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Spireites Defeat Torquay

15 February 2014

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Chesterfield stage a late comeback at home to Torquay United, coming from behind to win 3-1. The result means they remain three points clear at the top of League 2.

Jay O’Shea scored twice after Eoin Doyle had cancelled out the opening goal from Shamir Goodwin.

O’Shea had the first chance of the game in the fourth minute. Damon Lathrope’s back heel was chased down by Eoin Doyle, who moved it across to Dan Gardner and finally onto O’Shea who took the ball to a tight angle and rocketed his shot off the Torquay bar.

It was a bright start from the Spireites who looked to be passing well and seemed to be having the upper hand over Torquay but the game soon lost its momentum.

Chesterfield managed to put in some great balls into the box but they were all too close to Torquay keeper Michael Poke who collected easily.

Torquay did manage to conjure up a few chances with both Joss Labadie and Anthony O’Connor pulling their shots wide of Tommy Lee’s goal.

There was a half-hearted penalty appeal as we moved into the last ten minutes of the half when Torquay right-back Dale Tonge brought down winger Gardner after some great harrying by Doyle. Referee Carl Boyeson waved away the appeals.

The only corner of the half came with just over a minute to go in the first half. Ritchie Humphreys played a one-two with Doyle and his deep cross tried to find the run of Gardner but Poke spotted the danger and managed to collect the ball comfortably.

The second half started with a bang as within five minutes of the restart the visitors took the lead through Goodwin. The winger, who broke away after Torquay dealt with a corner in a somewhat scrappy manner, ran from his own half into the Spireites box and hammered home into the roof of the net.

But the Spireites fought back well and six minutes later, striker Doyle was gifted a goal by Poke whose poor clearance fell to the feet of the Irishman who slotted past the stationary keeper.

Chesterfield then parked into life and continued to press and bang on the Torquay door. Some great chances fell to substitute Armand Gnanduillet who just couldn’t find the back of the net.

But it took them until the last ten minutes to finally hit the back of the net again when O’Shea beat Poke with a fine strike. The winger took the ball and from the edge of the penalty area he rifled it into the bottom corner of the net.

Torquay had a great chance to score when Goodwin’s shot rattled the foot of a post and  substitute Conor Wilkinson then put the rebound wide.

The points were secured deep into stoppage time when O’Shea doubled his tally after being given acres of space by the Torquay defence. The move started with Gnanduillet who put the ball out to Gary Roberts whose low cross found O’Shea who had all the time in the world to pick out a corner and slot home.

Chesterfield: Lee; Darikwa, Evatt (c), Cooper, Humphreys; Ryan, Morsy, O'Shea, Banks (Gnanduillet 55'), Gardner (Roberts 55'); Doyle (Hird 84').

Subs: Dunbavin, Togwell, Smith, Richards.

Torquay United: Poke; Tonge, Pearce, Lathrope (Downes 75'), Mansell, Chapell (82' Cameron), Goodwin, Labadie, Stockley (Wilkinson 75'), Cruise, O'Connor.

Subs: Nicholson, Hawley, Rice, O'Brien.

Goals: Chesterfield (Doyle 56', O'Shea 80', 90+4') 3 - 1 Torquay United (Goodwin 50')

Attendance: 5912 (238 Torquay United)

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