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Carlisle 0-3 Academy

3 March 2014

The young Lilywhites eased to a convincing away victory, defeating Carlisle United 3-0, as well as keeping a second successive clean sheet.

Goals from captain Tyler Forbes, Sam Livesey and Jordan Scott secured the win and ensured the Academy travelled home with all three points.

Nick Harrison named an unchanged team to the side that drew 0-0 at home to Bury in the previous fixture.

Early proceedings were fairly even and scrappy as both sides bided their time to settle in to the game; however Joe Whittington went close with an attempted lob after spotting the ‘keeper off his line.

The match started to open up after the quarter hour mark as the Academy looked to play with a little more freedom.

Livesey latched onto a flick on from Sean Holmes and beat his man to the ball, but the Carlisle goalkeeper got a hand to the ball when the striker tried to round him and the chance eluded him.

PNE started to dominate the midfield and looked threatening, but equally the Cumbrians weren’t lacklustre going forward, but the Lilywhites defence stood strong.

Carlisle worked a corner short and after a cross into the box, a Carlisle midfielder blazed his shot wide of the post, the first time Ross Dalton’s goal had really been threatened.

After 30 minutes Whittington wriggled free of his man and unleashed a curling effort that just went over the bar.

Shortly after, the Carlisle keeper spilled a low drive from Livesey but quickly gathered the ball at the second attempt.

The Academy were edging closer to that allusive breakthrough however.

Holmes beat the offside trap and found himself on the left side of the penalty area where his cross didn’t quite find Whittington who was waiting for a tap in.

PNE keeper Dalton, pulled off a fantastic save to his bottom left corner to keep his side from going one down.

North End did find the breakthrough however, when Scott put the Academy one up with a free kick just on the stroke of half-time, as his strike missed everyone and snuck its way past the Carlisle keeper.

Livesey quickly made it two in the 51st minute, after Whittington’s corner made its way to the young striker, who was in the right place at the right time to hook it home from six yards.

Livesey then missed a glorious chance to make it three, after Holmes squared the ball to him ten yards out, but he fired well over the crossbar. 

In the 61st minute, PNE wrapped up the three points, after George Gray’s perfect cross found Whittington, whose header was parried by Carlisle’s ‘keeper straight to skipper Forbes to tap in.

Josh Sampson missed a chance to make it 4-0 as he got on the end of Whittington’s corner, but he headed straight at the ‘keeper.

Livesey then rose highest at the back post as he met Nick Anderton’s curling cross but headed just wide of the post.

PNE started to dictate the tempo of the match and were carving out opportunities.

Dalton was still on hand however to pull off two fantastic saves, firstly to his top left corner, then tipping a long range effort onto the bar to maintain a cleansheet.

With a commanding lead, manager Nick Harrison seized the opportunity to make his substitutions, as on came Luke Pritchard in replacement of Tom Bunclarke, as well as Lyle Magolis for Livesey.

Carlisle had one last effort, as a stunning 25 yard free kick hit the upright with Dalton well beaten.

Harrison’s final change was James Quigley with Whittington making way.

Overall it was a thoroughly professional performance from the Academy, with the defence having a solid game, whilst the midfield dominated and were able to use the wingers to great effect.

PNE Academy Starting XI: Dalton, Gray, Anderton, Scott, Sampson, Roscoe, Whittington, Holmes, Livesey, Bunclarke, Forbes

Used subs: Magolis, Pritchard, Quigley

Un-used subs: Harry Hagon and Matthew Hudson

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