Maghull 6 - 1 Upton AA
Saturday 5th September 2015 kick off 3pm
Considering the scoreline, there really isn't too much to say about this game. One sided, should have been over by the break, but eventually the second half painted the real picture. But was it a gloss ?
I don't like putting sides down, apart from some scathing comments on Maghull of course, but Upton did not put up the best of fights in this encounter. But you can only beat the side in front of you and maybe it was a bad day at the races (pun intended Ryan) for the visitors.
We did have the usual early scare, when Upton shot out of the blocks and gave a few concerns at the back, but bringing a fine save from a free kick was the some total of Uptons threat.Once one clearance was smashed up on the roof of the clubhouse, any worries were over and done with. Maghull need to learn that the game starts with the referees whistle, not five or ten minutes in. Then again, that is a vast improvement from the early games of starting from 46 minutes !
After Uptons early blast the game settled down and Maghull took over. They really should have have pressed home their superiority long before taking the lead, with a cracking curling effort into the top corner by Jay Hooper, but a concerted effort to be caught offside and picking the wrong final pass kept the score to just the one by the break. Within fifteen minutes of the restart, the contest was over.
Jay Hooper was sent clean through with just the keeper to beat. The keeper stood big, Hoopers effort came back off the keepers legs, but as Brad Smart followed in to pick up the rebound, he was clumsily bundled to the ground and the referee had no option but to point to the spot. Smart stepped up and for the second week running, found the net. Maghull went for the kill and a long throw saw the keeper rooted to his line, the ball dropped nicely and Paul Keenan lashed home a spectacular effort into the roof of the net. Upton, now shell shocked, suffered again minutes later, when Hooper beat his man down the left and cutting in, saw his first shot blocked by the keeper on the line, but he was not to be denied and thumped home the rebound with a minimum of fuss.
Some amongst us pondered a cricket score, others pondered the dog walkers and how the sun was being so nice to us today. But credit to Upton who made a couple of changes and shored up the leaks, while the hosts took their foot off the pedal. A couple of chances came, but nothing of note, until two substitutes linked up as Dylan Fitzsimmons played Danny Ricketts through to finish the scoring and the day. Or so we thought. Very late on Upton ruined the clean sheet with a well conceived goal of their own, but Maghull had the final say in what seemed like a lot of time added on, when Fitzsimmons ball across the box was diverted into the net by a mishit from retreating defender. That ball had more chance of making cheese than going in the net Dylan, so no claims, sorry !
So there you have it, a comfortable win, I managed to waffle on enough to make you read more than you needed to (blame yourself Peter) and the boss is kept happy for seven days. What more could you want. Well, another win next weekend would be nice for starters.
Next game:- West Kirby & Wasps away Saturday 12th September 2015 kick off 3pm
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