Mark O’Brien’s late goal saves Newport County and sends Hartlepool down

06 May 2017 06:56
• Irish defender’s 89th-minute goal keeps Newport in the Football League• Two goals from Devante Rodney earn Hartlepool a 2-1 win in vainHartlepool United, the club where Brian Clough started his managerial career and which survived re-election a record 14 times, saw their 96-year stay in the Football League end in heartbreaking fashion when Mark O’Brien’s 89th-minute winner kept Newport County up and relegated the north-east club.On a dramatic afternoon, two goals in nine minutes from the 18-year-old substitute Devante Rodney looked to have saved Hartlepool, turning a 1-0 deficit at home to Doncaster into a 2-1 lead. Matthew Bates’s side had started the day in the relegation zone and two points behind Newport but with the south Wales side drawing 1-1 against Notts County at Rodney Parade, Rodney’s strikes, the first of his professional career, seemed to have rescued them. Related: Fallen giants: how Nottingham Forest, Birmingham and Blackburn fell so far Continue reading. . read full article

Source: TheGuardian