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AFC Blackpool 1 v 1 AFC Liverpool - Match result

Despite taking an early lead, AFC Liverpool had to settle for a draw in their game against AFC Blackpool.

It was a match in which they dominated, even after they were reduced to ten men in the second half following the dismissal of Lanre Giwa.
The Reds raced out of the blocks and took the lead on three minutes. Matty Williams met Dean Thurston’s flick on from twelve yards and guided his deft header into the bottom corner.
Spurred on by the instant success, AFC Liverpool went in search of a second goal. Darren Torpey broke from inside his own box, eventually feeding Tod Bamber down the left. The midfielder’s cross was scrambled clear in desperation by the Blackpool defence.
Shortly after, the Reds went even closer. Lanre Giwa, always a constant menace to the Blackpool defence, picked up a loose ball inside the box and his shot was parried by keeper Daniel Allen into the path of Andy McCoy. The winger shot first time from the tightest of angles and was unlucky to see his effort rebound off the inside of the post. Giwa followed up but Allen stuck out his leg to deny him.
In this hectic opening period, aside from a Ciaran Donnelly effort from distance that whistled of Paul Willis’s bar, AFC Blackpool had barely managed to get out of their half.
Then on 26 minutes AFC Blackpool were awarded a hotly contested penalty. McCoy bundled into the back of Ben Rothwell as he was heading out of the area. Rothwell tumbled over and after some hesitation and confusion the referee eventually pointed to the spot. Mark Ashall stepped up to the mark and dispatched into the corner to level the scores.
The Reds didn’t let the setback affect their level of performance as they continued to dominate. Giwa shot wide from close range and another Bamber cross was palmed away by Allen
Captain Liam Coyne also got in on the act. Firstly, from a corner, he showed some neat ball juggling skills as he turned and shot through a crowd of players from the edge of the area. Then he was inches away from connecting with another wicked Bamber cross.
The second half continued to follow the same pattern as the first with the majority of the play inside the AFC Blackpool half.
A Giwa cross had to be intercepted otherwise it would have been a simple tap in for Lee Mullin. Andy McCoy’s direct free kick from the corner of the box was parried by Allen and the hosts were fortunate that it didn’t fall to a Reds player.
With a Reds breakthrough looking increasingly likely Giwa received his second yellow card of the game on the hour. Attempting to chase down Bamber’s long ball, the AFC Liverpool striker caught Allen as he raced out of his box to clear. Red’s boss Derek Goulding was clearly frustrated by the decision, one of many that appeared to go against his team throughout the match.
The hosts wasted a good opportunity to take the lead shortly after when Marc Beattie raced through into the box. He tried to chip the ball over the advancing Willis but the Reds number one was able to turn the effort behind for a corner.
Though suffering from the numerical disadvantage, AFC Liverpool were still intent on looking for the winner and seemed the team the most likely to achieve this. However, they lacked a cutting edge in the final third and long range Bamber effort was the closest they came to grabbing the victory.
In the end this match will be seen as two points dropped rather than one gained and sees AFC Liverpool’s promotion hopes fade further still.

AFC Blackpool 1-1 AFC Liverpool
Ashall (p) 27’                 Williams 3’

Attendance: 76

AFC Liverpool: 1.Paul Willis 2.Phil Stafford 3.Darren Torpey 4.Conor Murphy 5.Liam Coyne (C) 6.Lee Mullin 7.Tod Bamber 8.Matty Williams (Chris Parkes 63’) 9.Lanre Giwa 10.Dean Thurston (12.Ian Orme 63’) 11. Andy McCoy.

Unused Subs: 15. Karl Bell GK Jack Button

AFC Blackpool: 1.Daniel Allen 2.Craig Bunkhorn 3.Ben Rothwell 4.Martin Baird 5.Christopher Days (Kieron Rimmington 30’ 6.Matthew Muscroft 7.Paul Carroll 8.Mark Ashall 9.Marc Beattie (14.Robert Edwards 80’) 10.Ciaran Donnelly 11.Joll Cowell

Unused Sub: 12. Steven Betteridge


Posted by:  karlos         Date:  March 2, 2010         Popularity:  225 views

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