Newport County 1-0 Port Vale


Kevin Ellison celebrates his late goal
Kevin Ellison joined Newport County on a one-year deal in September after being released by Morecambe

Kevin Ellison scored a dramatic stoppage time goal as Newport County beat Port Vale to retain top spot in League Two.

Substitute Elllison, 41, struck from close range after Port Vale failed to clear a corner deep into six minutes of injury time.

Vale had Leon Legge sent off in the second half.

The Exiles are three points clear at the top of the table while Vale are ninth after a third successive defeat.

Both sides played their part in an expansive and entertaining first half with Liam Shephard having three opportunities for County while Jamie Proctor could not find the target.

Vale too had their chances with David Worrall and Tom Conlon denied by Nick Townsend while Nathan Brown glanced a header wide.

Newport made a good start to the second half with Brandon Cooper heading over from Matt Dolan’s corner.

Padraig Amond and Cooper both headed wide as County pressed for a goal before veteran Ellison’s late winner.

Line-ups

Newport

  • 30Townsend
  • 6CooperBooked at 30mins
  • 8Dolan
  • 28DemetriouBooked at 64mins
  • 32ShephardSubstituted forWillmottat 77′minutes
  • 10Sheehan
  • 19Twine
  • 3HaynesSubstituted forEllisonat 85′minutes
  • 14DevittSubstituted forLabadieat 64′minutes
  • 18ProctorSubstituted forAmondat 64′minutes
  • 11Abrahams

Substitutes

  • 1King
  • 2Baker
  • 4Labadie
  • 7Willmott
  • 9Amond
  • 17Bennett
  • 22Ellison

Port Vale

  • 1Brown
  • 17Clark
  • 5LeggeBooked at 68mins
  • 6Smith
  • 11MontañoBooked at 74minsSubstituted forCrookesat 89′minutes
  • 20Burgess
  • 8Oyeleke
  • 10ConlonSubstituted forFitzpatrickat 45′minutes
  • 7WorrallBooked at 25mins
  • 13CullenSubstituted forBrisleyat 70′minutes
  • 21RodneySubstituted forRobinsonat 67′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Crookes
  • 12Robinson
  • 16Brisley
  • 22McKirdy
  • 24Fitzpatrick
  • 27Hurst
  • 30Visser

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