War and peace revisited, letting them off the hook and which one is van-Persie

Hale 2-3 Maghull

Wednesday 28th August 2013 kick off 6.30pm

For those of you with the attention span of a goldfish, we won.

For everyone else, grab a beer, light a cigar, settle back and I shall continue.

What a very good game of football.
Mostly one way traffic, but as a biased reporter I am entitled to say that. I wouldn't say the first half was one sided, but I am sure I could here the Hale management shouting "no mas" (any boxing fans will know that one)

The game started in or around the Hale penalty box and seemed to stay there, mostly.

We could have been two up before the Hale keeper had a Bruce Grobellaar moment. He tried some fancy footwork, Tom Foley pounced, took it off him, but taking it away gave the keeper the chance for some redemption by parrying Toms shot away. Foley retrieved the ball and calmly chipped it to the back post for Danny van-Dylan to nod home as the keeper could only parry this into his net.

More chances came, van-Dylan had a chance to increase the lead but struck the keeper in a one on one as did Foley not long after. More chances came, the odd block, the strike over the bar, but soon enough Foley was put through by a great ball by John Hastings, the dancing keeper came rushing out only to see Foley flick it past him and roll slowly into the net for his first of the season.

We had further opportunities to increase the lead and at this stage it would not have flattered Maghull to have been six goals to the good. Then right on half time a mix up, men stood off and the big number six for Hale let fly from 10 yards inside our half. It looked good when it hit the net, but I bet that he will never manage another one of those in his career. No blame attached to Lee Carroll. It was just a fluke.

Hale turned up for the second half, which was nice. Not actually threatening much, but with only a one goal lead now, it was a tad tetchy at times and some last ditch defending was needed. Then a piece of pure class.

A brilliant ball out from the back found Jay van-McGrane wide on the right. He fancied his chances and after beating four players in a great run, attacking the Hale defence, he calmly flicked the ball with the outside of his right foot past the on rushing keeper. And some sense to the scoreline.

We hit the post, we hit the bar, Jay van-McGrane was deined in another one on one, but the gods of goal difference were not shining on us. Instead we conceded an injury time goal that went straight in from a free kick out wide. Bad positioning or another fluke ? Over to you Lee. This was made more annoying to take, as Hale had been down to ten men when midway through the second half, the big number 6 had tried to amputate Ryan Stampers foot in a vicious tackle.it had become a bit of a battle born out there in the second half and kudos to our Youth manager for keeping the lads heads with incessant advice to keep cool.

Time added on was not good on the nerves, but finally the whistle gave us the much deserved win. Though 8-2 would have been a much fairer scoreline.

Lets keep this up on Saturday lads.

Next game : Blacon YC home Saturday 31st August 2013 kick off 3pm
And we are not going to bomb Syria ...yayyyyyyyyyyyy !!!

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