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AFC Liverpool 0 - 1 Wigan Robin Park - Match Result

After conceding an early goal AFC Liverpool finished the match with 10 men.

AFC Liverpool’s poor run of results continued as they went down 1-0 to Wigan Robin Park at home, which was compounded by being reduced to ten men late on in the second half. An early strike by Neil Swift was enough to give the visitors all three points and once again ensured that they left Valerie Park the victors.
A little less than two minutes were on the clock when Wigan RP took the lead. A long throw in from Sam Rimmer into the AFC Liverpool box was helped on by Jon Corcoran. The ball fell into the path of Swift and he struck the ball first time past Paul Willis into the far corner.
This explosive start was almost instantly matched by the Reds as they immediately went on the attack. Chris Parkes’ near post shot was well held by Jason Foulds and needed to be with Ian Orme ready to pounce.
Having gotten the early advantage, the visitors were then quite content to sit on their lead and only once seriously threatened AFC Liverpool’s goal. Running onto Ryan Small’s lay off, Andrew Neafcy shot unchallenged from the edge of the area but couldn’t direct his effort on target.
At the other end, AFC Liverpool were finding it difficult to break down the well organised defence. On the couple of occasions that they did find their way through, last ditch interventions kept the visitor’s lead. Matty Williams was denied by Neafcy as he was about to unleash a shot from twelve yards and Dean Midgeley did just enough to prevent Andy McCoy latching onto an Orme flick on.
Only as the half time interval approached did the Reds finally have a clear chance to equalise. McCoy robbed Midgeley as he tried to bring the ball out of defence and raced into the area before unleashing a powerhouse of shot. Foulds could only parry and the rebound fell to Parkes but his effort was too close the Robins’ keeper, allowing him to make the save.
Having won at Valerie Park last season, Wigan were determined to repeat that result and in the second half formed two defensive lines in front of their box and invited the home side to find a way though.
AFC Liverpool lacked the width to get in behind the Wigan defence and too often found themselves forced to shoot from distance without finding the target. Only a Parkes shot from the edge of the area forced Foulds into making a save.
The day’s frustration was epitomised when substitute and debutante Karl Gornell was sent off, reacting when Swift threw the ball at him after being fouled. Wigan RP’s goalscorer received a yellow card.
Ironically, down to ten men, AFC Liverpool finally found some width and perhaps could have snatched an equaliser. Parkes’ cross found Williams in space eight yards out. The ball bobbled on the uneven surface just as the midfielder was about to strike and his effort was going wide even as Midgeley headed clear. Then Tod Bamber broke to the bye-line but his pull back went straight into the arms of Foulds.
With Atherton Collieries the only side in the top six managing to achieve a win, the Reds will be rueing a missed opportunity to close the gap in the race for qualification for next season’s FA Cup.

AFC Liverpool 0-1 Wigan Robin Park
Swift 2’

Attendance: 142

AFC Liverpool: 1. Paul Willis 2.Phil Stafford 3.Darren Torpey 4.Conor Murphy 5.Liam Coyne (C) 6.Lee Mullin (15.Karl Gornell 64’) 7.Tod Bamber 8.Matthew Williams 9.Chris Parkes 10.Ian Orme (16. Lanre Giwa 74’) 11.Andrew McCoy (14.Dean Thurston 64’)

Unused Subs: 12.Patrick O’Driscoll GK.Sam Wilkinson

Wigan Robin Park: 1.Jason Foulds (C) 2.Adam Whittle 3.Dean Midgeley 4.Dean Robinson 5.Darren Mullen 6.Andrew Neafcy 7.Neil Swift 8.Sam Rimmer 9.Ryan Small 10.Jon Corcoran (14.Michael Kirby 88’) 11.Dean Callaway

Unused Subs: 12.Paul Vermiglio 15.Jamie Lee 16.David Blakeney

Match report by Papakuz

Posted by:  chris08         Date:  March 6, 2010         Popularity:  243 views

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