A dour performance, a managers masterclass and a tetchy ending.

Maghull 4-1 Christleton

Saturday 16th November 2013 kick off 2pm

Lets be honest, it wasn't good. But a 4-1 scoreline when it isn't good, is not too shabby.

We can try and gloss over things, like the poor finishing of the opposition, getting away with a few sloppy moments and a possible offside for our first goal. But maybe, just maybe, that female who goes by the name of luck, decided to be nice to us at last. Played way better and lost was the consensus at the end of the game.

The first half, to all intents, was an even affair. Maghull had more of the play, but Christleton played well on the break. Without sounding condescending to the visitors, the bit of quality came when needed and that was the real difference in the first half.

The opener came courtesy of Jay McGrane. Or was it really courtesy of the visitors keeper. A hoisted ball saw Danny Dillon challenge the keeper, it had keeper written all over it. He flapped at, the ball ran loose behind him and McGrane beat Dillon to the ball to slam it over the line. Christleton were not happy, claiming an offside. In their defence, some from Maghull also felt it should have been chalked off, but the goal stood. I could see no wrong with the goal, unless Dillon was off initially, as McGrane could not have been.

The visitors enjoyed their best spell of the game after this and could easily have equalised and should have done when an attacker broke free and drove his shot over Lee Carrol, but against the crossbar. They where very much on top at this point, but that little bit of quality you need, to get out of a sticky situation came via Rob Dutton. He took the ball wide, beat his man and laid the ball back to Jay McGrane who slotted it into the bottom corner, on the stroke of half time. A good, but probably undeserved scoreline at the break.

The second half started with a Laurel and Hardy moment. Farcical is too nice a slant to put on it, as a cluster of mistakes and a slip finally saw Christleton get a foothold in the match. And they fully deserved it. Though not in the fashion it came.

But the visitors did not press on. Maghull finally got to grips with the game, after this shake up, but the longer the match went on, it seemed like one of those annoying games that would see the visitors snatch a late equaliser. They did create a couple of chances on the break but fluffed their lines.

Once again the quality came to the fore. A substitution saw Colin McDonald make his debut and within minutes, his first touch saw him beat his marker to a low cross and increase the lead. Christleton realised that the game was up and very soon after, it was confirmed, when McDonald once again found space in the box and clipped the ball around the keeper to wrap up the points.

A sending off in the dying minutes finished off the visitors day. And a fifth should have been recorded, only Chris Swords header went over the bar.

A slouch of a performance, but when you have the quality that Maghull possess, then off days can still produce a winning result. And a ten point lead at the top of the table.

Next game : Vauxhall Motors Reserves home Saturday 23rd November 2013 kick off 2pm

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