Swindon 5-0 Port Vale- Match Report
Report of match 28th April 2012
Swindon 5-0 Port Vale- Match Report.
Robins crowned champions
Paul Benson scored twice as Paolo di Canio's Swindon were crowned npower League Two champions after a 5-0 thrashing of Port Vale.
Matt Ritchie's brilliant long-range strike seven minutes before half-time gave Di Canio's men the lead before second-half goals from Benson, Aden Flint and substitute Alan Connell sealed an emphatic win.
Ritchie sparked a dull encounter into life by picking up the ball on the right touchline, cutting in onto his left foot and lashing an unstoppable shot past Martin into the top corner.
Benson doubled Swindon's lead on 51 minutes. Captain Paul Caddis' threaded through ball was dummied by Simon Ferry and Benson calmly lifted his shot over the advancing Martin and into the net.
Benson claimed his second in the 65th minute by arriving at the near post to slot home Lee Holmes' cross and just two minutes later it was 4-0 as centre back Flint nodded in Ritchie's corner.
Connell crowned a fine team performance five minutes from time by turning in Luke Rooney's attempted shot from close range.
|Competition: npower League Two Date: Saturday, 28th April 2012 Kick off: 15:00 Venue: County Ground|
Benson 51, 65
|5 - 0||Port Vale
|10||Matt Ritchie (Rooney 80)|
|13||Oliver Risser (Smith 69)|
|14||John Bostock (Connell 73)|
|17||Alan Connell (Bostock 73)|
|19||Luke Rooney (Ritchie 80)|
|24||Jonathan Smith (Risser 69)|
|4||Anthony Griffith (Williamson 60)|
|20||Chris Shuker (Marshall 68)|
|11||Tom Pope (McDonald 71)|
|14||Paul Marshall (Shuker 68)|
|19||Ben Williamson (Griffith 60)|
|25||Clayton McDonald (Pope 71)|
|Swindon Town cards shown|
|26 mins||Simon Ferry||Unsporting behaviour|
|35 mins||Paul Benson||Unsporting behaviour|
|37 mins||Alan McCormack||Dissent|
|Port Vale cards shown|
|23 mins||Doug Loft||Unsporting behaviour|
|81 mins||Paul Marshall||Unsporting behaviour|
|87 mins||Joe Davis||Unsporting behaviour|
|89 mins||Louis Dodds||Dissent|