Maghull 3 v 2 Bootle
Saturday 3rd August 2013
Did we, or did we not play these a few days ago ?
Oh well. let us just say it was a different bunch of characters this time.
On a lovely warm afternoon, Maghull finally did it.
We opened the scoring !
Having taken up the summer reporting position, in the newly opened John McInnes stand, a fine game of football ensued. Well it was, up until some changes took place in the latter stages.
The early exchanges ebbed and flowed from end to end. With the visitors bringing a very good save out of Lee Carroll down to his left.
The deadlock was broken when a very good move involving Danny Dillon ended with Steve Williams smashing a left footer past the Bootle keeper.
Bootle, not here to make up the numbers brought out another good save from Carroll, who finger tipped a shot over the bar. But soon enough they got their reward. The referee gave a goal, claiming Carrolls hands were behind the line when clearing an attempt at goal. This was hotly disputed by the keeper, who was quite unhappy about the decision for the next few minutes. But 1-1 it was.
Losing the lead spurred Maghull on and it wasn't long before they were back in front, thanks to a strike from Jay (name to be inserted) who cut in from the left and drove home.
Being disappointed at the lack of cool refreshments being brought to the stands, along with complaints of being in the no smoking area by the Chairman, we settled down to take in the second half.
In all fairness to both sides, I think the warm weather was beginning to take it's toll. The football was neat and tidy and nice to watch, but no real cutting edge was on view. A few dangerous crosses, the odd long range effort, but nothing really of note was happening. Also the substitutions by both sides, changed the flow of the game. This was brought to the fore when Danny Dillon ambled up to take a penalty, awarded for a clumsy challenge on Steve Wiliiams, and his shimmy and a shake did little to put off the Bootle keeper, who dived to his left and parried the shot away.
The result was wrapped up when John Eustace struck a fine effort into the far right hand corner, with little time to go. This coming out of the blue and was indeed a very good strike.
The visitors grabbed a very late consolation, when a free kick was headed home, in time added on, which put a dampener on the scoreline and was not a real reflection on the game.
All in all a decent run out, fitness still being the key and getting a settled side for the season.
Next Game : Cammell Lairds home 6th August 2013 kick off 7pm
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