Match Report – Torquay United 3-1 Barrow

A disappointing afternoon for the Bluebirds in Devon saw them fall to defeat after three quick second half goals for the home side.

 

Torquay United:

TORQUAY:

Dorel, Efete, Davis, McGinty (C), Gowling, Young, Barnes, Romain, Dowling, Balatoni, Williams.

SUBS:

Osborn, Keating, Gosling, Reid, Osborn, Evans.

GOALS:

McGinty (52′), Dowling (55′), Young (66′).

 

Barrow:

BARROW:

Arnold, Barthram, Jones, Diarra, Cook, Hall, Gomis, Humphrey, Panayiotou, Holt, James.

SUBS:

Dixon, White, Bauress, Diagne, Harrison.

GOALS:

Harrison (74′ Pen)

 

Attendance:

1553 (Inlcuding 53 Barrow supporters – thanks for your fantastic support).

 

A disappointing afternoon for the Bluebirds in Devon saw them fall to defeat after three quick second half goals for the home side.

On a bright, but cold day Torquay kicked off towards the Barrow faithful behind the right hand goal. The Bluebirds first chance to get into the home penalty area was after 3 minutes when Dan Jones played in a trademark long throw, but it came to nothing as the ball sat on the roof of the net.

The hosts had the first real chance of the game just a minute later. A quick break saw them win a corner which was swung in by Luke Young and met by McGinty, his glancing header flashing wide of the far post to the relief of the Bluebirds defence.

Barrow followed that up with a more direct approach. A long diagonal ball from the boot of Dan Jones evaded the home defence but Grant Holt was in an offside position.

This was followed by possibly our best chance of the game on 8 minutes. The ball made its way to Barthram who lofted a cross in to Holt, but he couldn’t steer his header on target as it slid past the post. The Bluebirds then had another chance as Asa Hall’s shot was well blocked by the home defender.

Despite picking up the first booking of the afternoon, Asa Hall going into the book after a late challenge, the Bluebirds were back in and around the Torquay area as a cross found it’s way to Chris Humphrey at the back post. He fired a low ball back across goal but couldn’t pick out a Barrow forward.

Another long ball from Jones on 25 minutes evaded the Torquay defence, but unfortunately for the Bluebirds, also evaded the outstretched leg of Grant Holt.

Torquay then got to grips with the game and had two quickfire chances. First a shot from Liam Davis that curled comfortably wide of Arnold’s post, before the debutant keeper easily gathered a shot from Jennison Myrie-Williams.

Steve Arnold then had to be at his best twice to first pull off a low diving save from Williams acrobatic effort, before diving at the feet of Elliott Romain to steal the ball from the Torquay forward.

The half time whistle blew after 45 minutes of football which was entertaining enough without any real chances. Holt’s header for Barrow and an acrobatic effort by Williams for Torquay being the only meaningful chances.

After the hosts got the second half underway athey started the second half brightly. A free kick on the edge of the area was flashed wide, a warning sign for the Bluebirds which wasn’t heeded.

Two goals in 4 minutes gave the Bluebirds a mountain to climb.

The impressive Arnold pulled off yet another good save from a McGinty header, but the resulting corner found Josh Gowling and whilst he couldn’t get the ball over the line, it was forced home by McGinty to give the hosts the lead.

Their lead was doubled after Dowling did well to find space before firing a low shot into the back of the net.

The Bluebirds needed a response but it didn’t arrive and it was the hosts who grabbed the next goal. Hard work from Michee Efete paid off as he gained possesion and squared it for Luke Young to score with 66 minutes played.

The introduction of Byron Harrison, Brad Bauress and Jordan White seemed to spur the Bluebirds into life and they then had their brightest spell of the second half.

The bright spell was rewarded after 75 minutes as Luke James was brought down in the area, the referee pointing to the spot before Byron Harrison sent Vincent Dorel the wrong way.

As they pressed for a second goal Jordan White did well to chase the goalkeeper down, blocking his clearance before the hosts managed to clear. Byron Harrison then rose highest in the box, nodding the ball down to Jack Barthram who couldn’t get any real power behind his shot.

Ollie Cook was the fourth and final Barrow player to go into the book shortly before the fourth official indicated 4 minutes of added time.

The final whistle soon followed with the Bluebirds tasting defeat on the road for the first time since the 3-2 defeat at Chester back in October.