Maghull 4-2 Newton
Saturday 22nd November 2014 kick off 2pm
No matter what I do, these officilas just have a bad tendency to have games kick off on time. So the afternoons main talking point seemed to revolve around a matter while I was being held up by a Crocodile on the loose, on the A49 . Why don't these officials hold up the kick off times to allow all people to gain access to the ground !!
So rumour has it, that Lee Carrol was quite lucky to stay on the pitch, during the opening seconds, as Newton broke clear and his clash of bones with the visitors striker was seen to be worth only a yellow card and a free kick. The consolation for Newton being, they made Maghull pay for their misdemeanour by opening the scoring straight from the free kick, with a deflected effort. Maybe a stroke of luck, after some questionable red cards having been shown to Maghull players this season ?
From this point, I can say, I saw a pretty good game of football.
In fact, the early set back seemed to do Maghull no end of good, as they really got going and tore into the opposition with some sleek passing and great movement off the ball.
They could and probably should have been at least level, before Michael Boyle made a neat run into the heart of the Newton defence, the ball was played back to James Steel who took one touch and then crashed the ball into the top corner to equalise. Not happy with being level, Maghull changed gear and went for the throat. The second was not long in coming.
Lee Carrol cleared long into the oppostion half, Brad Smart flicked on and the gamble was taken by Michael Boyle. The Newton defence panicked and a rash clearance hit a defender and found the net. Nice to see my comments are not always taken in vain (removes tongue from cheek) And then, just to confirm their dominance, Maghull went and scored a third, with the best goal of the season so far.
Boyle again involved, took the ball down the left hand side. He cut back and played the ball to Danny Dillon, who hit a first time cross field pass to Liam Vogel wide on the right. Vogel hit a cracking ball back over the Newton defence and sneaking in at the back post was Michael Boyle who struck home on the half volley and the turnaround was very complete.
Unfortunately, the rhythm seemed to lapse. The remaining seven or eight minutes of the half seemed to be a case of holding onto what they had. A very close call for a penalty came from Newton, which I have seen given and then to ruin a great comeback, Newton reduced the deficit near as damn it on the half time whistle. A corner came in from the right and amidst no challenge at all, the ball was headed firmly home and we had a close game again.
Maghull came out sprightly in the second half and though Newton looked very dangerous on the break, the next goal surely had to go the way of the hosts. And indeed it did, but it was disallowed for offside. Those watching seemed a little puzzled as to why, but Mr Corinthian, making an even later appearance, seemed to think there was some offside interference before Brad Smarts effort found the net. I am still on the side of a good goal ruled out, but, the referees decision is final !
Newton moved up the gears at this time and made the game a bit of a ding dong affair, with both sides pushing for that all important sixth goal of the match. It was nice to see a fine game of cut and thrust between two good sides and even better to see that the final goal of the game went the way of the hosts.
A Smart ball between defenders saw James Steel (ing) a yard on the Newton back four and finishing with aplomb and another gamble into the box paying off. Newton had nothing left to give. Though their cause was not helped when they were reduced to ten men, for what seemed an innocuous piece of "violent conduct" by their man of the match. If that had been given against Maghull I am sure I would have been questioning the officials judgement.
The sting was taken out of the last fifteen minutes, as a good game fizzled out. But three points were on the board and a good win against a side who had won their last seven, can only be a confidence booster.
Just a touch better game management (yes I am being facetious of this new saying) at 3-1 and it may have made the game a little easier. But it was a good spectacle. Well, 88 minutes was anyway.
Next Game : Upton AA home 29th November 2014 kick off 2pm league
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