Nov 11, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​The Meadowbank Ground, Nailsworth
Shortwood UnitedShortwood United
0-4
Port Vale

Coates (45'), Culley (57')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Myrie-Williams (14', 88'), Birchall (30'), Lines (90')
Pope (45'), Chilvers (67')

Result: Port Vale avoid FA Cup upset with Shortwood United win

Port Vale safely negotiate a potential FA Cup first-round banana skin, scoring two late goals on their way to beating Shortwood United 4-0 this evening.

Port Vale have avoided a major upset in the first round of the FA Cup by beating non-league Shortwood United 4-0.

The visitors took the lead after just 14 minutes when Chris Birchall ran at the Shortwood defence before moving the ball on to Jennison Myrie-Williams, who drove his low strike across the keeper and into the bottom corner.

It could have been 2-0 just five minutes later when Tom Pope found himself unmarked in the six-yard box, but he steered his header straight at Tom King in the Shortwood goal.

Jake Parrott of Shortwood United hits a free kick during the FA Cup First Round match between Shortwood United and Port Vale at Meadowbank Stadium on November 11, 2013© Getty Images

King was called into action again in the 26th minute when he parried Lee Hughes's stinging volley away after the hosts could only half-clear a long ball forward.

The second goal came on the half-hour mark when Pope got on the end of Hughes's flick on. The striker's effort was saved by King, but he could do nothing about Birchall tapping home the rebound from four yards.

Port Vale came within inches of extending their lead even further in the 72nd minute when Pope rose highest in the box to direct a header goalwards, but his effort came off the underside of the bar.

The visitors did make it 3-0 with just two minutes of normal time remaining as Myrie-Williams netted his second goal of the match from the penalty spot.

They added a fourth two minutes into stoppage time to complete the scoring, as Lines nodded Myrie-Williams's cross past King to end Shortwood's remarkable cup run in emphatic fashion.

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