The FA Cup - First Round - Replay
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Darlington 0-1 Walsall: Caolan Lavery sends Saddlers into FA Cup second round

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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Darlington 0, Walsall 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Darlington 0, Walsall 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Will Hatfield (Darlington).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Booking

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Rory Holden (Walsall).

  8. Booking

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Omar Holness (Darlington).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Caolan Lavery (Walsall).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Dan Scarr replaces Wesley McDonald.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Darlington. Louis Laing replaces Joe Wheatley.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Rory Gaffney replaces Josh Gordon.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by James Clarke (Walsall).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Adam Campbell (Darlington).

  20. Post update

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

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