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Walsall 2-2 Darlington: National League North side earn replay

Non-league Darlington scored a 97th-minute equaliser to earn an FA Cup first round replay with League Two strugglers Walsall.

Omar Holness fired home to give the National League North side the lead, and the Quakers looked set to be going through when Saddlers defender Dan Scarr was sent off for a second bookable offence.

But Walsall levelled when substitute Caolan Lavery poked home with four minutes left and then went in front in the last minute of normal time when on-loan Darlington keeper Liam Connell punched Alfie Bates' corner into his own net.

Darlington were reduced to 10 men themselves when Ben Hedley was shown a second yellow card.

But deep into stoppage time Joe Wheatley tucked in Osagi Bascome's free-kick from close range to earn the Quakers a replay.

Walsall, third from bottom of League Two, went into the game on the back of six successive defeats and having scored only five goals at home this season.

However, they rallied after falling behind but missed several chances before mounting their comeback.

Rory Gaffney fired wide from close range after Wes McDonald hit the bar with a shot from 25 yards, and Elijah Adebayo twice fired over from good positions.

But Darlington, 14th in National League North, also went close when Wheatley had a long-range effort tipped on to the bar by Saddlers keeper Jack Rose.

Wheatley, though, was to have the final say as his dramatic leveller put the Quakers into the second round draw for the first time since the former Football League club was reformed in 2012.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 13Rose
  • 6ScarrBooked at 82mins
  • 4Sadler
  • 33JulesSubstituted forMcDonaldat 22'minutes
  • 24Facey
  • 8Kinsella
  • 20BatesBooked at 90mins
  • 15HoldenSubstituted forHardyat 22'minutes
  • 3PringBooked at 12mins
  • 30GaffneySubstituted forLaveryat 62'minutes
  • 11AdebayoBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Roberts
  • 2Norman
  • 9Lavery
  • 10Gordon
  • 17Hardy
  • 25McDonald
  • 26Liddle

Darlington

  • 1ConnellBooked at 90mins
  • 2HedleyBooked at 90mins
  • 5Storey
  • 6Galbraith
  • 3Watson
  • 8HatfieldBooked at 42mins
  • 4Wheatley
  • 10HolnessSubstituted forBascomeat 78'minutes
  • 11ThompsonSubstituted forDonawaat 68'minutes
  • 9CampbellSubstituted forLaingat 75'minutes
  • 7Rivers

Substitutes

  • 12Laing
  • 13Elliott
  • 15Donawa
  • 16Bascome
  • 17Armstrong
Referee:
Adrian Quelch
Attendance:
2,882

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamDarlington
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home22
Away15
Shots on Target
Home10
Away8
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 2, Darlington 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 2, Darlington 2.

  3. Booking

    Liam Connell (Darlington) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Walsall 2, Darlington 2. Joe Wheatley (Darlington) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Osagi Bascome with a cross following a set piece situation.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Alfie Bates (Walsall).

  6. Post update

    Will Hatfield (Darlington) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Justin Donawa (Darlington) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Elijah Adebayo (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jarrett Rivers (Darlington) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Booking

    Alfie Bates (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Alfie Bates (Walsall).

  12. Post update

    Will Hatfield (Darlington) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Wesley McDonald (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Will Hatfield (Darlington).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Terry Galbraith.

  16. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Ben Hedley (Darlington) for a bad foul.

  17. Booking

    Elijah Adebayo (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Walsall 2, Darlington 1. Alfie Bates (Walsall) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Alex Storey.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Liam Connell.

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