Shrewsbury Town 0-1 Wrexham: Tom O’Connor sends League Two side into FA Cup fourth round

7 January 2024 0 By Total Football News

Wrexham celebrate scoringWrexham are also flying high in League Two

Wrexham rode their luck as they edged to victory over Shrewsbury Town in the Anglo-Welsh border derby to reach the FA Cup fourth round for the second time in successive seasons.

Tom O’Connor’s wickedly deflected second-half strike was enough for the big-spending League Two side to knock out Matt Taylor’s mid-table League One outfit.

But the Shropshire side had only themselves to blame for not taking their chances, having forced several saves out of Arthur Okonkwo, as well as hitting the crossbar and missing two golden openings.

Shrewsbury had a string of first-half chances as Taylor Perry had a low shot saved, skipper Chey Dunkley saw his effort deflected wide and Jordan Shipley tested Okonkwo from close range.

But the best of them came on 26 minutes when Shipley’s left-wing cross found Tunmise Sobowale two yards out but, with Okonkwo on him, he somehow ballooned over from close range.

Wrexham, although at times looking a threat, had just one direct effort on target when Andrew Cannon’s shot was blocked.

Shrewsbury again looked the likelier side to score at the start of the second half as Perry fired over and a Dunkley header was scrambled clear.

Wrexham striker Paul Mullin eventually got in down the left to force a first save from Town keeper Marko Marosi from a narrow angle.

Shrewsbury then came close to going in front when left-back Mal Benning robbed Max Cleworth on the left, surged forward, held off two challenges and clipped a delightful curling shot with the outside of his left foot that came back off the bar.

And within five minutes Wrexham were ahead with a slice of luck as O’Connor collected George Evans’ pass to take a poke at goal from 15 yards out, which took a big deflection off Town skipper Dunkley to fly past Marosi.

Even then, with Wrexham now the dominant team, Town rallied and had two chances to level in injury time, but Perry was wide with both efforts, the first of them when he too really should have scored.

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Marosi
  • 5FeeneySubstituted forPierreat 90+1′minutes
  • 22Dunkley
  • 4AndersonBooked at 60minsSubstituted forSrahaat 78′minutes
  • 17Bennett
  • 14Perry
  • 42Kenneh
  • 3BenningSubstituted forIdowuat 68′minutes
  • 15SobowaleSubstituted forBaylissat 68′minutes
  • 26Shipley
  • 9BowmanBooked at 57minsSubstituted forMataat 79′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Sraha
  • 7Winchester
  • 12Idowu
  • 13Burgoyne
  • 16Pierre
  • 20Bayliss
  • 27Mata
  • 43Loughran
  • 45Whitney

Wrexham

Formation 3-5-2

  • 33Okonkwo
  • 32Cleworth
  • 4TozerBooked at 88mins
  • 22O’Connor
  • 14FordeSubstituted forBarnettat 68′minutes
  • 20CannonSubstituted forJonesat 77′minutes
  • 12Evans
  • 38LeeSubstituted forDaviesat 90+4′minutes
  • 23McCleanBooked at 57mins
  • 10Mullin
  • 26FletcherSubstituted forDalbyat 68′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3McFadzean
  • 7Davies
  • 8Young
  • 18Dalby
  • 25Boyle
  • 27Bickerstaff
  • 29Barnett
  • 30Jones
  • 31McNicholas
Referee:
Andrew Kitchen
Attendance:
9,304

Match Stats

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Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 0, Wrexham 1.

Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 0, Wrexham 1.