Wednesday August 29 2012
Southport Trinity 1-2 Maghull
Ok we only had one..and another on the bench, but if it's good enough for that lot in L4, then it's good enough for us.
The changes where rung (and no doubt a few necks) after the weekends game. A tweak here and there, the loss of the skipper (through injury) and a debut.
Charty took the armband and the return of Jamie Blackhurst, Terry McDonald and James Robinson gave the side a better look.
A tidy first half display as Maghull took control. Playing the better football, but not really troubling the keeper, apart from one long range effort tipped over the bar. Defensively, looking a lot tighter and we where not troubled at all, at the back.
0-0 was probably a fair scoreline at the break, though we had most of the possession and the opposing forwards seemed to like the look of the linesman's raised flag.
The second half started in the same vein, but Southport had upped their game and it opened things up a bit. Mark Mawdsley made a good save followed by a couple of chances from ourselves that ended up over the bar. The hosts struck the outside of the post and this seemed to spur us into action.
Danny O'Leary chipped a ball into the box from the right hand side. which was headed straight back out to him. Running in, he drove a right footed effort past the keeper at the near post. 1-0 up and no more than we deserved.
The heavens opened up over us and the pitch became quite slippy and the ball not having its earlier bounce. A bit of a mix up at the back, resulted in a corner for Southport. A short one, then played across the edge of the box ended with an equaliser. I would love to expand on the goal. However, constant grief from the Director of Football, wanting information on the game, resulted in my texting him back and missing the whole thing. 1-1 15 minutes left
What had been a tight, but entertaining game, suddenly became wide open, as both teams searched for the winner.
Marko Parvas, having come on some 10 minutes earlier, set up James Robinson for what must be our second. Only for Robbo to slip at the vital second. His first touch sliced and his second striking the defender who had got back onto the line.
Southport went straight up to the other end and struck the bar, the rebound then kept out by a brilliant save by Mark Mawdsley again.
Up field we go again and a break down the left brought about a great chance for Alex McNab on the edge of the box, but his effort sailed over the bar. Real end to end stuff and a cracking end to a very good game.
A later surge came when Marko was played through with only the keeper to beat, only to be cruelly chopped down just outside the box by the retreating defender. A clear red card offence. We appealed for the penalty too, but the linesman was adamant it was outside the box, confirmed by Marko later.
Not even a yellow was shown to the offender, but full punishment was administered.
A wall, that would have had Gary Lineker pulling his hair out, was set up by a keeper who just could not keep still. One step too many to his left, Terry Mac thumped it into the left hand corner. 2-1 up with moments to go.
The hosts had nothing left and the final minutes passed comfortably.
Just what we had hoped for, but probably not really expected. A great response and a very, very good performance away from home. And a well deserved win for Joycey.
A celebratory binge at Mrs Miggins Pie Shop was had... first win of the season, does that to a man.
Next up : West Kirby away Saturday September 1st k.o 3pm
Looking forward to it.
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