Accrington Stanley 1-3 Carlisle
The Crown Ground
How often does it happen? A chance in manager bring a change in fortunes, at least in the short-term! A first Carlisle win of the season was secure in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Tuesday night.
Carlisle headed to the Crown Ground looking to get our season up and running against Accrington Stanley and, not without some controversy, we managed that as we moved into the second round with a 3-1 win.
Accrington looked like they could inflict more misery on us when they opened the scoring through Marcus Carver (21) as he beat the offside trap to beat 'keeper Mark Gillespie at the midway point of the half, almost.
Perfectly though we hit back almost immediately as Josh Gillies cross picked out Anthony Sweeney (24) to beat Joe Lumley and send the sides into the break level.
Minutes into the second half and Carlisle were ahead. Gillies was again involved as his corner was headed across goal by Sweeney and with Kyle Dempsey (49) on hand to scrambled home from the six-yard box and give us a two-one lead.
Shay McCartan came close to drawing Stanley level, but his effort was cleared off the line and we broke away and scored a third through Billy Paynter (70).
Paynter looked to be well offside, all expected the flag to be raised as the veteran headed home but it wasn't and referee Lee Collins allowed the goal to stand with that controversial effort securing us a three-one win and give caretakers Paul Thirlwell and Tony Caig a fine start.
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