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  • Date:15 May 2011
  • Kick-off:18:30
  • Venue:
  • Attendance:4,424
  • Long (23) Byrom (44)
Goal!

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94mins

James Ryan takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

93mins

Byron Harrison produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

89mins

Ronnie Henry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ray Putterill. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from James Ryan.

88mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Terry Gornell by Chris Beardsley. Chris Beardsley receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Sean Hessey.

87mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Joel Byrom from the right by-line to the near post, Luke Joyce manages to make a clearance.

86mins

Phil Edwards fouled by Byron Harrison, the ref awards a free kick. Alex Cisak takes the free kick.

85mins

Corner taken by Joel Byrom from the left by-line, Dean Winnard manages to make a clearance.

84mins

Lawrie Wilson challenges Joe Jacobson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lawrie Wilson is cautioned. Direct free kick taken by Sean Hessey.

82mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Terry Gornell on Darius Charles. Darren Murphy replaces Darius Charles. Free kick taken by Chris Day.

82mins

Joe Jacobson fouled by Byron Harrison, the ref awards a free kick. Sean Hessey takes the direct free kick.

81mins

Ray Putterill replaces Ian Craney.

80mins

Byron Harrison is caught offside. Sean Hessey takes the indirect free kick.

79mins

Effort from outside the penalty area by Michael Bostwick goes wide left of the goal.

78mins

Andrew Procter concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Bostwick. Free kick taken by Chris Day.

77mins

Outswinging corner taken by Joel Byrom from the left by-line, Luke Joyce manages to make a clearance.

75mins

The offside flag is raised against Terry Gornell. (Stevenage) makes a substitution, with Byron Harrison coming on for Craig Reid. Chris Beardsley replaces Stacy Long. Chris Day restarts play with the free kick.

74mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jon Ashton on Terry Gornell. Shot comes in from James Ryan from the free kick.

72mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Procter on Stacy Long. Joel Byrom delivers the ball, Headed effort on goal by Scott Laird from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

70mins

Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Darius Charles misses to the right of the target.

67mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Joyce on Stacy Long. The referee cautions Luke Joyce for unsporting behaviour. Ian Craney is cautioned. Stacy Long is booked. Joel Byrom takes the direct free kick.

66mins

Mark Roberts concedes a free kick for a foul on Sean McConville. Free kick taken by Sean McConville.

65mins

James Ryan takes a shot. Sean McConville gets a block in.

63mins

Stacy Long takes a shot. Alex Cisak makes a comfortable save.

63mins

Corner taken right-footed by Stacy Long, save by Alex Cisak.

59mins

Phil Edwards concedes a free kick for a foul on Darius Charles. Phil Edwards booked for dissent. Shot comes in from Joel Byrom from the free kick.

58mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Phil Edwards on Darius Charles. Joel Byrom takes the direct free kick.

57mins

Craig Reid concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Cisak. Direct free kick taken by Alex Cisak.

54mins

Foul by Jon Ashton on Terry Gornell, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by James Ryan.

51mins

Darius Charles gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Procter. Sean Hessey takes the direct free kick.

51mins

Close range header by Andrew Procter misses to the right of the target.

50mins

Mark Roberts concedes a free kick for a foul on Terry Gornell. Sean McConville takes the direct free kick.

50mins

Effort from the edge of the area by Darius Charles goes wide of the left-hand upright.

49mins

Foul by Jon Ashton on Luke Joyce, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Sean Hessey.

49mins

Sean McConville gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joel Byrom. Ronnie Henry takes the direct free kick.

49mins

Ian Craney concedes a free kick for a foul on Lawrie Wilson. Free kick taken by Ronnie Henry.

48mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Craney on Joel Byrom. Michael Bostwick takes the direct free kick.

48mins

Stacy Long takes a shot. Save by Alex Cisak.

47mins

Joel Byrom takes a outswinging corner.

46mins

Joel Byrom has a shot on goal from long range that goes wide left.

45mins

Joel Byrom fires in a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Stevenage 2-0 Accrington Stanley.Assist on the goal came from Darius Charles.

44mins

Effort on goal by Lawrie Wilson from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

42mins

Luke Joyce concedes a free kick for a foul on Lawrie Wilson. Direct free kick taken by Joel Byrom.

40mins

Michael Bostwick takes a shot. Save made by Alex Cisak.

37mins

Darius Charles takes a shot from long distance that bounces off the post. Craig Reid takes a shot. Save by Alex Cisak.

34mins

Michael Bostwick concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Procter. Free kick taken by Sean McConville.

33mins

Effort on goal by Craig Reid from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

33mins

James Ryan takes a shot. Chris Day makes a save.

32mins

The ball is crossed by Joe Jacobson.

29mins

Foul by Darius Charles on Luke Joyce, free kick awarded. Sean Hessey takes the direct free kick.

28mins

Unfair challenge on Andrew Procter by Michael Bostwick results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sean Hessey.

27mins

Craig Reid has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the goal.

26mins

Terry Gornell fouled by Mark Roberts, the ref awards a free kick. Sean McConville takes the direct free kick.

26mins

Darius Charles challenges Andrew Procter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alex Cisak takes the direct free kick.

25mins

Jon Ashton fouled by Terry Gornell, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Day takes the free kick.

24mins

Stacy Long finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Stevenage 1-0 Accrington Stanley.

23mins

Darius Charles fouled by Dean Winnard, the ref awards a free kick. Joel Byrom takes the free kick.

22mins

Stacy Long takes a outswinging corner.

21mins

Unfair challenge on James Ryan by Scott Laird results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sean McConville, Joel Byrom manages to make a clearance.

20mins

Stacy Long challenges Sean McConville unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sean Hessey takes the free kick.

17mins

The offside flag is raised against Craig Reid. Free kick taken by Sean Hessey.

14mins

Terry Gornell challenges Michael Bostwick unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Day.

10mins

The referee blows for offside. Chris Day takes the free kick.

9mins

Effort from the edge of the area by Stacy Long goes wide of the right-hand post.

6mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Darius Charles on Dean Winnard. Free kick taken by Phil Edwards.

2mins

James Ryan takes a shot. Blocked by Ronnie Henry.

2mins

The referee blows for offside against Stacy Long. Alex Cisak takes the indirect free kick.

Match Preview

Duo banned for Stevenage Stevenage boss Graham Westley is without John Mousinho and Luke Foster for the League Two play-off semi-final first leg against Accrington at Broadhall Way. Midfielder Mousinho and defender Foster were shown straight red cards in the 2-0 defeat by Northampton and were handed three and four-match bans respectively. They served the first instalment of their suspensions during the 3-3 draw at home to Bury last weekend. Midfielder Peter Winn is available after a three-game ban but striker Ben May will be assessed after lasting just 25 minutes as a goalscoring substitute before being forced off through injury against the Shakers. Lawrie Wilson, another midfielder, will also be monitored as he bids to shake off a knock. Accrington boss John Coleman is boosted by the return of midfielder Ian Craney. The 28-year-old has missed Stanley`s last two games with a hamstring injury but returned to training at the end of last week and looks certain to be passed fit. Charlie Barnett could make way for Craney`s return as Coleman welcomes back a host of players. The Reds boss made nine changes for their final game of the regular season at Burton as he rested a number of key figures. Stanley should have a full-strength squad following Craney`s return to full fitness. Coleman said: "It's going to be a tough game. We expected a tough game whoever we were going to play."

Formation:442Manager: Graham Westley

Stevenage

Formation: 4231Manager: John Coleman

Accrington Stanley

  • Chris Day
  • Ronnie Henry
  • Jon Ashton
  • Mark Roberts
  • Darius Charles
  • Lawrie Wilson
  • Michael Bostwick
  • Joel Byrom
  • Scott Laird
  • Stacy Long
  • Craig Reid
  • SUBS
  • Joe Welch
  • Martyn Marjarson
  • Darren Murphy
  • Peter Winn
  • Chris Beardsley
  • Byron Harrison
  • Dino Maamria

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Match Report

Stevenage claim first-leg advantage First-half goals from Stacy Long and Joel Byrom put Stevenage on course for the npower League Two play-off final as they swept aside an out-of-sorts Accrington. Stanley came into the game on the back of a 13-match unbeaten run, but they never reached their best form and were comfortably dealt with by Graham Westley's disciplined side. Long opened the scoring with a deflected effort from the edge of the box before Byrom profited from poor defending to prod in the second. Stevenage are now favourites to book a place at Old Trafford but John Coleman's side have only lost three times at home all season and could be a different proposition on their weathered Crown Ground pitch. Westley's side beat Newcastle in the FA Cup earlier this season and could cap a remarkable first year in the Football League with promotion. Stanley winger Jimmy Ryan has been linked with an improbable summer move to Spanish side Real Zaragoza in recent weeks and had the first effort but his stinging volley was well blocked by Ronnie Henry. Long then had the first sighter for the hosts, cutting in from the left to send a curling effort just wide of Alex Cisak's far post. Stevenage captain Mark Roberts hooked an effort over from a corner before the home side took the lead in the 24th minute. Henry's throw-in was held up well by striker Craig Reid and laid back to the edge of the area for Long to drive in a shot which was deflected past the dive of Cisak. Darius Charles came close to a spectacular second when his volley from fully 25 yards looped over Cisak but came back off the inside of the post. Stevenage were well on top and doubled their lead just before the break through Byrom. Henry crossed from the right, Charles won the knock-down and midfielder Byrom was brave to get to the bouncing ball before a hesitant Cisak and lift a shot into the vacant net. Stanley knew they had to breach the best defence in the division to claw their way back into contention after the break but, despite the superb support of their travelling fans, they struggled to make an impression. After the interval Accrington's Jimmy Ryan and Terry Gornell combined well to get in behind on a rare attack but Stevenage easily cleared while Long threatened at the other end with a long-range hit which was held by Cisak. Stanley's Sean McConville was then played in on goal by an errant backpass from Scott Laird but the winger hesitated as he tried to round Chris Day in the Stevenage goal and Ryan eventually fluffed the chance into the side-netting. It was a dreadful miss and the visitors were lucky not to be reduced to 10 men shortly afterwards as Luke Joyce cynically scythed down Long as Stevenage mounted a three on one counter-attack. Joyce escaped with a booking as both sides struggled to create much in the closing stages and Stevenage closed out the win.

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