Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Pool Sneak a Point with Late Recovery; Porter Strikes Late Equalizer

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Pool Sneak a Point with Late Recovery; Porter Strikes Late Equalizer

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Byline: ARTHUR PICKERING

Hartlepool 2

Carlisle United 2

HARTLEPOOL fought back for a point in a hectic second half after Carlisle appeared to have won the game before the break, writes ARTHUR PICKERING.

The Cumbrians were 2-0 up at the break and appeared to be coasting.

But they lost their way in the second half and after narrowing the gap, Hartlepool grabbed a point with a goal with just five minutes left and might even have won it as they threw everybody forward in the closing stages.

Joe Anyinsah posted a warning from Carlisle as early as the third minute, when he cut inside from the right and sent in a low shot that Arran Lee-Barrett could only block at the near post, but the loose ball was scrambled away.

On 10 minutes Richie Humphreys broke up a Carlisle attack and sent Liam Henderson away on the left, but the onloan striker's cross was nowhere near Joel Porter, and a minute later Carlisle were in front.

A long ball from the back was headed out by Ben Clark, but he didn't get much on his clearance and as the ball stood up nicely in front of him, Marc Bridge- Wilkinson volleyed his 25-yard shot into the top corner of the net.

Ten minutes later Pool were close to an equaliser, but Carlisle keeper Ben Williams dived to his left to push Antony Sweeney's 20-yarder round the post for a corner.

But with Graham Kavanagh running the game in midfield, Carlisle looked the better team, Kavanagh almost doubling the lead on the half hour when his volley from the edge of the area was just wide of the target.

Kavanagh was involved as Carlisle made it two five minutes before half-time, swinging a corner from the right to the edge of the area.

Peter Murphy headed towards goal and Cleveland Taylor turned well in front of goal to hook his close-range shot into the roof of the net. Two minutes into the second half Williams then made a onehanded reflex save from Joel Porter's glancing header after Matty Robson's right-wing cross to preserve Carlisle's two-goal lead. …

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