Quigley leaves it late to down Latics.
Oldham Athletic 0-1 Barrow AFC
Scott Quigley’s 89th minute strike gave Barrow a big win in their fight for Football League survival, with Rob Kelly making the ideal start to his second spell as caretaker manager, with a 1-0 win at Boundary Park.
Kelly, back in charge following the dismissal of Michael Jolley in the aftermath of the loss to Bay rivals Morecambe, made three changes to the starting line-up; Jason Taylor came back into the fold to replace Dion Donohue in midfield and Luke James replaced Jamie Devitt supporting Quigley, while a late issue in the warm-up for Josh Kay saw him drop out for Kgosi Ntlhe.
The Bluebirds started the game in much better fashion than against Morecambe, with the re-energised Barrow players hassling Latics keeper, Ian Lawlor, into an early mistake. His rushed clearance struck his own defender, only to deflect to safety, before Lawlor had to be on his toes to keep out Neil Eardley’s cross-come-shot minutes later.
Oldham responded through Conor McAleny, who drew a smart stop from Joel Dixon, though it was the visitors who threatened the most, with James having a shot on the turn deflected wide before Quigley tested Lawlor with a stinging strike.
McAleny again came close to proving why he was the Latics’ top scorer, but his low drive skidded just past Dixon’s far post just before the half time whistle.
The start of the second half saw Harry Kewell’s again pose Barrow problems, when Serhat Tasdemir volleyed wide after capitalising on a defensive mix-up on the edge of the Barrow penalty area, before Quigley had a tame effort saved at the other end.
The Bluebirds should have taken the lead when Quigley hit a rasping shot from 20 yards that cannoned off the underside of the bar not once, but twice, before coming back out. Claims for a goal were waved away by the disinterested match officials, despite the ball seemingly being clear over the line as it bounced.
Barrow were almost made to curse their luck, but a good save from Dixon prevented the dangerous McAleny from putting his side ahead while Lawlor had to pull off an even better low stop in the Oldham goal, denying Ollie Banks’ driven free-kick, before pulling off another stop to keep out substitute Devitt in the closing stages.
Just as the game looked to be heading towards a stalemate, Barrow cleared an Oldham free-kick to Devitt, who did well to control before lofting a perfectly weighted pass into the feet of Quigley. Barrow’s top scorer brushed of the challenge of a covering defender before showing great composure to slide the ball between the legs of Lawlor to give the Bluebirds their first win in five game.
Oldham Athletic (4-1-2-1-2): Lawlor; Adams, Clarke, Jameson, Badan (Diarra 40); Hilssner (Barnes 60 (Vaughan 75)); Bahamboula (Blackwood 60), McCalmont; Davis; Tasdemir (Whelan 60), McAleny. Subs not used: Bilboe, Piergianni.
Barrow AFC (4-4-2): Dixon; Eardley, J.Jones, Davies, Brough; Barry, Banks, J.Taylor, Ntlhe (Devitt 74); James, Quigley. Subs not used: Lillis, Thomas, Bramall, Ndjoli, Sea.