Take in Town's shock Emirates FA Cup victory over Stoke City!
Stoke City 2 – 3 Shrewsbury Town
FA Cup third-round - 15/1/19
Stoke: Federici, Bauer, Williams, Martins Indi, Tymon, Etebo, Adam, Clucas, Ince, Crouch, Campbell.
Subs: Afobe, McClean, Berahino, Haugaard, Edwards, Souttar, Woods.
Town: Arnold, Bolton, Sadler, Waterfall, Haynes, Holloway, Docherty, Grant, Gilliead, Okenabirhie, Laurent.
Subs: Emmanuel, Beckles, Angol, Eisa, Sears, Agius, Rowland.
During the 2018/19 season, Shrewsbury Town once again went on a strong FA Cup run and shocked the footballing world with their performances. In January 2019 Town faced off with Stoke City at the Montgomery Waters Meadow in a 1-1 draw. This result saw the Shrews earn a replay at the Bet 365 Stadium.
From the despair to euphoria: Town’s evening in Staffordshire started in the worst way possible. Future Salop loanee Tyrese Campbell managed to notch a brace for his team – giving the Potters a two-goal advantage going into the half-time break.
But it was the Shrews who stole the headlines in the second-half. A wonder goal from an unlikely source was the catalyst for Town’s comeback - Stoke-born James Bolton. Two more goals came swiftly, as Fejiri Okenabirhie and Josh Laurent sent Town home with the win.
Who were the key players?
A defender by trade, James Bolton wouldn’t have expected his name to be the first on the score sheet. However, the defender’s strike in the 71st minute put Town on the road to retrieval – a goal that saw Bolton claim the Goal of the Season.
After spending two years with the Shrews, 25-year-old Bolton left Shropshire to join Kenny Jackett’s Sky Bet League One Portsmouth.
Josh Laurent has a knack of scoring goals in the Emirates FA Cup, and the midfielder didn’t let this occasion become an anomaly. The 24-year-old played a pivotal part in Town’s win as his goal secured passage into the next round.
Now fans favourite at the Montgomery Waters Meadow, Town’s number 28 is now enjoying another season in Shropshire.
A clinical performance in front of goal would have impressed anyone in the Bet 365 that night but not many would have envisaged the young forward to later become a Salop loanee.
On Deadline Day in the same month, Tyrese made the move to Shropshire and it didn’t take long for 20-year-old to find his feet. A goal against Burton Albion in a 1-1 draw set the forward off for a goal-scoring season in Blue and Amber.
Watch the full game below!