When is a pen a pen, a keepers master class and Mike Cummins inspiration

West Kirby 1 - 2 Maghull

Saturday 13th September 2014  kick off 3pm

This game was a travesty of justice.

A stonewall penalty not given, a crazy one given and West Kirby decided to throw Davy Crockett, Bill Travis and Jim Bowie in goal.

What the West Kirby keeper didn't stop, either went wide or over the top. Other than the two efforts that got past him, that he had no chance with whatsoever.

It really was, one of the most one sided 2-1 wins I have seen.

After the early skirmishes, when West Kirby were actually in the game, Maghull were denied a penalty.

Colin McDonald was first of all clattered from behind, but his strikers instinct kept him on his feet seeing a chance to score. He was then brought down, but as the ball broke loose, the referee waved play on. Two denials for the price of one. Soon after the referee made amends for his error, by awarding West Kirby a spot kick !

Ben Sumner, went to clear an attack, in doing so, he was pulled back by his opponent. Fending off the attacker, he put his arm out across the players chest and cleared the ball for a corner kick. As Sumner and other Maghull players appealed for the foul, the referee pointed to the spot. This even surprised the hosts, who had not appealed or expected a penalty to be awarded.

Lee Carrol got his hand to the strike, but it put the hosts 1-0 up.

In a game that should really have been three or four nil to Maghull, they very nearly went two down. A speculative effort by the West Kirby centre forward looked like sneaking in just under the bar, but Carrol, backpeddling, got a full hand on it to palm it down and keep the ball the right side of the goal line. A very good save in the circumstances.

The early pattern of marauding down the hosts flanks, continued down the right hand side, with a quality run from Ryan Stamper being finished of by McDonald and we had parity. How it stayed at one all till the break, you will have to ask the inspired keeper in the hosts net. Maybe helped by the officials, who seemed to think McDonald was to blame for being butted ( during a tetchy period ) and gave him a talking too.

The second half was Texas 1836 revisited. Time and again Maghull created chances and time and again the hosts keeper or wayward finishing kept them in the game. Stamper and Robert Nadine rampaged down the right hand side so much, that the grass needed relaying before the end. Surely, the second had to come and it was delivered by the right foot of Danny Dillon, who crashed the ball high into the net after more great work down the right.

Changes were made and within five minutes, Mikey Cummins had caught the bug. He could have had three, but the scoreline stayed at 2-1 and gave West Kirby hope.

Fortunately, there were no last ditch worries. The game was played out comfortably, but the lads should be kicking themselves for not having wrapped the game up with many more goals. If they play at this tempo and show the same commitment during this season, someone is going to get a right royal drubbing. And that is after netting a six and a seven so far. Yes, I am greedy.

Now to move on to the next game and hopefully some silverware. Which is always nice.

So for now, goodnight, travel well and see you all at Bootle FC on Tuesday.

Next Game : Rainhill Town neutral ( Bootle FC ) kick off 7pm Bill Weight Trophy Final Tuesday 16th September

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