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REPORT | Rochdale Youth 1-3 Wrexham AFC

Owen Cushion hits two penalties as Red Dragons make it back-to-back wins

26 August 2023

Fixture News

REPORT | Rochdale Youth 1-3 Wrexham AFC

Owen Cushion hits two penalties as Red Dragons make it back-to-back wins

26 August 2023

Owen Cushion scored two penalties as Wrexham AFC Youth made it back-to-back wins in all competitions with a 3-1 victory against ten-man Rochdale Youth.

After a first win of the season last weekend, in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup against Lincoln City, the young Red Dragons followed it up with their first league win of the campaign.

New goalkeeper Liam Hall was between the sticks for the first time, while young pros Cushion and Aaron James were also in the Wrexham line-up.

Mateus Mane put the hosts in front in the first half, but Joe Akpan was sent off for handling a goalbound down and saw red shortly afterwards.

Cushion converted the penalty, and Harry Ashfield put Wrexham in front just before half-time. The Young Red Dragons twice hit the frame of the goal, but could not put the game out of sight until a quick free-kick caught the Dale defence out late on. From it, Wrexham won another penalty and Cushion converted to seal victory. 

Wrexham had the better of the game early on, with Rochdale keeper Lennon MacLorg making a number of good saves early on - including once shot tipped onto the crossbar.

Rochdale also hit the woodwork at the other end, after a key deflection, and grew into the game well. Their reward was the opening goal on 20 minutes, when Mane cut inside and curled the ball in, with Hall unable to keep it out.

Wrexham were handed a way back into the game on 28 minutes, however, when Tom Kelly's goalbound rebound - after MacLorg had pulled off yet another save - was handled by Akpan.

Akpan saw red, and Cushion converted the equalising goal to the goalkeeper's right.

Wrexham were inches away from leading when Rochdale were caught in possession, but Ashfield's shot hit the post, and the rebound deflected off a defender and onto the post once more.

Ashfield did get his goal in first-half stoppage time, however - sweeping the ball home from a left-wing cross.

The Rochdale goal continued to lead a charmed life after the break - a miscued defensive clearance hitting the bar on 56 minutes and dropping into MacLorg's arms.

Ashfield shot wide with a curling effort on 61 minutes, while Cushion's long-range flyer went wide on 74 minutes.

The visitors finally killed the game off on 87 minutes, however - a quick free-kick catching the hosts out, and resulting in Burgess conceding a penalty.

Cushion stepped up again, and hammered the ball in to seal Wrexham's first league win back in the EFL Youth Alliance.

Wrexham: Hall, Hayes, Kelly, Lussey, Nicholas, James, Edwards, Cushion, R.Owen, Ashfield, Rainbird

Subs: Wright, B.Owen, H.Roberts, Moore, Purvis



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