‘Now there’s an expectation’ raves Neil Young after Marine secure late win in FA Cup thriller

Marine net late FA Cup progression thanks to James Barrigan's penalty

Marine booked their place in the Fourth Round Qualifying after an enthralling replay win over Atherton Colleries.

The Mariners raced into a two-goal lead after goals from Kyle Hayde and Ryan Wignall.

But a late second-half fight-back from the Northern Premier League side spearheaded by Benjamin Conway sent the game to extra-time.

The game looked set to be going to penalty kicks only for the hosts to be awarded a penalty which James Barrigan reliably tucked away to book a mouth-watering tie with National League side Wrexham.

Tuesday’s replay win saw Neil Young’s side overcome higher opposition once again after beating Warrington Town in the previous round, 3-0.

“It was a difficult game, difficult game Saturday as well. We made the game more difficult than it needs to be on Tuesday night. I think you’ve got to give them great credit they came out second half at it, we made a mistake and they got their backs up then they probably could’ve scored again, they hit the post, we’ve hit the bar before half-time a Lewis Reilly header that probably would’ve killed the game.

“Then we’ve changed our shape thought the game settled down, we missed a couple of chances they missed a couple as well then they score a wonder goal in the last minute – probably the only place he could’ve put it –  which brought it level.

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“I thought extra time we done really well, we were the better team, we were stronger then obviously we got a penalty and Baz [James Barrigan] stepped up and tucked it away and obviously we’re through to the next round. 

“I think what people are forgetting because of our run last year and our run this year is in Warrington and Atherton Colleries we’re playing teams from the league above, now there’s an expectation we should beat these teams and things like that.

“There’s got to be a realisation of what the lads are doing, I think someone told me that we won 12 out the last 13 FA Cup ties or 13 out of 14 which is a remarkable stat.

“When you look at we’ve had injuries in there as well, for the lads to be 2-0 really looking like they’re going to go and win the game to get pegged back but to have the strong mentality to keep going, they weren’t hanging on in extra-time then obviously to go and win the game and put themselves in another fantastic cup tie.”

[Featured image: Barry Betts Photography]