The good, the bad and the ugly. And damned hard lines.

Vauxhall Motors Reserves 1 v 1 Maghull

Saturday 9th February 2013

Summing up...

We scored an amazing goal, got caught napping with two minutes to go and had to play ugly at times.

Now I suppose we had best sum up, the summing up.

The hosts came out of the blocks quite quickly and it soon became evident that this could be a backs to the wall afternoon.
But the attacking threat was constantly dismissed, even when the two speedy wingers managed to get the ball into the box, we got clearances in, albeit due to a large lack of attackers in our box. But that is their problem, not ours.

In fact, the best effort at goal, came from Maghull, when a fine drive from the edge of the box, brought a last ditch block to stop a certain goal.

Maghull did play on the break, absorbing a lot of pressure, but then came that glorious moment. A lovely ball found Michael O'Brien down the right hand side. It looked odds on that he would drive it home inside the keepers left hand post, where there was a big gap. He had different ideas. Mugging the defender, he turned inside, and didn't plant it into the far corner with his left, but chipped the keeper with his right. Messi,himself, would have been proud of it.

Vauxhall looked visibly shaken. The rest of the first half, though mainly played in Maghulls half, was like a training session and our lads played it out with ease.

The second half continued in much the same vein as the first.

Vauxhall having much of the possession, but Maghull looking more threatening on the break. With a little more composure and luck, as a Vauxhall defender so nearly put through his own net, not knowing what he was doing, the game could have been tied up long before the end.

The hosts pacey wingers seemed to have lost their zip, and most of the attacks seemed to come to nothing around the edge of Maghulls box. Long efforts came to nothing and even when the greasy ball slipped from Mark Mawdsleys grasp, from a daisy cutter that bobbled at the last second, one of our lads was on hand to make the clearance.

The longer the game wore on, the legs began to tire. Substitutions where made, but the heavy pitch and the hosts determination to get back into the game finally took its toll.

A free kick given for a push, swiftly followed by a horrendous two footer on Danny O'Leary, meant a bit of a delay, with the original offence going the way of Vauxhall and no punishment for the tackle afterwards.

I would love to say who got the goal, but a few deflections from a cross come shot, ended with the ball in our net and a deep feeling of being robbed.

In all honesty and hindsight, a draw was a fair result, but to lose a goal as scrappy as it was, so late in the game, made it feel like a loss rather than a draw.

The plus points where a great battling performance against a very good side. And away from home. A goal of the season contender and cannot knock any of the lads for commitment. Just a little bit of guile and the three points could have been ours.

Next game Ellesmere Port away Saturday 16th February 2013 Kick off 2pm This is to be confirmed, please check the website.

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