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Darlington 0-1 Walsall: Caolan Lavery sends Saddlers into FA Cup second round

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Highlights: Darlington 0-1 Walsall

Caolan Lavery's second-half goal sent Walsall into the FA Cup second round at the expense of National League North club Darlington.

Striker Lavery settled their first-round replay with a powerful near-post header from Rory Holden's right-wing corner.

The Saddlers will host Oxford United of League One in the second round.

The replay at Blackwell Meadows lacked the drama of the first game between the teams, which ended 2-2 after Darlington netted a 97th-minute equaliser.

The hosts, 14th in the sixth tier, battled hard but struggled to create many clear opportunities against their League Two opponents.

Will Hatfield tested Walsall goalkeeper Liam Roberts with an angled shot early on, but the hosts rarely threatened after Lavery's opener.

Walsall, who are now four games unbeaten in all competitions after a run of six successive league defeats, scored with their only attempt on target.

Victory over Oxford on 30 November would see them match last season's run to the third round of the competition.

Line-ups

Darlington

  • 1Connell
  • 2Hedley
  • 5Storey
  • 6Galbraith
  • 3Liddle
  • 8Hatfield
  • 4WheatleySubstituted forLaingat 80'minutes
  • 10HolnessBooked at 89mins
  • 7Rivers
  • 11Thompson
  • 9Campbell

Substitutes

  • 12Laing
  • 13Elliott
  • 14Watson
  • 15Armstrong
  • 16Stansfield
  • 17Morrison

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 2Norman
  • 5J ClarkeBooked at 71mins
  • 4Sadler
  • 21Cockerill-Mollett
  • 15HoldenBooked at 90mins
  • 26LiddleSubstituted forBatesat 59'minutes
  • 8Kinsella
  • 25McDonaldSubstituted forScarrat 83'minutes
  • 9Lavery
  • 10GordonSubstituted forGaffneyat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Scarr
  • 11Adebayo
  • 13Rose
  • 17Hardy
  • 20Bates
  • 30Gaffney
  • 33Jules
Referee:
Scott Oldham
Attendance:
3,106

Match Stats

Home TeamDarlingtonAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home10
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Darlington 0, Walsall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Darlington 0, Walsall 1.

Foul by Will Hatfield (Darlington).

Cameron Norman (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Rory Holden (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Rory Holden (Walsall).

Booking

Omar Holness (Darlington) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Omar Holness (Darlington).

Rory Holden (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Walsall).

Offside, Walsall. Caolan Lavery tries a through ball, but Liam Kinsella is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Dan Scarr replaces Wesley McDonald.

Substitution

Substitution, Darlington. Louis Laing replaces Joe Wheatley.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Rory Gaffney replaces Josh Gordon.

Stephen Thompson (Darlington) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Clarke (Walsall).

Foul by Adam Campbell (Darlington).

Cameron Norman (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Omar Holness (Darlington).

Attempt blocked. Josh Gordon (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alfie Bates.

Attempt missed. Wesley McDonald (Walsall) right footed shot from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Josh Gordon with a cross.

Booking

James Clarke (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Stephen Thompson (Darlington) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by James Clarke (Walsall).

Mat Sadler (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen Thompson (Darlington).

Goal!

Goal! Darlington 0, Walsall 1. Caolan Lavery (Walsall) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Rory Holden following a corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Terry Galbraith.

James Clarke (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen Thompson (Darlington).

Attempt saved. Will Hatfield (Darlington) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Omar Holness with a headed pass.

Corner, Darlington. Conceded by Mat Sadler.

Foul by Cameron Norman (Walsall).

Stephen Thompson (Darlington) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Rory Holden (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Gordon.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Alfie Bates replaces Gary Liddle.

Attempt missed. Caolan Lavery (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Josh Gordon with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Josh Gordon (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wesley McDonald.

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