Johnstone's Paint Trophy Round 1
Oldham Athletic 1 (Bove 88)
Bradford City 0
Kick Off: 7.30pm
at SportsDirect.com Park
Attendance: 2,535 (660 visitors)
A late intervention from Oldham Athletic substitute Jordan Bove helped to edge a tight Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie in the favour of the hosts, thus ending City's involvement in the competition at the first round stage.
With the prospect of penalties looming, young striker Bove pounced to fire home from close range with only two minutes of normal time remaining after Jordan Pickford had parried out a cross-come-shot from Oldham winger Carl Winchester.
The defeat was harsh on a much-changed City side that featured as many as five changes from Saturday's win at Rochdale, including a debut appearance for French central defender Christopher Routis.
Phil Parkinson's side controlled a decent chunk of the second period, with Jason Kennedy seeing two efforts blocked inside the box and Mark Yeates hitting the post with a low drive from around 20 yards out.
FT: Oldham Athletic 1 Bradford City 0
90+3min: Hanson's flick on from a long ball forward by Darby finds Bennett in a pocket inside the Oldham area. The opportunity looks promising for a second for City but the striker's effort on goal is eventually blocked.
90min: There will be three minutes added on at the end of the match.
90min: SUB - Oldham bring on Connor Brown for Brian Wilson.
88min: GOAL - Oldham Athletic 1 Bradford City 0 - Oldham take the lead late in the tie when Winchester's cross-come-shot along the six yard box is pushed away by Pickford into the path of the on-rushing Bove, who fires into the roof of the net from close range.
87min: YELLOW CARD - Yeates is booked for kicking the corner kick out of his hole following the referee's decision not to a corner kick when his attempted cross into the box is charged down.
82min: SUBS - Oldham bring on Timothee Dieng and Jordan Bove for Morgan-Smith and Dayton.
80min: A Sheehan corner is aimed in the direction of Hanson but with the striker being well marshalled by James Wilson and he can only glance a header a yard or so wide of the target.
77min: Liam Kelly's low drive from all of 25 yards out rolls tamely wide of Pickford's goal by some distance.
74min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Billy Clarke for James Meredith. The change means Yeates will move to the left of City's four-man midfield and Clarke will operate just behind fellow substitutes Hanson and Bennett.
70min: The Vanishing Spray is used for the first time in game when Oldham are awarded a wide free-kick just outside the Bantams area. Mills takes the kick but his wayward effort sails into the crowd behind Pickford's goal.
69min: SUBS - The Bantams bring on Mason Bennett and James Hanson for McBurnie and Mclean respectively.
65min: Winchester's looping effort on the half-volley from outside the box is held with relative ease by a back-pedaling Pickford.
63min: YELLOW CARD - Dolan is booked for bringing down Dayton with a mistimed tackle on the stretch just inside Oldham's half.
59min: McBurnie's flick on from a Yeates cross sees the ball into Mclean's path. The striker moves away from James Wilson inside the Oldham area but his left footed shot on the turn flashes comfortably wide of goal.
58min: Yeates strikes the post! The attacker's low effort from around 20 yards out has the beating of Rachubka but the strike bounces away off the base of the post. Stephen Darby crosses the ball back into the area seconds later but Mclean can only glance a header a good yard or so wide despite attacking the cross with real purpose.
55min: Mark Yeates' clipped cross into the area reaches the head of Mclean but the striker's effort drops straight into the clutches of Rachubka.
52min: A Mclean cross pops up into the path of Kennedy via the frame of Elokobi. Kennedy goes for angled strike across goal but his driven effort is blocked again by that man Elokobi.
47min: Sheehan's cross into the box drops into the path of Kennedy. The midfielder takes the ball down on his chest before firing in a fierce left-footed drive that Joseph Mills bravely blocks behind for a corner.
46min: The Bantams restart the tie.
HT: Oldham Athletic 0 Bradford City 0
45min: There will be one minute of time added on at the end of the first half.
42min: After receiving possession via a Brian Wilson throw-in, Winchester helps the ball into the area towards team-mate Amari Morgan-Smith, who sends narrowly wide of Pickford's far post with a downward header.
35min: Sheehan's hanging delivery direct from a wide free-kick is pulled back from the byline by Routis for McArdle, who smashes against the post from close range. Play had already been halted by the time McArdle connected with the ball, however, after it was deemed that Routis hadn't managed to stop the ball going out for a goal-kick over on the far side.
30min: Jason Kennedy's arrives onto Sheehan's flighted far post cross but the midfielder's header goes over the bar.
26min: James Dayton shoots from just outside the area after receiving the ball from Carl Winchester but the effort flies narrowly wide of Pickford's far post.
24min: Sheehan's delivery from the resulting corner drops into the path of Christopher Routis following a touch off the head of McBurnie. The French defender is in decent space in the middle of Oldham's penalty area but his prodded effort is sliced comfortably wide of goal.
24min: Rory McArdle's searching ball forward from distance suddenly sees Aaron Mclean in behind Oldham's back line and moving towards Rachubka's goal. As Mclean waits for the bouncing ball to sit down into his path though, the recovering James Wilson gets back to block behind the striker's eventual effort with a sliding tackle.
18min: Dolan arrives on a free ball a few yards outside the corner of Oldham's penalty area but the midfielder's low drive whistles narrowly wide of the shot-stopper's near post.
15min: Danny Philliskirk robs Matthew Dolan of the ball inside City's own half of the pitch before driving forward and firing in a low drive from our around 20 yards out that is straight at Pickford.
12min: Alan Sheehan's delightful corner delivery is met the well-timed run of Oliver McBurnie. The young striker gets his head to the ball but his connection isn't completely clean while under pressure from his Oldham marker and the ball bounces wide of Paul Rachubka's far post.
9min: Brian Wilson's teasing centre fired across the six yard box is intercepted by the outstretched foot of Rory McArdle before Jordan Pickford can bounce on the loose ball.
0min: Oldham kick off the tie.
OLDHAM ATHLETIC LINE UP
Rachubka, B Wilson, J Wilson, Elokobi, Mills, Kelly, Jones, Winchester, Philliskirk, Dayton, Morgan-Smith
Subs: Coleman, Brown, Dieng, Tidser, Bove
Oldham Athletic changes:
Dieng for Morgan-Smith (82), Bove for Dayton (82), Brown for B Wilson (90)
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP
Pickford, Darby, McArdle, Routis, Sheehan, Dolan, Kennedy, Meredith, Yeates, Bennett, McBurnie
Subs: Williams, Hanson, Clarke, Knott, Bennett
Bradford City cautions:
Dolan (63), Yeates (87)
Bradford City changes:
Bennett for McBurnie (69), Hanson for Mclean (69), Clarke for Meredith (74)
Referee: S Mathieson
Assistant Referee: N Barnard
Assistant Referee: A Greenwood
Fourth Official: K Evans