COLNE came away empty-handed from their game at Bootle despite creating a series of chances.
The Reds should have taken the lead after only six minutes when new striker Mark Coyne was inches away from converting Andy Tinker’s low cross in the home goalmouth. And Colne looked to be in the driving seat during the opening period with some good build-ups involving Danny Boyle who saw his shot deflected across the goalmouth following a free kick after 15 minutes.
But Bootle began to look dangerous when attacking on the wings and took the lead after 28 minutes from a move out on the left. A dipping cross by Michael Young was spilled by keeper Chris Thompson under pressure at the near post and Lee Thompson fired home from close range.
Bootle were lifted by the goal and came close again just before half time when Lee Thompson headed over the bar from close range after Thomas Foley had made the chance with a dribble inside the penalty area.
In the second half, Tinker raced clear on a long through ball from Steve Pickup but was denied by a last ditch tackle by Sean Coulton inside the home penalty area and, as play continued, a hard cross was deflected just out of Coyne’s reach at the far post. On the hour, Micky Woodvine’s through ball released Coyne for a run on goal but Michael Carberry won the ball with a timely tackle inside the penalty area.
But disaster struck after 62 minutes when James Crorken’s back-pass was picked up by Lee Thompson and his lob came back off the far post and into the net off the unfortunate Richard Johnson to double Bootle’s lead.
Both sides livened up their attacks with the introduction of substitutes and Ben Bridson with his first touch provided an excellent cross for Sam Hayes in the Bootle goalmouth but keeper David Moran got down well to claim the ball at his feet. Then Bright Maduka’s through ball sent Coyne on a run into the penalty area but Moran again reacted well to save his shot.
But Bootle themselves created some good chances in the closing stages with a series of firmly driven shots just off target and ran out comfortable winners.
Colne bowed out of the LFA Co-operative Trophy after a battling performance against the big guns of Barrow at the XLCR Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Reds can count themselves unlucky after dominating most of the first half and giving their visitors from the Blue Square Bet Premier League plenty of problems.
Colne took the game to their opponents from the start and Micky Woodvine saw his firm shot saved by the keeper following a good build-up after eight minutes. Andy Tinker’s dangerous cross was cleared from the goalmouth by central defender Phil Bolland as Colne created a series of good attacks.
Mark Coyne provided a great chance with a cross from the bye-line but Mark Threlfall was inches away from making contact in the goalmouth.
After 18 minutes, Danny Gleave forced a great save from Barrow keeper Shaun Pearson as he turned his shot over the bar. The Barrow defence looked more ragged as they came under pressure but the Reds appealed in vain for a penalty when Billy Priestley was pushed in the back as he tried to get his head to a Michael Cruz cross on the half hour.
And three minutes later, a crunching tackle on Cruz by Andy Nicholas put the Colne midfielder out of the game and brought only a yellow card from the referee.
With half-time approaching, Barrow created their first clear chance but Chris Thompson made a great save with his feet in a one-on-one. And, as play switched back to the other end, Threlfall saw his diagonal shot saved by Pearson in a crowded penalty area.
In the second half, Colne continued to press and Threlfall’s cross was met by Tinker at the far post but his shot flew wide.
The visitors began to look more dangerous on the break though and after 62 minutes, Barrow took the lead when Richie Baker hooked the ball into the top corner of the net from just outside the area after a series of crosses from the visitors attack.
Colne still continued to create half chances but failed to find a finish good enough to beat Pearson. And after 81 minutes, Barrow doubled their lead when Paul Smith provided a curling cross for Andy Cook to head home at the far post.
On the stroke of full time, Priestley was sent off for a late tackle on Dominic Rowe in the Colne penalty area and Baker converted the spot kick to give Barrow a 3-0 win and a scoreline which the Reds did not deserve.