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MATCH REPORT: Newport County 2-1 Port Vale

11 December 2021

For the second game in a row, a second-half turnaround earned Newport County all three points, as goals from Dom Telford and Finn Azaz secured a 2-1 win over Port Vale.

Ben Garrity gave Vale the lead in the first half before Dom Telford scoring in the eight game in a row levelled matters and Finn Azaz won it with quarter of an hour remaining.

A quiet first five minutes livened up when County had an early shout for a penalty. The ball struck a Port Vale arm in the box but the referee waved it way, claiming it wasn't deliberate, and play resumed.

Dom Telford returned to the team following his COVID isolation period and he had his first attempt at goal on the quarter-hour mark, however his left-footed curled shot from the edge of the box went just wide of the left-hand post.

Finn Azaz had a go himself from the edge of the box but he could only strike narrowly over the bar.

Port Vale took the lead on 24 minutes though when Garrity tucked in from close range after Joe Day palmed a swerving shot by Dan Jones into the path of the goalscorer. 

Aaron Lewis became the latest County man to curl a shot over the bar from range before Azaz had a shot from the left of the box punched clear.

From the corner that followed, James Clarke shot wide from inside the box with County unable to get themselves level before the half-time break.

The second half started brightly for Newport, with Mickey Demetriou heading a corner over the bar six minutes after the restart.

Telford had an identical opportunity to his one in the first half, just after the hour, but again he could only strike wide of the far post with his effort.

Newport finally got themselves level when who else but Telford scored a lovely flick from close range after a low ball in from the left by Ollie Cooper.

The comeback was complete in the 75th minute with Azaz scoring an impressive goal from inside the box into the bottom right corner after being set-up well by sub Lewis Collins.

Jones was sent off for Port Vale three minutes from time to rubber-stamp the victory after he brought down Cooper when the Swansea loanee was in on goal.

Newport County: Joe Day, Cameron Norman, James Clarke, Robbie Willmott, Matt Dolan (C), Courtney Baker-Richardson (Lewis Collins '51), Aaron Lewis, Finn Azaz (Kevin Ellison '88), Dom Telford (Scot Bennett '81), Mickey Demetriou, Oliver Cooper

Subs not used: Nick Townsend, Ryan Haynes, Ed Upson, Jake Cain

Port Vale: Lucas Covolan, James Gibbons, Dan Jones, Brad Walker (Scott Burgess '65), Leon Legge (Mal Benning '79), Nathan Smith, Ben Garrity, Tom Conlon (C), Dennis Politic (Eden Bailey '74), Tom Pett, Lewis Cass

Subs not used: Aidan Stone, Aaron Martin, Ryan Johnson, Danny Amos


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