Maghull 3-0 Helsby
Saturday 4th October 2014 kick off 3pm league
What happened on Saturday, cannot happen very often, can it ?
Maghull, in the words of John Hastings, had to wake up and get out of bed. The visitors had made many dangerous moves into the home sides back four, getting through on a few occasions. But Lee Carrol and some shocking finishing kept the scores level. Against a side starting the day higher in the league.
Don't get me wrong, Maghull had a say in the first half. Corner after corner was wasted, and a couple of good half chances came their way. These coming after the wake up call.
A shocking error at the back brought about an early departure for Liam Vogel. A poor ball escaped him, the nippy centre forward got to it and Vogel was left with that horrible decision, let him go one on one with the keeper or bring him down. The referee had no choice but to order him for a shower.
The rest of the half was quite tense, Maghull unhappy at being down to ten men again, Helsby, seemed incapable of taking advantage of the extra man and seemed more intent on leveling the men on the pitch. Leaving big concerns about what may await us in the second half.
Not a clue what happened at the break, but for reasons unknown 21 players appeared, only 10 actually showed up (ok there were subs too, but you get my drift)
Maghull undressed and embarrassed their opponents from the 45th minute to the last. For ten men to totally outplay eleven was quite amazing. It really was a domineering performance. The only downside to it was the final tally.
The opener came when Daniel Duffy slaughtered the left back, whipped in a cracking cross and Mikey Cummins put his head into the danger zone of a defender and keeper challenge and put a bullet of a header into the top corner. Cummins soon doubled the scoreline, but if the decision had been against Maghull, I would not have been impressed. He turned his marker and went crashing to the floor. Let us leave it at that !! But after the shocking decisions gone against them, inside the box, in our last two away games, maybe the penalty gods smiled on Maghull today. Cummins stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way.
More chances came and only some sloppy finishing or being a little too elaborate, saved Helsby from a hiding. Then came as good an individual goal as the first was a team effort. Michael Boyle took on the left side of the visitors defence, brought the ball inside and curled a shot into the top corner from the left side of the box. And the scoring was done.
Next game : East Villa LCFA cup Saturday 11th October 2014 home kick off 2pm
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