Maghull 2 - 2 Mallaby
Saturday 29th August 2015 kick off 3pm
Saturday brought about improvement, while also showing signs of making the same mistakes and needing a kick up the backside to get going.
The first half was the plus point. No defensive calamities, a clean sheet and chances created that should have brought about Maghull taking the lead for the first time this season. Namely a clearance off the line and a lob that never quite got off the ground. The crossbar was struck and the laws of physics went against Maghull as the ball bounced down the wrong side of the line. a scramble ensued for the rebound and maybe a penalty would have been a fair decision, but it wasn't forthcoming, as Dylan Fitzsimmons followed in on his effort at goal.
Mallaby did also have their moments and forced to be alert at all times. This was proving to be a much better affair than the midweek dross.
But Maghull have found a knack this season of going a goal behind and just to make sure they kept this record going, they gave away a stupid penalty very early in the second half. No arguments, just a nuisance that the need to shot themselves in the foot appeared again, Carrol did well to get a hand to it, but the ball nestled in the net via the post.
The visitors got a grip of the game and though not causing any great danger, looked the better side after their unexpected present. Maghull wasted another good chance and soon after a change was made. Once again, the substitution proved fruitful and Ryan Stampers through ball found the sub Kie Turner who gave the keeper the eyes and slotted the ball past him to level the scores. But the self destruct button was pressed again moments later when a glitch in midfield allowed Mallaby to break and restore their lead within two minutes. A new test was ahead. Maghull had to come from behind for a second time.
The character of the side has never been in dispute and they proved it again, but they did get a huge slice of luck. Jay Hooper stormed towards the box and was upended. The referee blew his whistle and gave the penalty. From our viewpoint we could not tell were the offence took place, the referee had no doubt. Nor did the Mallaby players, who protested long and hard. It was confirmed later the foul took place outside of the box and the player fell in. But Brad Smart needed no second invitation to crack the ball home and bring about parity again.
Having been on the end of some shocking decisions in the last two seasons, maybe that old cliche of things even themselves out has started. Or more than likely, Maghull just got lucky as the referee was fooled by the speed of the players advance. Either way, it was the last talking point of the game. Maghull had the chances to win the game, Mallaby will kick themselves for losing the lead twice. Mayeb a draw was the fair result. But the lads really need to start picking up wins.
Next game : Upton AA home Saturday 5th September 2015 kick off 3pm
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