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Port Vale 0-1 Cambridge United

Liam O'Neil produced a stunning late strike to earn League Two leaders Cambridge a win at Port Vale.

Traffic problems for the visitors saw kick-off delayed by 15 minutes but they took the points courtesy of a brilliant long-range effort from the substitute five minutes from time.

A first half of few chances saw Cambridge goalkeeper Callum Burton called into action early on, standing his ground to block Kurtis Guthrie's finish as he homed in on goal unchallenged.

At the other end, Luke Hannant teed up Wes Hoolahan for a shot from distance with Vale keeper Scott Brown parrying his low drive to safety.

In the second half, Cambridge's leading scorer Paul Mullin couldn't get the required power in his improvised back-heel or a vital touch on Hannant's teasing ball across goal.

O'Neil had gone close to breaking the deadlock with his first touch after coming on, a close-range header brilliantly saved by Brown.

But with the game looking destined to end goalless, O'Neil let fly from 30 yards and crashed the ball into the top corner to give the U's victory.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Port Vale

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Brown
  • 15Mills
  • 6Smith
  • 5LeggeSubstituted forSwanat 86'minutes
  • 3Crookes
  • 11MontañoSubstituted forHurstat 45'minutes
  • 20Burgess
  • 10Conlon
  • 17Taylor
  • 14GuthrieSubstituted forRobinsonat 63'minutes
  • 21RodneySubstituted forCullenat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Gibbons
  • 12Robinson
  • 13Cullen
  • 16Brisley
  • 27Hurst
  • 32Scott
  • 34Swan

Cambridge

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Burton
  • 2Knoyle
  • 5Taylor
  • 6Drysdale
  • 11Dunk
  • 19May
  • 44BoatengSubstituted forO'Neilat 69'minutes
  • 18TraceySubstituted forIronsideat 70'minutes
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 7Hannant
  • 10MullinSubstituted forOkedinaat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Iredale
  • 8O'Neil
  • 13McKenzie-Lyle
  • 15Okedina
  • 16Alese
  • 17Davies
  • 20Ironside
Referee:
Lee Swabey

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamCambridge
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home14
Away18
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Port Vale 0, Cambridge United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Port Vale 0, Cambridge United 1.

  3. Post update

    Wes Hoolahan (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Will Swan (Port Vale).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Wes Hoolahan (Cambridge United) left footed shot from long range on the left is too high.

  6. Post update

    Greg Taylor (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Theo Robinson (Port Vale).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Cambridge United. Jubril Okedina replaces Paul Mullin.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Mullin (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kyle Knoyle.

  10. Post update

    Kyle Knoyle (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Theo Robinson (Port Vale).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Will Swan replaces Leon Legge.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Port Vale 0, Cambridge United 1. Liam O'Neil (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Paul Mullin (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jake Taylor (Port Vale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Burgess.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Mark Cullen replaces Devante Rodney.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United).

  18. Post update

    Zak Mills (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joe Ironside (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Harrison Dunk with a headed pass.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam O'Neil (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Hannant with a cross.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cambridge32167948291955
2Forest Green30159643291454
3Cheltenham30158740261453
4Tranmere3015694337651
5Morecambe31147104142-149
6Newport3013983831748
7Bolton31138103940-147
8Exeter291210751371446
9Salford301210839251446
10Carlisle27134103830843
11Bradford29127103432243
12Harrogate31126133537-242
13Crawley29118104037341
14Leyton Orient30116133634239
15Oldham30115144954-538
16Mansfield3081393840-237
17Walsall3081393640-437
18Stevenage32714112431-735
19Scunthorpe29112163139-835
20Port Vale3197154145-434
21Colchester30712113142-1133
22Southend3177172146-2528
23Barrow2968153340-726
24Grimsby2966172248-2624
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