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REPORT | Exiles reach Emirates FA Cup third round with victory over Salford City

28 November 2020

Match Reports

REPORT | Exiles reach Emirates FA Cup third round with victory over Salford City

28 November 2020

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Three second-half goals from Jamie Proctor, Padraig Amond and Saikou Janneh earned Newport County AFC a place in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup with a 3-0 victory over 10-man Salford City.

Mickey Demetriou missed a first-half penalty after Kevin Berkoe handled the ball in the penalty area, but it didn't prove to be costly as the Exiles turned the screw in the second period.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men after Brandon Thomas-Asante collided with Tom King two minutes after the break.

And County took full advantage of the extra man as Proctor scored his first for the club before substitutes Amond and Janneh added to Salford's misery, ensuring the Exiles booked their place in the third round for the fourth successive season.

Michael Flynn made three changes to the team that started against Walsall on Tuesday evening. Matty Dolan, Joss Labadie and Amond made way for Scot Bennett, Robbie Willmott and Jamie Devitt respectively.

The first chance of the game fell in favour of the hosts after Jamie Devitt whipped a ball in from the left-hand side and found Scott Twine in the box, but the effort was blocked.

And only minutes after, the Exiles had the chance to open their lead. Willmott was allowed to cut inside before being stopped in his tracks as the ball struck the arm of defender Thomas-Asante. The referee didn't hesitate in pointing to the penalty spot and Demetriou stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick, but saw his effort denied by the Ammies goalkeeper.

The big turning point of the afternoon came shortly into the second half when King rushed out to clear the ball to safety and was the victim of a dangerous challenge from Thomas-Asante, who was given his marching orders.

And County added salt to the wounds of the visitors by opening the scoring nine minutes later. Willmott lofted a perfectly weighted cross into the back post, and it was finished off on-loan Rotherham United striker Proctor.

Amond, who had replaced Proctor three minutes earlier, then doubled the Exiles lead by scoring from the spot. It was Twine who earned County the penalty after being brought down in the area, allowing Amond to continue his impressive record in the Emirates FA Cup.

Josh Sheehan nearly grabbed himself a goal after trying his luck from the edge of the area, although the midfielder saw his effort pushed behind for a corner.

But there was still time for Janneh to get among the goals as he danced through the away defence before firing home to round off an impressive second-half display from the Exiles.

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