Stockport County 5-3 Bolton Wanderers: An FA cup upset for the ages
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From the moment you drove into the Greater Manchester town of Stockport, you could sense that this was a big occasion. 

League form might be the priority for both sides, but this encounter had everything, local rivals at a sell-out Edgeley Park, Antoni Sarcevic facing his former club and the TV cameras were here to witness it.

The atmosphere was electric at kick-off, the perfect conditions for a cup upset.

After a thrilling 90 minuites, the game was decided in extra-time, and saw goals from Scott Quigley and Ollie Crankshaw secure Stockport County's place in the next round, at the expense of Bolton Wanderers who sit two divisions above them.

Story of the game

The hosts were committing men forward and the first goal came from a Bolton counter attack. It was former Premier League star Elias Kachunga who got lucky when his shot deflected in.

A second came minuites later with County defender Ash Palmer putting the ball into his own net.

Despite the disastrous start, The Hatters were creating chances to get back into it.

Their luck paid off when they were awarded a penalty, Lloyd Isgrove tripped Ryan Rydel in the box. It was converted by Paddy Madden.

No sooner had they scored, Bolton got a third, a calamity error between Ethan Ross and Mark Kitchen left Amadou Bakayoko with an open goal.

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However, County remained spirited and just before half-time grabbed themselves a second, as the in-form Quigley latched onto a cross and headed home. This was his second goal in the tie.

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County started the second half looking the brightest. Quigley had a chance to get double his tally, but scuffed a shot from outside of the box.

The Hatters kept pilling the pressure on and the chances were coming in numbers, and with just seven minuites to go their hard work paid off. 

A bullet header from Palmer saw County grab the equaliser in dramatic fashion.

Both sides searched for the winner, but it wasn't found and we headed for extra-time.

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Fatigue was beginning to set in at the start of extra-time, but that didn't stop County. They took the lead for the first time after Quigley lobbed Joel Dixon to get his second.

Just before the end County wrapped it up in style with an inviting through ball resulting in a superb goal from substitute Crankshaw.

The away side did all they could to force penalties, but it wasn't to be, and when the last whistle sounded the stadium erupted.

Man of the match

All of County’s players worked their socks off, and despite losing there were even some good goals from the visitors, with Elias Kachnuga’s solo effort the pick of them.

But tonight, and throughout the whole tie, it was Scott Quigley who shone. The forward played under opposition manager Ian Evatt at Barrow for a short period before joining Stockport, but The Trotters were still unable to deal with him.

His strong presence in the box and in the air brought two goals that won his side the game. If County are to be successful this season he will be a key part of that.

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