Maghull 3 - 0 Rainhill Town
Bill Weight Trophy Final Tuesday 16th September 2014 at Bootle FC Kick off 7pm
Thanks to the M62 and Liverpool stupidly deciding to play a home game while a final is on, caused my arrival to be somewhat late. Thus missing the electric start of proceedings. So the ghost has snook in for the first 15 minutes.
A new centre back pairing, due to injury and suspension came forth, bringing with it a return of the old man Chris Swords, from semi retirement. The two lads stood tall and no difference was the general feeling.
Robert Nadine took an early clattering, which seemed to be the pattern of play for the night. He got up and put a free kick into the box and after some ping pong, Colin McDonald struck the ball home for a lead after just two minutes. Soon after, the duo were at it again, with Nadine setting up McDonald, for a fine strike to double the lead. Apparently the second was a worldy, once Colin realised I had missed the start of the game, during after match chats.
From here on out, I saw a fairly one sided affair. Quite a few half chances came and went, but the main talking points being the harsh treatment dished out to Robert Nadine, during the first half. The Maghull bench working overtime to keep Nadine from taking the bait. But he did seem to have been singled out for some pretty nasty challenges and off the ball clashes.
The second half started pretty much as the first did. Maghull came storming out of the traps and within ninety seconds Drew Murphy had increased the lead, following a move that saw Rainhill ripped to pieces. And the game was wrapped up as a contest.
Until the referee intervened. It's no use trying to paper over this, I made my feelings known after the game to the referee..and no doubt during it, as many others did.
Once again, Robert Nadine was one of the main protaganists. He collected the ball wide on the left in his own half, going nowhere other than maybe back to his keeper, when he was wiped out with a horrible and nasty challenge. It really could have been a leg breaker. The ball broke loose, while Nadine was on the floor and Colin McDonald ploughed into the player who left him there. McDonald was a touch late and as the referee blew wiidly to stop play from the original foul, the instigator lay on the grass after the effects of McDonalds challenge.
After a lengthy discussion with his linesman, the referee booked the Rainhill player then deemed McDonalds challenge worthy of a red. In all fairness, both should have taken an early shower, but this gave Rainhill a one man advantage and some much needed hope.
We need not have been concerned, as the ten men moved into another gear and dominated the rest of the game, producing chance after chance. But the three already in the bag, was more than enough.
I was reprimanded by Ryan Stamper at the final whistle for questioning which side actually had ten men. He has morals, does that fellow. Danny Dillon picked up another new piece of silverware for the club, with the Bill Weight Trophy lifted into the night air.
Now to move onto a cup tie on Saturday.
Next game : Old Xavarians away Saturday 20th September 2014 kick off 3pm (I think)
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