Saturday September 29th 2012
Maghull 8 - 1 Ellesmere Port
Ok, the opener came, probably closer too 10 to 12 seconds, but that doesn't work.
It was nice to see that Ellesmere Port decided not to start on time, as Maghull must have been close to a record time for a first goal. John Maguire profiting from some neat work down the left by the recalled Marko Parvas.
From then onwards, barring a good save from Mark Mawdsley midway through the first half and a dull, 10 minute lull, midway through the second, it was total dominance. Let's be fair, the opposition was not at the races, though at times they may have been. But you can only beat what is in front of you and with a bit more of a clinical attitude this really could have been... 12 or 15. The opposition had some pretty decent players on show, but they where totally overpowered in midfield. And big John up front has finally realised he can terrify defenders.
The returning skipper Phil Stafford, leading by example and up until half time (leaving the fray after a pretty hefty challenge) kept the lads steaming forward.
How on earth the scoreline was only 4-0 at the break is a mystery.
The second came quite soon after the first, from Mags again. Ian Smith finished off a really good move by driving home the third and just after the half hour mark, John Maguire completed his hat trick with a stunning shot, from a tight angle, that left the Ellesmere Port keeper bemused.
John had already wasted a great chance to bag his third, when clean through, but hit the keeper when easier to score. Numerous chances came and went with Danny O'Leary guilty of two glaring misses from well delivered corners, both ending up over the bar.
The second half started pretty much the same as the first. Unfortunately missed, as I was still tucking into the half time refreshments, but quickly told that John Maguire had netted his fourth of the match.
Alex McNabb finished off another great move by drilling home a sixth, which unfortunately led to the lads taking their foot off the pedal and relaxing a bit.
Fired up by Joyceys constant urging on of his side to keep going and press for more goals, the reaction was a good one.
Danny Jones, on as a sub, hit home number seven and Ian Smith followed up from the keepers save to tap home number eight.
The double figures should have come, but it didn't. This score will do the goal difference no harm whatsoever though. Unfortunately, one of those, could go anywhere, but hit the bar and down over the line strikes, ruined the clean sheet. It did look good though !
I don't normally go for the man of the match palava, so I still won't. But it has to be mentioned that Marko Parvas, although not getting on the score sheet, played a blinder. Having a hand in four goals and generally ripped the visitors defence to shreds.
Well played lads, now lets keep it up next week. some unfinished business after being mugged on the opening day of the season.
Next game : Chester Nomads away Saturday October 6th 2012 kick off 3pm
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