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Match Report: Stockport County 1-0 Barrow AFC

19 August 2023

Club News

Match Report: Stockport County 1-0 Barrow AFC

19 August 2023

Barrow’s second successive away trip in the past five days resulted in their first defeat of the new campaign.

A deflected second-half shot from on loan Aston Villa forward Louie Barry settled the tie for the home side.

Pete Wild shuffled the pack ahead of kick-off, making four changes from Tuesday’s draw at Accrington Stanley. Junior Tiensia, Sam Foley, Emile Acquah, and Courtney Duffus replaced Elliot Newby, Kian Spence, Jamie Proctor, and Ged Garner.

Furthermore, teenager Sean Etaluku was handed his senior debut, after being introduced on the 75-minute mark.

The Bluebirds were the first to threaten at Edgeley Park. Dean Campbell and Tiensia linked well down the left flank, before the latter whipped a cross across the box that narrowly evaded Duffus.

The former Stockport man was involved once again four minutes later. He worked with Acquah to fashion himself an opportunity, however the hosts’ backline managed to prevent Duffus after he failed to get sufficient power behind his attempt.

Stockport County then created an opportunity of their own. Starman Isaac Olaofe found himself with a clear route to goal. When the time came to strike, he was put off by onrushing keeper Josh Lillis, who spread himself superbly to stop the shot.

County continued to threaten, but Dean Campbell was on hand to thwart this time, somehow making up enough ground to prevent a dangerous shot from Barry.

After a strong 15 minutes from Stockport, the Bluebirds threatened once more when Tyrell Warren flicked a David Worrall long throw into the path of Foley, who narrowly missed the target with an audacious overhead kick.

Immediately after the restart, a set of George Ray heroics kept the scoreline level. County captain Paddy Madden was found inside the 18-yard box and fired across goal, but Barrow’s number five was perfectly placed to block on the line.

A lively second half continued with a quick flurry of Hatters chances that went begging. The best of the bunch forced a fantastic save from Josh Lillis. The stopper was on hand to tip Ryan Rydel’s powerful strike expertly over the crossbar.

A few Barrow efforts from range, courtesy of Tiensia and Tom White, failed to break up the Stockport momentum.

The hosts continued to create and found an opener as a result. Loanee Barry opened his account for the club, thanks to a shot that deflected off the head of Foley and beyond Lillis.

Barrow dominated possession during the final ten minutes, but the equaliser alluded them, meaning Wild’s side fell to their first defeat of the season.

The Bluebirds now have a week until their next contest, which is a big one. Wrexham travel to the SO Legal Stadium next Saturday.

Barrow starting XI: Lillis; Worrall (Etaluku, 75), Warren, Ray, Canavan, Tiensia; Foley (Spence, 69), White (Newby,75), Campbell; Acquah (Gotts, 75), Duffus (Proctor, 25).


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