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Carlisle United 3-2 Hartlepool United

Ten-man Carlisle edged out Hartlepool 3-2 in a thriller at Brunton Park, extending their unbeaten run to 13 games and equalling their best-ever league start.

A purposeful opening from the visitors had Carlisle on the back foot, with Lewis Hawkins and Nathan Thomas fizzing shots narrowly off target.

However, it was Carlisle who struck first in the 20th minute when a quick break down the left and a pinpoint cross from Shaun Miller provided Jabo Ibehre with a simple side-foot finish from six yards.

The home side spurned a great chance to make it two before the break when Miller seized on a loose ball just inside the area only to lash his shot over the crossbar.

Carlisle missed a double opportunity four minutes into the second half when goalkeeper Trevor Carson just managed to get a hand to Jason Kennedy's close-range effort and Ibehre ballooned the loose ball high over from four yards when it looked easier to score.

Miller, having been booked in the first half for kicking the ball away, was shown a second yellow and sent off in the 57th minute for deliberate handball, before Lewis Alessandra cut in from the left to power an unstoppable shot past Mark Gillespie for the equaliser.

Danny Grainger restored Carlisle's lead three minutes later, belting a low 25-yard shot into the bottom corner after receiving a short free-kick from Nicky Adams.

Pools made it 2-2 in the 75th minute when Padraig Amond, at close range, was able to apply the finish after Gillespie had saved Billy Paynter's original drive, then Carlisle went straight back in front five minutes later when Michael Raynes scored with a towering header from Grainger's corner.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Carlisle

  • 1Gillespie
  • 23Miller
  • 5Raynes
  • 12Gillesphey
  • 3GraingerBooked at 63mins
  • 7Kennedy
  • 8Jones
  • 4Joyce
  • 10AdamsSubstituted forAsamoahat 70'minutesSubstituted forBrisleyat 83'minutes
  • 14IbehreSubstituted forWykeat 58'minutes
  • 20MillerBooked at 56mins

Substitutes

  • 6Ellis
  • 9Wyke
  • 11Asamoah
  • 15Brisley
  • 17Devitt
  • 19Lambe
  • 22Crocombe

Hartlepool

  • 1Carson
  • 19RichardsSubstituted forPaynterat 60'minutes
  • 26HarrisonBooked at 67mins
  • 22Nsiala
  • 3CarrollSubstituted forWoodsat 83'minutes
  • 18Hawkins
  • 28Laurent
  • 33Donnelly
  • 15Alessandra
  • 9Amond
  • 7Thomas

Substitutes

  • 10Paynter
  • 13Bartlett
  • 14Woods
  • 17Deverdics
  • 20Orrell
  • 29Martin
  • 34Heardman
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
7,333

Match Stats

Home TeamCarlisleAway TeamHartlepool
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home8
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Carlisle United 3, Hartlepool United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Carlisle United 3, Hartlepool United 2.

Luke Joyce (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United).

Tom Miller (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Donnelly (Hartlepool United).

Charlie Wyke (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Donnelly (Hartlepool United).

Attempt missed. Liam Donnelly (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Michael Woods replaces Jake Carroll.

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Shaun Brisley replaces Derek Asamoah.

Goal!

Goal! Carlisle United 3, Hartlepool United 2. Michael Raynes (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Danny Grainger with a cross.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Aristote Nsiala.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Lewis Alessandra.

Goal!

Goal! Carlisle United 2, Hartlepool United 2. Padraig Amond (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis Alessandra.

Foul by Derek Asamoah (Carlisle United).

Liam Donnelly (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Macaulay Gillesphey.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Derek Asamoah replaces Nicky Adams.

Goal!

Goal! Carlisle United 2, Hartlepool United 1. Danny Grainger (Carlisle United) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nicky Adams.

Charlie Wyke (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United).

Goal!

Goal! Carlisle United 1, Hartlepool United 1. Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Booking

Danny Grainger (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Billy Paynter replaces Jordan Richards.

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Charlie Wyke replaces Jabo Ibehre.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Shaun Miller (Carlisle United) for a bad foul.

Hand ball by Shaun Miller (Carlisle United).

Foul by Jason Kennedy (Carlisle United).

Jake Carroll (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jabo Ibehre (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Jason Kennedy (Carlisle United) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Jordan Richards.

Second Half

Second Half begins Carlisle United 1, Hartlepool United 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Carlisle United 1, Hartlepool United 0.

Attempt missed. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Shaun Miller (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

goal

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17Blackpool133551715214
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