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Match report: Pools bow out the FA Cup

8 January 2023

Club News

Match report: Pools bow out the FA Cup

8 January 2023

HARTLEPOOL United’s FA Cup run is over after losing 3-0 to Stoke City at the Suit Direct Stadium.

Two unfortunate Euan Murray and Rollin Menayese OGs sandwiched Jacob Brown’s fourth goal of the season to take the Championship team comfortably through.

But the biggest worry of the third round tie was the sight of leading scorer Josh Umerah limping off injured early in the second half.

Keith Curle made one change to his starting XI, Murray resuming after illness, with FA Cup ace Joe Grey moving down to the bench.

Stoke boss Alex Neil made five alterations to the team beaten at the death by Preston last time out, and included former Pools midfielder Josh Laurent.

The Potters were almost ahead in the sixth minute when Ben Killip made a great save to foil Brown after what seemed a handball by Reghan Tumilty, though no away players seemed to appeal.

Stoke did go ahead in the 16th minute when Josh Tymon drove in a powerful low cross from the left across the front of goal which Murray can only shank high into his own net.

Pools had an immediate chance to equalise when Mark Shelton's cross from the right found Jack Hamilton who headed just wide.

The home side were not shy of possession and Josh Umerah had a crack from 25 yards after a good spell by the hosts but his effort was well wide.

Liam Delap, whose dad Rory was in the Stoke team beaten by Pools in the 2009 third round classic, produced a nice turn but his shot did not match the approach work and hit the Town End roof.

But Stoke added a second goal three minutes before half-time when Brown made a superbly-timed run before going outside Killip and slotting into an empty net from a tight angle.

After the break it should have been 3-0 but Delap could not make a clean connection and Killip made the save.

But when it was three the goal was provided by the hosts.

This time it was a cross from the right by Harrison Clarke, which Menayese turned in from five yards out in the middle of the goal.

Half-time sub Grey, on for Murray, tried his luck with his left peg but his shot was well wide.

However, there was a more disturbing sight for Pools with Umerah going down injured and then hobbling off.

Thereafter, it could have been more but Killip saved from Delap who was clean through, while Laurent was off target and sub Dwight Gayle was narrowly wide with an acrobatic kick.

There was no lack of effort from the home team, who brought on youngster Louis Stephenson, at right-back, and fellow Scholars Joe Kitching and Campbell Darcy, but they could not trouble keeper Jack Bonham.

Two minutes from time, from one of their best moves of the day, Kitching fired over after good work by Stephenson.

Pools: Killip; Menayese, Murray (Grey 46), Ferguson; Shelton, Featherstone, Sylla, Tumilty (Darcy 85), Cooke (Kitching 85); Hamilton, Umerah (Hastie 52).

Subs (not used): Boyes, Storey,  McDonald, Missilou

Stoke: Bonham; Fox, Jagielka, Taylor (Macari 86); Clarke, Thompson, Powell, Laurent (Baker 66), Tymon; Brown (Gayle 66), Delap (Tezgei 66)

Subs (not used): Bursik, Souttar, Campbell,  Kilkenny, Fosu 

Goals: Murray OG 16, Brown 42, Menayese OG 48

Referee: Ben TonerAtt: 4,340 (away 585)

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