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EFL Football Manager Cup: Iron 2-1 Carlisle United

22 April 2020

The Iron are through to Round Two of the EFL Football Manager Cup following a dramatic 2-1 win against Carlisle United.

Scunthorpe's manager for the competition is Head of Performance Analysist Harry Jamieson, while he was taking on Cumbrians fans Riegan Thompson.

It was a match full of drama, although the Iron lead for most of the game thanks to Yann Songo'o's eighth minute opener, only to be dealt a hammer blow in the 89th minute when the opposition drew level.

Despite this, deep into stoppage time, Scunthorpe were awarded a penalty following a foul from former player Byron Webster, with Abo Eisa confidently converting from 12-yards in the 95th minute.

Carlisle have the first opening on two minutes following a throw-in and cross down the right. The ball is worked to Thomas, but the shot is wide.

Soon after, back-to-back shots for the Iron threaten to open the scoring as Hammill sees one saved before George Miller hits one off target.

On eight minutes, the deadlock was broken in favour of Scunthorpe as a move from the tactics board as a corner is played short to Ryan Colclough. He then crossed for Songo’o to head into the net.

12 minutes later, Kevin van Veen lined up a free-kick following a foul on the edge of the area, but his effort hits the wall.

On 26 minutes, Thomas’ corner is headed on target by Olufela Olomola, who is on loan at Carlisle from the Iron, but the effort is saved by Rory Watson.

Just before half time, Jordan Gabriel was shown the first yellow card of the match, but Scunthorpe took their lead into the interval.

The Cumbrians made one half time alteration, with Stefan Scougall coming on for Kelvin Etuhu, but it wasn't until the 57th minute when the first meaningful attack of the second period occured. Gabriel's long throw into the Carlisle penalty area was headed clear by Webster. Thomas picked up the ball and drove down the left channel. His eventual effort was spectacularly saved by Rory Watson.

Shortly after, Regan Slater became the latest addition into the referee’s notebook, joining Gabriel who was cautioned in the first half.

Harry made a double switch on 58 minutes, replacing Hammill and George Miller with Abo Eisa and Ben Liddle, also changing the shape. Meanwhile, Olomola was withdrawn by the opposition, with Joshua Kayode on in his place.

Colclough then made it 3-0 to the Iron, but in terms of yellow cards, when he committed another foul.

On 67 minutes, Carlisle had a chance to equalise when Harry McKirdy found space to take a shot from 18-yards, with the ball hitting the top of the bar.

3-0 became 4-0 three minutes later when Harrison McGahey entered the referee's growing list of cautioned players. McKirdy was then replaced by Lewis Alessandra for the Cumbrians in their final roll of the dice while Gabriel - who was walking a tightrope - was replaced by Jordan Clarke in Scunthorpe's final switch too.

14 minutes from time, Carlisle's latest substitute had a glorious chance to level after the ball was put on a plate by Thomas. He stormed down the left channel and puts in a cross but Alessandra couldn’t connect.

78 minutes in, van Veen had an effort expertly saved from 15-yards out following a through ball from Colclough as the Iron looked to put the game to bed.

Carlisle finally had a yellow card to their name in the 84th minute - Mike Jones the recipient.

With 89 minutes showing on the clock, the Cumbrians levelled. Following a foul, they are awarded a free-kick 25-yards out, which Nathan Thomas’ sublimy curls over the wall and into the corner of the net.

The drama wasn't over there though, and with four minutes of added time signalled, the referee pointed to the spot following a foul by Webster. The former Iron player was cautioned and in the fifth minute of that added-on time, substitute Eisa converted to put Scunthorpe through to Round Two of the competition.

IRON: Watson, Songo'o, Colclough, van Veen, Hammill (Eisa, 58), Gabriel (Clarke, 71), McArdle, McGahey, Slater, Brown, Miller (Liddle, 58).

IRON SUBS UNUSED: Butler, Gilliead, Sutton, McAtee.

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