Heswall 1 - 3 Maghull
Saturday 19th April 2014 kick off 3pm
A strange kind of game took place yesterday. The hosts, last seasons league champions, had been relegated and were now playing for pride. The newly crowned champions, were merely fulfilling fixtures. So not a lot to play for.
But a stylish display by Maghull, made it a pleasure to watch.
In all fairness, if they had been in need of ten goals, they could probably have scored them, thus was the dominance. As was the case in Monday nights game. But they are only human and not everything you hit, strikes the back of the net.
To be fair to Heswall, they played their part in this game and caused some dangerous moments for Maghulls back four. And brought a top quality save from Lee Carrol in the second half. But on the whole, it was a relatively comfortable win.
The first goal took some time in coming. The boss kept drumming into the lads, that patience was needed and the goals would come. Some frustration was sneaking in, as chances and half chances came and went, but eventually a sharp passing move saw the ball played to Michael Boyle on the edge of the box, whose shot went in, just inside the far post with the keeper stranded.
The scoreline stayed the same until midway through the second half. Again more chances had come and gone. Then Jay McGrane was felled inside the box. Not being savvy enough, he allowed Steve Williams to pick the ball up and then Williams dispatched the spot kick, to take his tally to 13 for the season. Overtaking McGrane.
Heswall pulled a goal back not long later, when the big centre back was left all alone at back post and headed home.
True to his word, Phil Stafford gave a debut to a couple of youth team players, giving them a second half run out, in the higher level. Neither of the lads looked out of their depth and both put in good performances.So a big well done to Rian Eades and Macauley Lawrenson.
Rob Dutton restored the two goal advantage with ten minutes to go, with a slight deflection and the points where wrapped up.
Only one criticism can be aimed at yesterday's performance. Same as at West Kirby, the finishing was a tad sloppy. Now the 100 goals looks a fair way off. Unless of course, they put in a five star performance in the end of season game next week. A win will bring about a league victory against each side this season. That's a record you surely want !
This group of players and management can dominate this league for some years to come. Stylish football, great camaraderie (the banter between Paul Jackson and Steve Williams was brilliant) and a distinct lack of egos. Phil and Stuart have instilled some great principles into this squad. So let's learn the lesson from yesterdays hosts. No use winning the title and then seeing things fall apart. But the future does look good, as shown by another player coming through from the reserve side, Max Hornby, who put in a top notch and solid performance in midfield,as if he had played there all season.
Next game : Mossley Hill Athletic, Home Saturday 26th April 2014 kick off 3pm
Everton away in the early kick off, Liverpool play Sunday...so get down to Old Hall Field and watch the Champions in their final league game of the season. They may just put on a display for you.
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