Hallinan goals see Woodhouse through in cup marathon

Woodhouse United's Joe Whitham
Woodhouse United's Joe Whitham

Woodhouse United made it back to back wins, battling through the second round of the Rochdale Sunday League cup with a 5-4 win away to divisional rivals Cardinal Villa.

They needed extra time to do it, two goals from Patrick Hallinan in quick succession doing the trick after they had equalised three times in the opening 90 minutes.

Villa drew first blood after 20 minutes with United again undone at a set piece, this time to a free header at a corner.

Simon Outram and James Staz combined nicely for Terry Lowe to quickly equalise but Villa restored their lead just before half time.

Manager Marc Walters brought himself on at the break and promptly showed his side how to do it from Joe Whitham’s ball in, dancing past two players and applying a finish.

The hosts went 3-2 up with 10 minutes left but Whitham saved the visitors’ bacon from just inside the area after Gary Fish’s ball in from the right.

Hallinan’s double made it 5-3 but Villa got a fourth to leave United hanging on.

Woodhouse host Highfield in the divisional cup on Sunday. Highfield won an earlier league meeting 4-3, after being 4-0 up, and Walters has high hopes of turning the tables with a more settled squad.