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MATCH PREVIEW: United face the Latics in the Carabao Cup

Another cup game for the Blues

4 September 2020

Carlisle have become a bit of a bogey side for the Latics over recent seasons and, indeed, you have to go back to April 2014 to find an Oldham victory over the Blues.


The six meetings between the teams since then have brought United five wins and a draw.

Boxing Day 2018 provided a memorable clash as the Cumbrians slogged their way through a tight first half, with goals from Hallam Hope and Jerry Yates providing them with a cushion that was more comfortable than the end-to-end nature of the action suggested it should be.

But then came the second half. Ashley Nadesan, Yates again, and Danny Grainger took advantage of a suddenly hesitant visiting defence to put the points beyond doubt, and Gary Liddle added real six-appeal as he rounded off an excellent day’s work with a rare goal in added time.

Another stunner of a meeting was the EFL Trophy encounter at Boundary Park in August 2016. The journalists covering the game were just as exhausted as the players who took part as a match that had absolutely everything unfolded before them.

Just 16 minutes in and Oldham’s Billy McKay opened the floodgates, only for Michael Raynes to equalise from a set piece in the very next attack. Reggie Lambe edged Carlisle in front four minutes later, and an unfortunate own goal from Cameron Burgess on the half hour gave United a 3-1 lead to take into the break.

The Latics kicked off the second period, and two goals in two mad minutes from Darius Osei had the score back at level pegging.

Oliver Banks celebrated wildly as he put the home side back in front with 25 minutes left to play, but Tom Miller and Charlie Wyke notched late to give Carlisle their win from what had been a rip-roaring encounter.

We should perhaps mention that Macaulay Gillesphey helped to make things even more interesting when he was sent off with 82 minutes on the clock.


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Transfer activity started back in June for Oldham when Alex Iacovitti moved to Ross County on a free. A quiet spell followed, but rumours that Zak Mills was heading to Port Vale were eventually confirmed in the middle of July.

New faces started arriving in August, with Carl Piergianni making the short hop from Salford to join his new club. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson arrived from Manchester United the same day.

Bobby Grant was recruited from Wrexham a fortnight ago, and his team mate David Keillor-Dunn joined him just 24 hours later.

The influx of new blood continued as Conor McAleny left Fleetwood to become a Latic, with new manager Harry Kewell stating that he was looking to complete more business before the new campaign kicked off.

That has most definitely been the case with what has been another busy spell. 21-year-old midfielder Callum Whelan returned to the Manchester area when he joined on a two-year deal on his release from Watford 10 days ago, and the defensive ranks were bolstered with a double signing on the first day of this month.

Kyle Jameson left Fylde to head to Boundary Park and Jordan Barnett, who can also play in midfield, was most recently with Barnsley before he made his switch.

And there was more to come as recently as Wednesday when another midfielder, Ben Garrity, came in on a season-long loan deal from parent club Blackpool.


The prolific Danny Rowe joined Oldham from AFC Fylde during the January 2020 transfer window having built up a reputation of scoring for fun during his time with the Coasters.

His first game for the Latics was in our 1-1 draw at Boundary Park, and he notched three goals in 10 appearances for his new club before lockdown was imposed. Tenacious and lively around the box, he’s one who will need to be closely monitored.


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Oldham 1 – 1 United 18 Jan 2020

Carlisle 1 – 0 Oldham 28 Sep 2019 

Carlisle 6 – 0 Oldham 26 Dec 2018

Oldham 4 – 5 Carlisle 30 August 2016


Referee - Carl Boyeson
Assistant Referee 1 - Barry Gordon
Assistant Referee 2 - Daniel Woodward
Fourth Official - Lewis Smith

Our referee for this game is Mr Carl Boyeson.

This will be the first game Carl has taken charge of this season.

A regular for Carlisle United fixtures, we saw him just once in the last campaign. That was for the August 2019 visit of Mansfield when Danny Rose and Nicky Maynard put the visitors two goals to the good before the break.

That was how the game ended, but it was a day for cards as three of the away side were joined by Byron Webster for United with yellow cards.

Season 2018/19 put him in charge of our games on three different occasions. He was the man in the middle for our 3-0 away defeat at Stevenage in April - a day which also saw Gary Miller and Tom Parkes go in the book.

Prior to that he was our match referee in January when he took charge of the home game against Cheltenham. Early second half goals from Jamie Devitt and Hallam Hope bagged us the victory, and there were no United names taken on the day.

Also, in November 2018, he officiated for our home game against Forest Green in November. Ben Morris and Carl Winchester had given the visitors a two-goal cushion, but a late Jamie Devitt penalty turned out to be nothing more than a consolation as Rovers claimed their victory. Anthony Gerrard was the only Carlisle name to be logged.

Think back a little further and he was in charge of a game that turned into a thriller for all the wrong reasons when we made the trip to face Wycombe in February 2018. A horrible first half saw the Blues go two goals behind as Matt Bloomfield and Luke O'Nien bagged quickfire goals either side of the half hour mark.

The tide changed at the start of the second half when O'Nien was sent off, and a penalty from Danny Grainger brought United right back into the game. Jamie Devitt and Cole Stockton turned it well and truly on its head, and the visitors appeared to have secured the three points as the clock ticked in to time added on.

That was when the world fell apart for the Cumbrians as Marcus Bean and Paris Cowan-Hall pounced within seconds of each other to leave the away side pondering what might have been. 


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MATCH REPORT: Latics 3 - 0 United

Report from the first round fixture

5 September 2020

United were back in cup action at Boundary Park on Saturday afternoon as they faced fellow League Two side Oldham Athletic in the first round of this season's Carabao Cup.

There were two changes to Tuesday's starting eleven, with Dean Furman and Callum Guy in to replace Gav Reilly and Danny Devine, and there were welcome returns to the bench for Jack Armer and Omari Patrick following their pre-season injury niggles. 

If behind closed doors for a midweek game felt strange, it was even more weird for a Saturday afternoon fixture which would usually have seen somewhere in the region of 700 travelling Carlisle fans take their place in the stands.

But that was how it had to be, and United created an early half chance when fleet of foot from Alessandra saw him come away with the ball halfway inside the Oldham half. He fed it to Guy, and his clipped pass found Anderton in space. An outswinging delivery was just an inch in front of Alessandra as he tried to put his head on it.

Good defending from Hayden prevented McAleny from finding a way into the box as the Latics looked to create, but it was another slick move from the visitors which caught the eye as Tanner pulled wide. He bounced it off Guy, Alessandra got involved, and a lay-off for Furman invited him to shoot. It had power but it rose over the target.

A shot from nothing from Keillor-Dunn almost took the orange shirts by surprise when he bent his run from the left flank. He struck it well, and Farman had to readjust quickly to beat it to the floor and then gather it up. 

Things remained tight between two teams who worked hard, and McAleny was busy again as he tried to find Grant at the back stick. His cross dipped late and the forward could do nothing with it.

The orange shirts were awarded a free kick on 19 minutes when Toure was pushed to the floor tight by the right hand touchline, and a superb delivery from Riley had to be dealt with. Piergianni got there in the nick of time before McDonald could pounce.

United had defending to do on 25 minutes when Tanner and then McDonald cleared as Keillor-Dunn and McAleny looked to open things up. Dean Furman and Hayden did the sweeping up from the corners that followed.

But the Blues were undone on 29 minutes when a Grant free kick found Ben Garrity, who had joined on loan from Blackpool just 48-hours earlier, completely unmarked at the back post. He had the time and space to pick his spot, and he left Farman with no chance.

A misplaced pass from Keillor-Dunn presented Alessandra with an unexpected opening just after the restart, but he got too much on it and Lawlor was able to watch it away. Carlisle came again with a neat pass from Guy and a cross from Riley, but it hit a defender and the keeper came off his line to claim it.

Midfielder Callum Guy was next to try his luck, after he spun on a quickly taken free kick on the edge of the box, but it was rushed and it flew into the stands. 

An unforced error from an overhit pass from Anderton gifted Grant a clear run at goal from the halfway line and he drew the stopper before calmly doubling the home advantage.

There was a scare for the visitors on the stroke of half time when McAleny made it to the byeline before cutting it back. A deflection left Borthwick-Jackson with just the keeper to beat, but he was disappointed to see it crash down to safety off the underside of the bar.

A precautionary substitution saw Gav Reilly come on for Dean Furman at the start of the second half, and it was United who created the first chance when Tanner and Alessandra combined out wide. The cross came, and it spooned high as Mellish challenged. Lawlor closed the gap to make the block. 

The resulting corner caused all kinds of problems with Hayden first to the ball. His header struck Jombati and the stopper pushed out a hand to tip it over the bar as it came off the defender's shoulder.

The visitors stayed forward and Riley was picked out by a fantastic pass from Guy. A low delivery hit Hamer on its way into the box and that was enough to take the sting out of it.

Another unforced error in midfield broke up what had been a good Carlisle spell, and Grant and McAleny were able to fashion a chance for Fage, who arrived late. His 22-yarder was on the up from the moment it left his foot.

Tanner worked hard to beat his man and get a cross in as the away side continued to probe, and a corner from Riley was glanced by McDonald as he tried to make it his own. He couldn't quite find the direction and the moment was gone.

Oldham survived a goalmouth scramble from a long throw from Alessandra which got the slightest of initial touches from Toure. The referee blew his whistle as a number of orange shirts tried to find the magic touch.

Skill from Toure saw him dump Hamer to the floor over by the corner flag as the Cumbrians pushed and pushed to get back into the game, but his cut back spun past Alessandra before Borthwick-Jackson hooked it clear. 

It was all about the away side and crosses from Riley and Mellish earned corners, with United heads first to both of them without quite managing to make them count.

More good pressure from United saw Toure pull wide, take a touch and then surge into the area. Another disguised pull back was inviting, but angled behind the line of onrushing attackers.

The tricky Toure was suddenly a willing outlet and he dropped a shoulder and turned Hamer again before arrowing it through bodies. Alessandra stretched but it was a difficult header to make and Whelan helped it on its way.

Carlisle should have been back in it with 15 minutes left to play when a short corner routine brought a precise delivery from Guy. Substitute Gav Reilly was on his own, and just four yards out, but the ball somehow squirmed off his head and over the bar.

The United crosses kept coming, with Charters accurate as he sent one in with his left foot, but Jombati did enough to put Tanner off.

A snapshot from Alessandra from the edge of the area had Lawlor worried, but it grazed the roof of the net as it dropped just too late.

Jack Armer came on for Jon Mellish to make his debut late in the game, and Reilly went close again when he jumped highest to meet an Anderton delivery. Lawlor had to take care as it came his way at speed.

But it was Oldham who rounded things off with a killer goal in the 90th minute when a break from deep saw McAleny come at the target from a tight angle. He drilled his shot low as he bore down on the keeper and Farman appeared to be wrong-footed as it zipped into his net.



Oldham Athletic - Garrity (29), Grant (37), McAleny (90)



Oldham Athletic - Da Silva (90)

Carlisle United - Anderton (53), McDonald (67), Hayden (90)



Oldham Athletic - Lawlor, Borthwick-Jackson, Jombati, Piergianni (c), Garrity, Whelan, Keillor-Dunn (Barnett 81), Grant (Da Silva 90), Fage (Dearnley 73), McAleny, Hamer. Subs - Woods (gk), Rowe, Jameson, Hough. 

Carlisle United - Farman, Tanner, Hayden, McDonald, Anderton (c), Furman (Reilly 46), Guy, Mellish (Armer 83), Alessandra, Toure, Riley (Charters 71). Subs - Dewhurst, Devine, Hunt, Patrick.


Referee - Mr Carl Boyeson

Attendance - behind closed doors

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