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Match Report: Grimsby 4-0 Walsall

1 November 2022

Academy

Match Report: Grimsby 4-0 Walsall

1 November 2022

Walsall bowed out of the FA Youth Cup as they were beaten by a clinical Grimsby Town outfit.

While the score will suggest it was one way traffic at Blundell Park, the Saddlers created plenty of opportunities but were denied by a stubborn Grimsby side who took their chances and looked dangerous in attack.

The Saddlers got off to a positive start and had a couple of early sights of goal through Jack Shaw and Dan Baldwin, with the latter having a header saved by Declan Dennis.

It was the hosts though who opened the scoring on 24 minutes with their first meaningful attempt when Louis Boyd tapped in Harry Milner’s cross.

Walsall responded well to the setback and immediately had a couple of chances to equalise but Ronan Maher and Marvellous Onabirekhanlen both fired shots just over the bar.

Maher came close on 31 minutes when his volley from inside the area was saved by the feet of Dennis.

Walsall enjoyed the majority of the possession in the first half and created more opportunities but they were hit with a sucker punch on 37 minutes when Milner was played through the middle and he slotted the ball past Jenson Kilroy to double Grimsby’s advantage.

Ben King made a change at half time as he introduced Jonas Mukuna in place of Arjun Toor.

Mukuna made a bright start and had an early opportunity when he cut inside and arrowed in a low shot but it was comfortably saved by Dennis.

The Saddlers were dealt another blow moments later though as the hosts were awarded a penalty when the ball was adjudged to have struck the arm of Noel Angafor. Will Hodgson stepped up and coolly slotted the ball home to further stretch Grimsby’s lead.

It got worse for Walsall when Milner skipped his way into the box and placed the ball into the far corner to score Grimsby’s fourth.

Walsall didn’t let their heads drop and went in search of a goal. A good move saw the ball find its way to Maher who managed to get a shot off in a congested penalty area and his powerful low strike was well saved by Dennis.

Mukuna also came close moments later but his curled effort was turned behind by Dennis who continued to thwart the Saddlers.

Dennis made another fine save late on and in the end, Walsall’s spirit wasn’t rewarded with a consolation goal.

Kilroy, Baldwin, Ward (Sarvari 65’), Sawyers, Angafor, Lawal-Olumegbon, Thomas (Cristofaro 65’), Shaw, Maher, Onabirekhanlen, Toor (Mukuna 45’)
Subs: Hedge (GK), Poskitt, Uchenna, Cox


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