Goals by Thompson, Campbell and Donawa
Trafford 1 Darlington 3,
Thompson 38 mins 0-1, Salmon 65 mins, 1-1, Campbell 67 mins, 1-2, Donawa 88 mins, 1-3
Quakers won their first FA Cup tie in five years with a 3-1 victory at Shawe View.
They had the vast majority of possession as Trafford shut up shop, and kept their composure when the home side levelled in the second half.
Stephen Thompson's 98th goal for the club put them in the lead at half time, and after Lewis Salmon equalised, they went 2-1 up within two minutes through Adam Campbell. Justin Donawa then made sure in the dying minutes.
You could sense the relief amongst Darlington fans at the final whistle -- and the first taste of an FA Cup win since the preliminary round win over West Auckland back in 2014.
There was also the small matter of prize money for winning -- £6,750.
Stephen Thompson made a good early run when he cut in from the left, beat two defenders, but his low shot from the edge of the area went straight to the keeper.
Joe Wheatley then had a shot charged down, then Jarrett Rivers put a teasing cross over from the left that Cooper held.
Campbell then charged down a clearance from Cooper wide in the penalty area, but from a tight angle couldn’t roll the ball in.
On 11 minutes, a good run by Liddle found Campbell on the corner of the box, and his shot on the turn was saved low down by Cooper, then on 17 minutes Wheatley tried his luck with a 35 yarder from way out on the left, but Cooper held on to it.
Quakers were knocking the ball around well at this point, but Trafford had a half chance when Salmon found half a yard inside the Darlo box, but Galbraith blocked his shot.
Quakers nearly scored on 31 minutes. Liddle’s corner into the near post was flicked up in the air by Thompson, Cooper flapped at the ball, and Thompson, with his back to goal, turned and fired into the side netting.
They kept the pressure going,and another patient build up involving Wheatley and O’Neill saw Thompson fire over the top.
Quakers took the lead on 38 minutes. Dan Hedley played the ball well up the right, and when Campbell crossed into the middle, Thompson rose high to head past Cooper, his 98th for the club.
Campbell then intercepted a backpass and only had Cooper to beat, but the angle was tight and his pull back for O’Neill was intercepted.
Half time: Trafford 0 Darlington 1
At the start of the second half, Thompson nearly got on the end of a Liddle cross from the left to make it 2-0.
Another chance came along when four players combined to set up Campbell, whose low drive was well saved by Cooper.
Trafford had their first chance of the half when Kenny nodded down a left wing cross for Mustapha to fire well over the top.
However, Quakers went down the other end, and Galbraith was just inches over with a header from a Hatfield cross.
Trafford levelled on 65 minutes. The ball came into the Darlington box from the right, Quakers couldn’t get it away, and Lewis Salmon fired past Elliott.
But Quakers were back in front within two minutes. Thompson whipped a free kick from 25 yards that Cooper parried, and Campbell sidefooted the loose ball in.
There was a nervous moment for Quakers when O’Brien headed a left wing corner just over the top.
Quakers nearly made it 3-1 when Campbell found Thompson with an excellent crossfield pass, Thompson helped the ball on to Donawa, whose shot was stopped by the keeper’s outstretched leg.
Quakers then had some defending to do, and Galbraith deflected a right foot shot by Salmon just wide.
However, Campbell forced a good save out of Cooper with a low shot on 85 minutes, then Cooper denied Donawa, who had been put through by Hatfield.
Quakers got their third on 88 minutes when Holness crossed perfectly from the left for Donawa to head past Cooper.
Final: Trafford 1 Darlington 3
Elliott: Hedley, Watson, Galbraith, Liddle, Wheatley (sub Bascome 88), Hatfield, Rivers (sub Donawa 75), Thompson (Holness 80), O’Neill, Campbell.
Subs: Bell, Holliday, Morrison, Stansfield
Trafford: Cooper, Kenny, Amado, Baird, O’Brien (sub Schofield 71), Mustapha (sub Miller 75), Davidson, Salmon, Rydings, Grimshaw (sub Palma 61)
Subs: Palmer, Rooney, Gabidon, Johnson
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