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Spireites Roar Back to Beat Villa

15 December 2014

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An incredible comeback saw the Spireites come from two goals down to win an amazing game 3-2 and beat Premier League side Aston Villa in the FA Youth Cup third round.

Goals from Jordan Walshaw, Kabine Dumbuya and Tope Fowodu scored the goals that grabbed a victory to be remembered for a long time to come and see the Spireites progress to the fourth round.

The young Spireites made a strong start to the first half, Jake Beesley combining well with Fowodu to send the former running clear. Beesley attempted to pull the ball back but it was cut out at the near post for a corner.

After the Spireites had looked the sharper in the opening five minutes, the class of the visitors started to show through.

The strike partnership of Khalid Abdo and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy was linking well and the latter carved out two good openings for himself, forcing good saves from Spirieites 'keeper Myles Wright.

On 30 minutes Wright was beaten however, from the penalty spot. A deep saw a Villa attacker sent sprawling and a spot kick awarded. Captain Abdo stepped up and confidentally slotted the ball into the bottom right corner.

The Villains were in control but increasingly towards the break the Spireites were coming forwards and doing their best to force the issue. Mason Coy had the host's best chance, the ball falling to him on the edge of the box but his shot deflected wide of the target.

Any half time feelings of home optimism were punctured 70 seconds into the second period when a sublime Abdo through ball found Hepburn-Murphy running free at pace, sotting home calmly to double the visitor's advantage.

However, three minutes later and the tide seem less turned as the Spireites struck back. A searching ball invited Walshaw to shoot and his effort was superb, lasering past the 'keeper and into the far bottom corner.

Back in the contest and the Spireites were revving up in their attempts for an equaliser. Sugden hit a freekick that deflected and forced a fine save from Charlie Bannister, while another Sugden delivery eluded, just, two men at the back post and drifted a yard wide.

Villa did have the ball in the net for what Hepburn-Murphy thoight was his sdie's third, though he turned frustratedly to see the assistant with his offside flag raised

With 20 minutes left, the Spireites came close again to a leveller, swirling in a freekick that confused Bannister, though the 'keeper just managed to recover and tip the ball onto his crossbar.

Ten minutes remaining and the Spireites drew themselves level. A long ball saw a Villa defender miss his clearance and substitute Kabine roared through and finished in fine fashion, high and past the 'keeper.

Four minutes later and incredibly the Spireites had an unbelievable lead. A Sugden corner found Fowodu lurking ten yards from goal and the striker fired home an unstoppable volley before being mobbed by his disbelieving team mates. 

The win sets up a fourth round tie away at Leicester City or Wigan Athletic, who play their third round tie on Wednesday evening.

The last five minutes dripped by slowly, but euphoria finally erupted at the final whistle as the Spireites claimed their place in the fourth round after the most unbelievable of comebacks.

Through to the fourth round, the young Spireites will take on Leicester City or Wigan Athletic, who play their third round tie on Wednesday evening.

Chesterfield: Wright (gk), Massey, Randle, Sugden, Holmes, Maguire (c), Ovenden, Coy, Beesley, Walshaw

Substitutes: Morrision, Smith (gk), Hudson, Daswell, Kabine 

Aston Villa: Bannister (gk), Strain, Hailey, Hale, Lyons-Foster, Sundman, Taylor, Sulima, Hepburn-Murphy,

Goals:

Chesterfield: Walshaw 51', Kabine 80', Fowodu 84'

Aston Villa: Abdo 30' (pen), Hepburn-Murphy 47'

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