Superb Lions dump holders Barrow out of FA Trophy

Guiseley dumped holders Barrow out of the FA Trophy at the first hurdle with a devastating first half performance, scoring three goals in the first twenty minutes  despite conceding two and finishing the game with only nine men.

The Lions got off to the best possible start afterjust  five minutes when Joe O’Neill curled a right foot shoot into the far corner and nearly doubled their lead seven minutes later following a slick move down the rightinvolving  Danny Boshell, Gavin Rothery and Ryan Toulson. Not to be denied however, two minutes later O’Neill setup the second for  leading scorer James Walshaw to tap home after the ball had broken for him.

Walshaw then had a shot saved but strike partner O’Neill was unable to convert the resulting loose ball. The visitors third came on nineteen minutes as Danny Boshell latched on to half clearance to fire home into the left hand corner and Walshaw also had another effort blocked on the line.

The home side reduced the arrears two minutes into the second half pulling a goal back through Blundell but were then  reduced to ten men when Chadwick was dismissed for punching Walshaw.

 Boshell was denied by a fine save and Luke Sharry was also foiled by the keeper before the Lions were awarded a penalty for a foul on O’Neill and although Walshaw sent the keeper then wrong way his shot spot kick went the wrong side of the post.

The visitor suffered a further setback when Ryan Toulson was dismissed for a second yellow card with fifteen minutesremaining and three minutes later Blundell scored again to reduce the deficit to a sinlge goal. Anthony Lloyd replaced Gavin Rothery and the visitors were seemingly denied a second spot kick when Warren Peyton appeared to be hauled and was subsequently then cautioned for his protestations.

As the game swung from end to end, Steven Drench saved a Barrow penalty to deny them an equaliser and Boshell became the second Guiseley player to be shown a red card, this time for dissent. Despite four minutes added time the Lions held on for a memorable victory which willgo some way to  consigning  the recent FA Cup defeat by Crawley to the history books 

  1. Steven  Drench
  2. Ryan Toulson   sent off 75
  3. Dave Merris
  4. Warren Peyton
  5. Danny  Ellis
  6. Simon Ainge
  7. Gavin Rothery
  8. Danny Boshell 19  sent off 82
  9. Joe O’Neill 5
  10. James Walshaw 14 (James 87)
  11. Luke Sharry

Subs: James, Lloyd, Martens, Fitzgerald, Spivak.