Magpies lose but deserve much more

Chorley FC put in an excellent performance but struggled to convert chances in a 0-1 home defeat against a Manchester United XI.

The Magpies started off brightly stringing several passes together and dominating the early periods.

And the domination showed as right midfielder Carlos Roca had a chipped effort just loop over the crossbar and then in the third minute

Tom Ince got in behind the United centre halfs and was bundled down leaving the referee no option but to point to the penalty spot.

Ince dusted himself down to take the penalty but it was poorly struck and gave goalkeeper Pier Luigi Gollini a comfortable save diving to his right.

United broke after Gollini quickly released the ball, United broke but goalkeeper Sam Ashton was on hand to make a smart diving save.

But just after the quarter of an hour mark, United struck a tame effort from Tom Lawrence was spilled by Ashton and left a comfortable tap in

for left back Louis Rowley.

But the goal did not despair Garry Flitcroft’s boys and Darren Stephenson produced a smart save from Gollini and then Ince thought he grabbed an equaliser.

He headed in a Dale Whitam shot come cross but the celebrations were short lived as the assistant correctly ruled him to be offside.

The second half didn’t produce the quality of the first half.

Substitutions slowed the tempo of the game and both goalkeepers had little to do.

Andreas Perreira who was one of two professionals on show received the only yellow card of the match after deliberately hacking down substitute Porya Ahmadi.

Whitam and Ahmadi had the best two efforts of the half as a rasping strike from Whitam was tipped over by Gollini and Ahmadi twisted and turned in the area

but his shot was struck poorly and straight at Gollini.

The defeat is Chorley’s third in a row after defeats to Preston North End and Bolton Wanderers.

But manager Flitcroft wasn’t unhappy as his side dominated large periods of the game,

He said: “We played excellent tonight and it’s really good to see your side playing well and tough to beat.

“The sides we have played have been excellent and I’m looking to the Euxton Villa game this Saturday to show what we can really do.”

Chorley travel to Euxton Villa this Saturday for their fourth pre-season friendly of the summer. Kick off is at 3pm with the entrance fee £3.

25% of takings will be donated to Derian House with the rest going towards Euxton Villa.