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2017/18 English FA Cup, Round 1
  • Frank Nouble (18')
  • Shawn Mccoulsky (46')
  • Amadou Bakayoko (77')

Frank Nouble and Shawn McClousky on target as Newport edge Walsall

Newport County upset League One Walsall to earn a 2-1 triumph and a place in the second round of the FA Cup.
Frank Nouble's deflected shot put the hosts 1-0 up in the first-half before Shawn McClousky caught the Saddlers napping just 25 seconds into the second period.
Substitute Amadou Bakayoko gave Jon Whitney's men hope with a late header, but Newport advance thanks to the narrow win.
The League Two side got off to a flying start when Nouble battled past the Walsall midfield to fashion a shooting chance.
He unleashed a shot and saw his effort strike Saddlers defender Luke Leahy and loop into the net to make it 1-0 after 18 minutes.
It took only 25 seconds of the second-half for Newport to put the tie out of sight. Ben White strode forward before finding McCouslky, who side-footed the ball past Mark Gillespie in the in the Walsall goal.
The home side were made to sweat for the final throws when Maz Kouhyar sent an inch-perfect ball into the box for Bakayoko to head in after 78 minutes.