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Victoria Park, Hartlepool United (ATT 1,728) 5th October 2010 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: J Waugh

Hartlepool Hartlepool United vs Bradford City Bradford

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L McSweeney (69)

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McSweeney sends Pools through

Last Updated: 05/10/10 9:26pm

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McSweeney: Hit the winner

McSweeney: Hit the winner

Leon McSweeney scored the winner as Hartlepool beat Bradford 1-0 at home to reach the JPT Northern Section third round.

Three days after his spectacular strike earned a League One victory at Plymouth, the Irishman netted from close range in the 68th minute, converting a cross from substitute Andy Monkhouse.

Pools deserved their win at Victoria Park, with their League Two opponents relying on the counter-attack to try and gain a foothold.

The home side enjoyed plenty of first-half possession but were unable to break through an organised visiting back four.

Steve Haslam saw a shot deflected wide and Denis Behan's low drive was blocked after some neat play with Evan Horwood and Adam Boyd.

The Bantams went close when Omar Daley skipped past Neil Austin and fired straight at goalkeeper Jake Kean from a tight angle. The visitors' best chance came on the hour when a backpass from Armann Bjornsson fell short and striker Luke Oliver was put in on goal, only to see the ball smothered by goalkeeper Kean.

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