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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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Port Vale 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. 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.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Sam Hornby.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Tyrone Barnett.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Luke Hannant.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Charlie Kirk replaces Callum Ainley.

  13. Substitution

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

  14. Booking

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Harry McKirdy (Crewe Alexandra).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Harry McKirdy replaces James Jones.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Accrington39255966402680
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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