Vale win thanks to late Purcell penalty

Vale win thanks to late Purcell penalty

Trialist Tadhg Purcell netted a late penalty winner as a Vale team featuring forward Darren Byfield defeated non-league neighbours Nantwich Town.

Byfield, who along with Kris Taylor, is training with the club, featured in a strong Vale line-up.

In a keenly contested match, Vale had to wait until the closing stages to break the deadlock. Louis Dodds was brought down in the area and Purcell netted his fifth friendly goal for Vale from the spot.

Vale first-half: Chris Neal, Adam Yates, Joe Davis, Gareth Owen, Doug Loft, Jennison Myrie-Williams, Ryan Burge, Darren Murphy, Tom Pope, Darren Byfield, Ashley Vincent.

Vale second-half: Chris Neal, Clayton McDonald, John McCombe, Dave Artell, Ryan Lloyd, Kingsley James, Sam Morsy, Chris Shuker, Louis Dodds, Ben Williamson, Tadhg Purcell.

Vale’s senior friendly results this summer:

  • Alsager Town 0-8 Port Vale
  • Biddulph Town 0-5 Port Vale
  • Newcastle Town 0-2 Port Vale
  • Athlone Town 0-5 Port Vale
  • Shiven Rovers 0-9 Port Vale
  • Galway 0-3 Port Vale
  • Ilkeston 0-2 Port Vale
  • Stafford Rangers 1-3 Port Vale
  • Nantwich Town 0-1 Port Vale


  • Tom Pope 11
  • Ben Williamson 6
  • Louis Dodds 5
  • Tadhg Purcell 5
  • Jennison Myrie-Williams 3
  • Ashley Vincent 2
  • Chris Shuker 1
  • Clayton McDonald 1
  • John McCombe 1
  • Ryan Burge
  • Own goals 1

Future friendly fixtures

  • Coventry  City (Tuesday, August 7)
  • Tranmere  Rovers (Saturday, August 11)

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