Exiles beaten by wonder strike at York

First published in Newport County South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

NEWPORT County were beaten by a wonder strike at Bootham Crescent despite a fantastic display from goalkeeper Ian McLoughlin.

This day was far more about the Minstermen of York than the Exiles, the hosts knowing that victory would guarantee a play-off berth at least following their phenomenal ascension in 2014 and so it proved, though with Oxford beaten by Accrington, York’s progress was guaranteed.

But they still did well to edge an even affair, County the better side for long periods but unable to capitalise when they mustered periods of dominance.

They should’ve taken the lead in the first period when Lee Minshull got a firm header to Ryan Jackson’s long throw, but goalkeeper Nick Pope somehow denied him with a combination of hands and post.

Even shorn of the injured trio Darcy Blake, Ismail Yakubu and Byron Anthony the Exiles were impressive at the back, especially goalkeeper McLoughlin who produced several wonder saves, the pick of which saw him deny Adam Reed from just three yards.

However, County were toothless in attack after the interval with Chris Zebroski and Christian Jolley off-form and sub Aaron O’Connor miles short of his sharpest, County squandered their half chances and were increasingly hanging on.

And that only encouraged the hosts who eventually broke the deadlock with 13 minutes remaining, Coulson curling beautifully home from fully 30-yards to the delight of the bumper crowd of over 4,500.

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6:05pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Clever Trevor says...

Strange,but the commentators on Radio Wales were saying he was a bit dodgy on occasions.
It sounded to me that we had the lions share of the game,it’s a pity because some weeks the defence is the problem then the next week it’s up the other end,if we could get the 2 halves working together we’d be fine..
I’m always a bit sceptical of Kevin ratcliffe watching us,he seems to expect top flight touches and runs etc,when in reality he’s watching a Lg 2 side,he seems to forget that he took Chester out of the football League with dire football himself.
It wouldn’t be the same without an injury to the squad,and Lo and behold we get more today,never known it so bad,so all in all a decent season with the problems we've had.
Strange,but the commentators on Radio Wales were saying he was a bit dodgy on occasions. It sounded to me that we had the lions share of the game,it’s a pity because some weeks the defence is the problem then the next week it’s up the other end,if we could get the 2 halves working together we’d be fine.. I’m always a bit sceptical of Kevin ratcliffe watching us,he seems to expect top flight touches and runs etc,when in reality he’s watching a Lg 2 side,he seems to forget that he took Chester out of the football League with dire football himself. It wouldn’t be the same without an injury to the squad,and Lo and behold we get more today,never known it so bad,so all in all a decent season with the problems we've had. Clever Trevor
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1:52pm Sun 27 Apr 14

michaelgdn says...

Take note, Conner Washington on April 26th scored two goals to take Peterborough into the 1st Division playoffs, he has been a consistent scorer since his introduction into their team,
What a fatal blunder, it would have been cheaper to have moved his entire family into local housing of their choice within Monmouthshire, rather having been blinded by a £500,000 transfer fee. What was the Chairman in particular and Justin thinking about, with all the money that the Board had available or could have been offered. Let us pray that the County's loyal supporters do no suffer another similar crass decision, if by some stroke of luck another 'gem' is signed ofr found in the juniors
Take note, Conner Washington on April 26th scored two goals to take Peterborough into the 1st Division playoffs, he has been a consistent scorer since his introduction into their team, What a fatal blunder, it would have been cheaper to have moved his entire family into local housing of their choice within Monmouthshire, rather having been blinded by a £500,000 transfer fee. What was the Chairman in particular and Justin thinking about, with all the money that the Board had available or could have been offered. Let us pray that the County's loyal supporters do no suffer another similar crass decision, if by some stroke of luck another 'gem' is signed ofr found in the juniors michaelgdn
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2:45pm Sun 27 Apr 14

chico16 says...

Lets have a last vent of the season and then look forward to August .
Michaelgdn you are correct . The standard comment from the club is "we would never stand in the way of a player moving to a higher level of football" ---or something close to that .---It is BS !!!
What about the loyalty to the other members of the team and the 3,000 of us .
We struggled ever since ---is it just a coincidence ----same as all the injuries .
Are we always going to be happy with League Two and 3000 of us whining and moaning . ?
Sell a player or two every year and just keep our head above water.!
I want better than this and I know most everyone else does .---certainly all those who contribute here .---
Done and looking forward to next season .
It could be worse ---just watched Cardiff in a dismal display . I really do feel sorry for them.( I mean it ).
Lets have a last vent of the season and then look forward to August . Michaelgdn you are correct . The standard comment from the club is "we would never stand in the way of a player moving to a higher level of football" ---or something close to that .---It is BS !!! What about the loyalty to the other members of the team and the 3,000 of us . We struggled ever since ---is it just a coincidence ----same as all the injuries . Are we always going to be happy with League Two and 3000 of us whining and moaning . ? Sell a player or two every year and just keep our head above water.! I want better than this and I know most everyone else does .---certainly all those who contribute here .--- Done and looking forward to next season . It could be worse ---just watched Cardiff in a dismal display . I really do feel sorry for them.( I mean it ). chico16
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5:17pm Sun 27 Apr 14

jetspotter says...

Not sure this report makes much sense. How could it have been an 'even affair' if our goalkeeper had to produce 'several wonder saves' to keep us in the game ?!!
Did their keeper have to do the same?
Not sure this report makes much sense. How could it have been an 'even affair' if our goalkeeper had to produce 'several wonder saves' to keep us in the game ?!! Did their keeper have to do the same? jetspotter
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