manager John Coleman hailed the character of his troops after Accrington Stanley pulled off the shock of the first round by beating Preston North End.
Stanley won a thriller 3-2, thanks to Billy Kee’s last-gasp winner, and will now host West Bromwich Albion in the second round.
“It was a fantastic game,” said Coleman. “They have good players and so do we. We were more than a handful for them. I think we probably deserved to win and we showed bucketloads of character. This squad will only get better.”
Ben Richards-Everton gave Stanley a 20th-minute lead, but the highly-rated Jordan Hugill levelled for Preston on 70 minutes.
Jordan Clark put the hosts 2-1 up with four minutes left, but Hugill netted his second with a header in the first minute of injury time.
Then, Kee struck deep in stoppage time to seal a dramatic victory.
Stanley were the only team to beat opposition from two levels higher, though four League Two clubs got the better of League One opposition.
Cheltenham completed a memorable comeback in the A40 derby against
Oxford after they trailed the U’s 3-1 at half-time. Marvin Johnson, Rob Hall and Xemi Fernandez netted for Oxford in the first half, with Mohamed Eisa scoring for the Robins.
However, substitute Danny Wright struck twice in the second half, the second in the final minute, to force extra-time.
Eisa then bagged his second with a magnificent strike on 99 minutes to cap a remarkable turnaround.
Barnet made light work of League One opposition as they won 3-1 at Peterborough. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro fired the Bees into the lead, but Gwion Edwards equalised for Posh. Goals either side of the break from Mauro Vilhete and Shaquile Coulthirst sealed the Bees’ victory.
Keith Curle’s Carlisle pulled off an excellent 2-1 win at Fleetwood Town. Shaun Miller put the Cumbrians ahead, but Jordy Hiwula drew the Cod Army level to force extra-time.
Tom Miller then proved the hero with a 101stminute winner to send Carlisle through.
Shawn McCoulsky hit a double as Newport County shocked Phil Brown’s Southend 2-0 at Roots Hall. The 20-year-old, on loan from Bristol City, struck twice in six second-half minutes to stun the Shrimpers.
Che Adams struck his first hat-trick in professional football as Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham eased to a 5-1 victory against Harry Kewell’s Crawley.
Goals from David Davies and Robert Tesche compounded the misery for the Red Devils. Panutche Camara grabbed a late consolation. Ollie Watkins bagged his first goal for Brentford as the Championship side needed extra-time to see off battling AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow. The Dons and Bees cancelled each other out through goals from Paul Robinson and Romaine Sawyers respectively, but it was Brentford who pulled away in the extra period as Watkins and Justin Shaibu earned a 3-1 triumph. A waterlogged pitch forced the match between Grimsby and Derby to be abandoned – something you wouldn’t expect in midAugust. The Rams led through Richard Keogh’s fifthminute header, but the referee was forced to call a halt to proceedings with just 19 minutes played after torrential rain. The first round concluded on Thursday night as Sunderland travelled to Bury. A goal in the second half from George Honeyman was enough for Simon Grayson’s Black Cats to march on.
Barnsley 4 Morecambe 3; Bradford 2 Doncaster 3; Bristol City 5 Plymouth 0; Bristol Rovers 4 Cambridge United 1; Cardiff 2 Portsmouth 1; Coventry 1 Blackburn 3; Exeter 1 Charlton 2; Forest Green Rovers 0 MK Dons 1 (aet); Luton 0 Ipswich 2; Mansfield 0 Rochdale 1; Millwall 2 Stevenage 0; Norwich 3 Swindon 2; Nottingham Forest 2 Shrewsbury 1; QPR 1 Northampton 0; Reading 2 Gillingham 0; Rotherham 2 Lincoln 1; Scunthorpe 3 Notts County 3 (Scunthorpe won 6-5 on pens); Sheffield Wednesday 4 Chesterfield 1; Wigan 2 Blackpool 1; Wolves 1 Yeovil 0; Wycombe 0 Fulham 2; Colchester 1 Aston Villa 2; Crewe Alexandra 1 Bolton 2; Leeds 4 Port Vale 1; Oldham 2 Burton 3; Sheffield United 3 Walsall 2.
HITCHING A RIDE: Accrington Stanley’s Billy Kee is mobbed after scoring his late winner Insets: Che Adams scores for Birmingham, right, and the rain takes control at Grimsby, below