FA Cup - First Round
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Grimsby Town 5-1 St Albans City

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Highlights: Grimsby Town 5-1 St Albans

Grimsby Town substitute Padraig Amond came off the bench to score twice as the Mariners thrashed St Albans City to reach the FA Cup second round.

The National League side led from Conor Townsend's 25-yard free-kick, doubling the lead by the break after Amond poked in, within three minutes of coming on.

Louie Theophanous gave St Albans hope with a strike that went in off the bar.

But Jon-Paul Pittman smashed in, then Marcus Marshall evaded tackles to add a fourth before Amond headed his second.

Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

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Hurst on Grimsby v St Albans City

"I didn't think it was ever going to be a completely pretty game from getting up this morning and seeing the weather. I have to say this isn't said to the players at half-time.

"It's not an excuse for some bits of play at times but the ball is very different, there's no getting away from that. You get a few to train with it but not enough. It is a very different football to what we're used to playing with.

"We spoke about the next goal been important and, in fairness, it was three minutes in I looked at the scoreboard and just thought we could go on and get quite a few more. We've scored five, hit the woodwork twice, had a goal disallowed and missed other chances. That's not bad for a team who probably wasn't firing on all cylinders."

Line-ups

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 2Tait
  • 5Pearson
  • 6Gowling
  • 26TownsendBooked at 75mins
  • 20Arnold
  • 4Brown
  • 16Clay
  • 11MonkhouseSubstituted forRobertsonat 78'minutes
  • 18PittmanSubstituted forMarshallat 74'minutes
  • 9BogleSubstituted forAmondat 43'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Robertson
  • 7Mackreth
  • 10Amond
  • 14Marshall
  • 22Nsiala
  • 23East
  • 24Warrington

St Albans City

  • 1Welch
  • 2Nunn
  • 6Martin
  • 5Comley
  • 3Chappell
  • 8CorcoranSubstituted forGreenat 76'minutes
  • 4Thomas
  • 7Gibson
  • 11MontgomerySubstituted forCrawfordat 54'minutes
  • 10Krans
  • 9TheophanousSubstituted forSowat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Crawford
  • 13Coulton
  • 14Locke
  • 15Kyriacou
  • 16Allen
  • 17Green
  • 18Sow
Referee:
Ryan Johnson
Attendance:
2,263

Match Stats

Home TeamGrimsbyAway TeamSt Albans City
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home18
Away9
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Grimsby Town 5, St Albans City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Grimsby Town 5, St Albans City 1.

Goal!

Goal! Grimsby Town 5, St Albans City 1. Padraig Amond (Grimsby Town) header from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Brown.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Ben Martin.

Foul by Padraig Amond (Grimsby Town).

Ben Martin (St Albans City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Clay (Grimsby Town).

Kevin Krans (St Albans City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, St Albans City. Conceded by Conor Townsend.

Substitution

Substitution, St Albans City. Ghassimu Sow replaces Louie Theophanous.

Goal!

Goal! Grimsby Town 4, St Albans City 1. Marcus Marshall (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Shaun Pearson.

Scott Brown (Grimsby Town) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Ben Martin.

Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harry Crawford (St Albans City).

Attempt missed. Conor Townsend (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Nathan Arnold (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Louie Theophanous (St Albans City).

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Gregor Robertson replaces Andy Monkhouse.

Foul by Richard Tait (Grimsby Town).

Lee Chappell (St Albans City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, St Albans City. Jack Green replaces Sam Corcoran.

Foul by Craig Clay (Grimsby Town).

Sam Corcoran (St Albans City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Conor Townsend (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Marcus Marshall replaces Jon-Paul Pittman because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Grimsby Town 3, St Albans City 1. Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nathan Arnold.

Attempt saved. Andy Monkhouse (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Billy Gibson (St Albans City).

Attempt missed. Harry Crawford (St Albans City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Louie Theophanous (St Albans City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Grimsby Town 2, St Albans City 1. Louie Theophanous (St Albans City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ben Nunn.

Attempt saved. Sam Corcoran (St Albans City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Richard Tait (Grimsby Town).

Sam Corcoran (St Albans City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Conor Townsend (Grimsby Town).

Kevin Krans (St Albans City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Lee Chappell (St Albans City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Scott Brown (Grimsby Town).

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