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Peterborough 1-2 Chorley: Part-timers stun League One side in FA Cup shock

By Josef RindlBBC Sport

National League North side Chorley shocked League One Peterborough with a magical FA Cup turnaround at London Road to make it into the third round.

Connor Hall grabbed an equaliser for the visitors on the hour mark, capitalising on some flat footed Peterborough defending.

And two minutes later Lewis Baines finished off a smart corner routine to complete a famous upset for the team who are second from bottom in the sixth tier.

Jack Taylor had smashed Posh in front inside two minutes, volleying home a loose ball following a corner, but they ended up going out to a side 89 places below them in the English football pyramid.

Chorley's Harry Cardwell could have made it 3-1, but his penalty was saved by Posh keeper Christy Pym after Mark Beevers hauled down the forward in the area.

However, the part-timers held on to produce a famous shock over Darren Ferguson's side.

Another giant-killing

Chorley - who shocked former winners Wigan Athletic 3-2 after extra time in the first round - came into this tie having never progressed beyond the FA Cup second round.

The Lancashire outfit had only ever beaten Football League opposition in the cup three times in their history (most famously Wolves in a second replay at Burnden Park, Bolton in 1986), while Peterborough had advanced to the third round 13 times from their last 14 campaigns.

But, despite conceding inside 120 seconds against a Posh side who made just one change from their last league fixture, Chorley were always in the game, twice hitting the woodwork in the first half.

Forward Cardwell struck the right post in the 27th minute, with a fierce strike on the half-turn. And winger Elliot Newby rattled the left upright moments before the break after a superb individual run.

Managed by head teacher Jamie Vermiglio, the part-timers outperformed their opposition and deservedly went in front in the second half.

The hosts, second in League One, created few chances late on despite getting a lifeline after Cardwell's missed spot-kick.

Siriki Dembele forcing a fine save from Chorley keeper Matthew Urwin deep into injury time was the only response of note, as Chorley held on to make it into Monday's draw and guarantee a non-league club in the third round.



Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Pym
  • 6Kent
  • 5Beevers
  • 18Blake-Tracy
  • 11BroomSubstituted forKanuat 69'minutes
  • 8TaylorBooked at 78mins
  • 12BrownBooked at 88mins
  • 3ButlerSubstituted forMasonat 65'minutes
  • 15SzmodicsSubstituted forClarkeat 58'minutes
  • 7Eisa
  • 10Dembélé


  • 2Edwards
  • 13Gyollai
  • 14Reed
  • 19Kanu
  • 22Hamilton
  • 24Mason
  • 26Clarke


Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Urwin
  • 2Birch
  • 5Leather
  • 3Smith
  • 4Halls
  • 6Baines
  • 13ShentonBooked at 89minsSubstituted forHenleyat 90+3'minutes
  • 8Calveley
  • 11Newby
  • 9CardwellSubstituted forReillyat 90+4'minutes
  • 27HallSubstituted forTomlinsonat 86'minutes


  • 10Reilly
  • 12Tomlinson
  • 14Henley
  • 15Putnam
  • 16Garratt
  • 17Malakai
  • 20Marah
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Peterborough United 1, Chorley 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Peterborough United 1, Chorley 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Frazer Blake-Tracy (Peterborough United).

  4. Post update

    Harvey Smith (Chorley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Matthew Urwin.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Siriki Dembélé (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Taylor.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Chorley. Lewis Reilly replaces Harry Cardwell.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Chorley. Adam Henley replaces Oliver Shenton.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Idris Kanu (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Beevers with a headed pass.

  10. Booking

    Oliver Shenton (Chorley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Reece Brown (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Oliver Shenton (Chorley).

  13. Booking

    Reece Brown (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Reece Brown (Peterborough United).

  15. Post update

    Scott Leather (Chorley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Willem Tomlinson (Chorley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Chorley. Willem Tomlinson replaces Connor Hall.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Niall Mason (Peterborough United).

  19. Post update

    Oliver Shenton (Chorley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Cardwell (Chorley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

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