Match report: Matlock 2, Mansfield 1
MATLOCK Town's Massiah McDonald dumped Mansfield Town out of the FA Trophy in dramatic fashion last night as his injury-time goal sealed the fightback and a 2-1 replay win.
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The Stags were in control for the first half and went in at the break in the lead in this first round replay thanks to Colin Daniel's free kick.
But Lewis McMahon levelled just after the break and McDonald caused the cup upset in the second minute of stoppage time as the former Carlton Town striker squirmed a shot underneath Shane Redmond to seal a place in the second round and dump 2011 finalists Mansfield out of the competition at the first hurdle.
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After the poor showing from a tired Mansfield side in the 1-1 draw on Saturday against the Gladiators, manager Paul Cox made six changes to his starting line-up as he freshened things up and gave a few players a rest for this replay.
In came Anthony Howell, Andy Todd, Colin Daniel, Matt Rhead and Jake Speight, as did midfielder Gary Roberts, who had been frozen out but was back for the first time in over month.
Adam Murray and Matt Green dropped to the bench, while Ben Hutchinson, Lindon Meikle, Chris Clements and Louis Briscoe left out altogether.
And Todd was played in by Daniel on the right of the box and after twisting and turning onto his right foot, he thundered his shot into the advertising boards behind the near post.
On 21 minutes, Mansfield were in front. Roberts was chopped down on the edge of the box by Phil Roe and from the right of centre, Daniel struck a stunning low free kick that went beyond the wall and into the far corner at pace, giving goalkeeper Jon Kennedy no chance.
It was all Stags but then Matlock's McDonald floated an effort just over from 18 yards but the hosts were looking a shadow of the side from the weekend which held Mansfield to force this replay.
A great move almost saw Stags double their lead as Rhead played it to Speight, who laid it to Todd before getting the return but somehow Kennedy got down low to palm over Speight's curling shot.
Speight forced Kennedy down low at his front post to keep out a 20-yard effort as Stags continued to dominate.
But they had a let off on 38 minutes when Cotton threaded McDonald inside the box but with just Redmond to beat, he fluffed his lines with a poor shot over the bar.
Stags had another let off deep in first-half stoppage time, after a free kick hit the wall, as Matlock fired in the rebound and McDonald beat the offside shout.
But just a few yards out, he somehow put it over the bar with the goal at his mercy.
But six minutes after the restart, Matlock were level. McDonald, guilty of two bad misses, turned the ball in from the left for the onrushing McMahon and he bundled onto it, into the six-yard box and then poked it beyond Redmond.
Stags were again on the back foot and James Ashmore curled a free kick from right on the edge of the box just inches wide of the far post with Redmond sprawling across.
McDonald was then played clean through by McMahon but inside the box, tried to cut back onto his favoured right foot but saw his shot blocked by John Thompson.
Roberts was then sent off on 77 minutes when he brought down McDonald, his second yellow card of the game, and he saw red.
Seven minutes from time, Stags survived again as Micky Harcourt swung in a free kick from the left and Adam Yates rose to meet it.
But his header cannoned back of the crossbar with Redmond beaten.
Then in the first minute of stoppage time, Bradley Grayson fired against the post but a minute later, McDonald scored the winner for Matlock.
After a few spurned chances, he made amends as he wrestled his way beyond the Stags defence before poking the ball underneath Redmond and in to seal a dramatic win for the Evo-Stik Premier side.
And the fury boiled over as one Mansfield supporter tried to lean over the dugout to vent his fury at boss Cox before being escorted away by the police.
Matlock: Kennedy, Harcourt, Roe, Cotton (Leesley, 88), Yates, Lukic, Grayson (Foster, 90+4), Ashmore, McDonald, McMahon, Davies. Subs: Dennis, Laight, Buxton.
Mansfield: Redmond, Thompson, Sutton, Geohaghon, Jones, Todd, Roberts, Howell, Daniel, Speight (Green, 65), Rhead. Subs: Stevenson, Murray, Pilkington, Wright.
Referee: Darren Handley (Lancashire)