Heswall 1 - 1 Maghull
Monday 21st April 2013
There is no better place to start, than the start. But what an ending.
The league trophy was at the ready, our management had been asked if our players would stay on the pitch for the presentation at the end of the game. But a point was not enough and the trophy went back in it's box to be presented on another day. And all due to a richly deserved equaliser in time added on.
So shall we start ?
A very entertaining first 45, did see Heswall have an edge in possession, but apart from an effort that was ruled out for offside, caused no concerns at all. But it wasn't all one way traffic. The styles of play were a huge contrast. Heswall making the most of the height in their side and playing a lot of percentage football. Whereas Maghull played the fluid passing game and just lacked that killer instinct or final ball on many occasions. No clear cut chances where created, but half chances a plenty came and went.
An absorbing first half came to an end with the scores level and was about right on the balance of play. Well it should have done. But, very close to the interval, the hosts ploy of trying to gain the advantage from a set play came to fruition. The lads one glitch of the night came, when taking too much time to settle for a corner for Heswall, and left men unmarked. Though the goal was fortuitous (a header that struck the post and the rebound hit a player and crawled into our net) it was a penalty for switching off at such a crucial time. There was barely time to take the kick off when the half time whistle went.Heswall 1 Maghull 0
The second half was another entertaining affair, although a little dangerous on the nerves.
Maghull took the game to Heswall and pressed them back deep into their own half. The play was great to watch, as they passed themselves around the Heswall defence, at times with ease, but again,that cutting edge just seemed to elude us. In fairness, when the hosts did break clear, they looked dangerous and one or two heart in mouth moments where not the order of the day. A two goal deficit would have been a hard task to rectify.
A bang on penalty was refused by the referee, when he gave a clear handball offence, as outside the box. Considering the players feet and body where inside the area, this was a feat of great proportions from the opposing defender. By this time, the hosts where hanging on, and relying on long punts out of defence to relieve the pressure. It was literally wave after wave of attacks from Maghull, but we just could not get that final ball sorted.
Heswall had resorted to plenty of time wasting, to keep the one goal lead that would confirm them as Champions. It backfired.
While the party started on the far side, Steve Somner, changed to three at the back, sending Ian Smith up front in a last gasp chance to get something out of the game. It worked immediately. Ian collected a pass into feet, on the edge of the box, spun his defender and was crudely brought down. This time the referee had no option but to point to the spot. John Hasting despatching the penalty to the keepers right, as the keeper went the opposite way.
Only a further 90 seconds of play passed, before the final whistle put the Heswall title party on the back burner.
A great performance, at the home of the Champions elect. And any neutral observers would have thought the side soon to collect the honours were Maghull. Such was the intensity and skill and passing from the lads tonight, a win would have been more deserving than the draw.
Officially, two more points are needed to guarantee safety from the bottom of the table. With three homes to come, let us make sure we get them soon (speaking the party line, you know I think differently) starting with our game on Wednesday 24th
Talking of which, next game : Upton AA home 24th April 2013 k/o 6.45pm
A big game for both sides, so would be nice to see your support.
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