The Champions return, a tough encounter and ability wins the day

Maghull 3-1 Southport Trinity

Wednesday 13th August 2014 kick off 6.30pm

The much awaited return of the West Cheshire League Champions, came in a much tougher game than expected.

In a hard fought first half, Southport had the better of the play. A little extra fight and zip about their passing, though not much in the way of end product. They did, though, take the lead. Some may say, they had the temerity, to go ahead, in what was supposed to be the start of Maghulls move towards another title.

Stephen King was judged to have upended the Southport striker and the referee awarded the spot kick. It was dubious, but Maghulls young keeper, Kevin Furlong, fetched the ball from back of the net and it was 0-1.

The response was good from the hosts. They upped the tempo and soon had the scores level when a cross from the left saw Mike Cummins make a run across the six yard box, the defender got the touch, but the scores were level.

Southport, got going again and though, not creating anything of note, did finish the half as the side more intent on taking the three points.

The second half was a completely different affair. Though it was helped by a big error.

Maghull were a totally different side, for 20 minutes and wrapped the game up.

An innocuous cross saw the Southport keeper come to collect it, but fumbled the ball, dropped it to Robert Nadine who looped the ball over his head and into the net. The game was over as a spectacle within minutes when a fine move, of one touch passing, saw Mike Cummins steal across the keeper to flick the ball home from a cracking cross from the left.

All that was left, was for Maghull to add to their lead, which they failed to do. Southport tried to rally, but Maghulls tight defence kept them at arms length.

After a slow start, Maghull finished the game on top and in control. But some improvement will be needed, with stronger challenges coming through the season.

Next game : South Liverpool away Saturday 16th August kick off 3pm League.

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