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Crewe Alexandra 2-2 Port Vale

Charlie Kirk scored a stoppage-time leveller as Crewe shared derby honours with Port Vale after a thrilling 2-2 League Two draw.

Antony Kay's 71st-minute long-range effort appeared to have won it for Vale as they came from behind after enduring the worst possible start when goalkeeper Ryan Boot gifted Crewe an opener through Ryan Wintle.

Tom Pope levelled from the penalty spot before the break and Kay volleyed in before the late drama.

The opener arrived as James Jones' free-kick slipped out of the grasp of young stopper Boot to present Wintle with a free header into an empty net in the seventh minute.

Boot's confidence plummeted further when he spilled a routine cross and was injured in the process, while Vale boss Neil Aspin took the opportunity to replace him with Sam Hornby.

Inexperience showed again when Vale drew level in the 36th minute with Newcastle United loanee Jamie Sterry guilty of a reckless challenge on Luke Hannant inside the box. Former Crewe striker Pope fired past Ben Garratt from the spot.

Ben Whitfield forced a reaction save from Crewe keeper Garratt, while at the other end Hornby excelled when keeping out Wintle's effort on the stroke of half-time as the Crewe midfielder eyed up a second.

After the break Jordan Bowery blazed over with the goal at his mercy. But Kay's connection was sweet when the veteran midfielder dispatched home a half-volley from 30 yards out with less than 20 minutes remaining.

Crewe responded and Hornby did well to keep out Paul Green's volley and Eddie Nolan's late effort, but the hosts were not to be denied and substitute Harry McKirdy squared the ball for Kirk to fire home and seal a late point.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 42SterryBooked at 36mins
  • 5Ray
  • 12Nolan
  • 18Pickering
  • 14AinleySubstituted forKirkat 84'minutes
  • 8JonesSubstituted forMcKirdyat 77'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 30Green
  • 15Wintle
  • 10Bowery
  • 32MillerSubstituted forPorterat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Walker
  • 6Raynes
  • 7Porter
  • 9Dagnall
  • 13Richards
  • 20Kirk
  • 39McKirdy

Port Vale

  • 23BootSubstituted forHornbyat 23'minutes
  • 21GibbonsBooked at 67mins
  • 33HowkinsBooked at 28mins
  • 24Smith
  • 11Montaño
  • 10Worrall
  • 6KayBooked at 56mins
  • 32TongeSubstituted forBarnettat 45'minutes
  • 34Hannant
  • 31Whitfield
  • 9PopeSubstituted forMyers-Harnessat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Howe
  • 5Davis
  • 7Myers-Harness
  • 12Hornby
  • 14Barnett
  • 15Forrester
  • 35Middleton
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
6,680

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Port Vale 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Port Vale 2.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 2, Port Vale 2. Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by George Ray.

Foul by Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra).

Luke Hannant (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Sam Hornby.

Attempt saved. Eddie Nolan (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Tyrone Barnett.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Luke Hannant.

Attempt saved. Harry McKirdy (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Charlie Kirk replaces Callum Ainley.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Marcus Myers-Harness replaces Tom Pope.

Booking

Harry McKirdy (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Harry McKirdy (Crewe Alexandra).

Cristian Montaño (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Harry McKirdy (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Harry McKirdy replaces James Jones.

Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ben Whitfield (Port Vale).

Attempt saved. Paul Green (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Kyle Howkins.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 1, Port Vale 2. Antony Kay (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Chris Porter replaces Shaun Miller.

Booking

James Gibbons (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Gibbons (Port Vale).

Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

Attempt missed. Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Foul by Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra).

Nathan Smith (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay in match Tyrone Barnett (Port Vale) because of an injury.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Cristian Montaño.

Booking

Antony Kay (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Antony Kay (Port Vale).

Foul by Shaun Miller (Crewe Alexandra).

Kyle Howkins (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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2Luton412211884434177
3Wycombe412111975552074
4Exeter40216135445969
5Notts County4118131061431867
6Lincoln City401813957421567
7Coventry401981350381265
8Mansfield401615957431463
9Swindon40195166160162
10Colchester411613125145661
11Carlisle411612135750760
12Newport391315114950-154
13Crawley41159175158-754
14Cambridge401412144252-1054
15Cheltenham411212175960-148
16Stevenage401212165457-348
17Yeovil38129175359-645
18Crewe41135235267-1544
19Port Vale411013184557-1243
20Morecambe39915153848-1042
21Forest Green40117224869-2140
22Grimsby41911213363-3038
23Chesterfield3897224168-2734
24Barnet4189243763-2633
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