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Accrington Stanley 2-0 Cambridge United

Shay McCartan fired home his fourth goal in three games to keep Accrington's slim League Two play-off hopes alive and hurt Cambridge United's.

Stanley made it 11 games unbeaten as Sean McConville and McCartan scored the vital goals to move them into 13th place, seven points off the top seven and two behind Cambridge.

Stanley took the lead in the 19th minute when Cambridge failed to clear their lines and Jordan Clark set up McConville in the area and he rifled home his sixth goal of the season.

McConville came close to a second three minutes later but, unmarked at the far post, his effort was saved by goalkeeper Will Norris.

Cambridge's main threat was 17-goal top scorer Luke Berry and he carved out a number of chances, heading wide, having an effort blocked on the line and forcing Aaron Chapman into a good save.

But McCartan celebrated his ninth goal of the season after 54 minutes when Billy Kee's pass sent him racing free and the striker held his nerve to fire beyond Norris.

Stanley could have had more with both McConville and McCartan missing superb chances.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Accrington

  • 20Chapman
  • 32Rodgers
  • 5Beckles
  • 3Hughes
  • 30Donacien
  • 7Clark
  • 16Husin
  • 2Pearson
  • 11McConville
  • 10McCartan
  • 29Kee

Substitutes

  • 1Parish
  • 9Gornell
  • 14Boco
  • 18Hewitt
  • 19Shaw
  • 22Ogle
  • 24Edwards

Cambridge

  • 1Norris
  • 28Halliday
  • 5Roberts
  • 6Legge
  • 19Carroll
  • 2TaylorSubstituted forCorrat 57'minutes
  • 16O'Neil
  • 18MarisSubstituted forNewtonat 61'minutes
  • 8BerryBooked at 33mins
  • 11Dunk
  • 10WilliamsonSubstituted forMcDonaghat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Corr
  • 13Gregory
  • 15McDonagh
  • 22Lewis
  • 24Newton
Referee:
John Busby
Attendance:
1,333

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamCambridge
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home14
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Accrington Stanley 2, Cambridge United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 2, Cambridge United 0.

Attempt missed. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Barry Corr (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matty Pearson (Accrington Stanley).

Attempt missed. Brad Halliday (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Will Norris.

Attempt saved. Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley).

Gerry McDonagh (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Luke Berry (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Foul by Conor Newton (Cambridge United).

Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Jordan Clark.

Attempt missed. Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

Foul by Barry Corr (Cambridge United).

Omar Beckles (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Conor Newton replaces George Maris.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Gerry McDonagh replaces Ben Williamson.

Attempt saved. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Brad Halliday.

Foul by Noor Husin (Accrington Stanley).

Luke Berry (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Barry Corr replaces Greg Taylor.

Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Williamson (Cambridge United).

Goal!

Goal! Accrington Stanley 2, Cambridge United 0. Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sean McConville.

Noor Husin (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jake Carroll (Cambridge United).

Foul by Harvey Rodgers (Accrington Stanley).

Luke Berry (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Omar Beckles (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Berry (Cambridge United).

Second Half

Second Half begins Accrington Stanley 1, Cambridge United 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Cambridge United 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster39239775453078
2Plymouth392361059401975
3Portsmouth392081161352668
4Stevenage391951564521262
5Blackpool391515961402160
6Luton391515956371960
7Exeter391781463471659
8Carlisle391514105658-259
9Mansfield391513114843558
10Colchester39169145551457
11Wycombe391510144747055
12Cambridge39159154844454
13Accrington391313135049152
14Grimsby391410154648-252
15Barnet391215125053-351
16Crewe391212154554-948
17Crawley39139174760-1348
18Yeovil391016134251-946
19Morecambe39137194661-1546
20Notts County39137194365-2246
21Hartlepool391011184965-1641
22Cheltenham39912183955-1639
23Newport39712204364-2133
24Leyton Orient3995254170-2932
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