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AFC Liverpool 0-2 Maine Road

A lethargic performance by AFC Liverpool saw Maine Road stroll to a comfortable win to take all three points at Valerie Park. Goals from Alexander Jay and Matthew Huntley saw the visitors rise into mid table while the Reds remain rooted to the bottom.

Whether it was the after effects of playing on Thursday night, though manager Paul Moore wasn’t using that as an excuse, but the home side were laboured and never put Maine Road under any sort of pressure. Conceding early goals has become a problem of late and Maine Road were able to take advantage of AFC Liverpool’s seeming inability to switch on from the start with Jay getting on the end of Robert Brocklehurt’s corner to nod in unchallenged from six yards after only two minutes.

Maine Road should have perhaps doubled their lead five minutes later when Brocklehurst’s through ball picked out James Rothel as he burst into the box but his effort was turned behind by Joshua Molloy. Quite how Edward Wileman didn’t add to the scoreline on the half hour mark only he will know as he struck the bar from only four yards out with only Molloy to beat and following up didn’t get enough purchase on his header allowing Callum Tai-Hogan to hook the ball off the line.

In an relatively uneventful first half all the Reds could offer in reply was a Shaun Chart free kick that deflected off the wall into the path of debutant Chris Williams but being a centre half, he skewed the ball wide.

A lack of concentration cost the Reds once again on fifty nine minutes. After the referee awarded a drop ball following a collision between Shaun Gardner and Neil Chappell, Brocklehurt’s measured pass sliced through an unaware defence to find Huntley who knocked it past Molloy into the far corner.

Rothel could have added a third when Molloy’s clearance from a back pass fell to him but his measured chip over the out of position keeper was wide of the mark.

A late flurry by the Reds, inspired by the enterprising substitute Craig Williams, alongside his namesake Steven, saw them finally trouble the Maine Road goal. A corner driven into the box was fired goal bound by Chris Williams which was cleared off the line by Rothel before rebounding off Stephen Edwards to drop onto the top of the net.

Craig Williams then found Stephen Groves in space from a measured curling pass with the outside of his right boot and some strong hands from Gregory Hall were needed to turn behind the Reds’ midfielder’s vicious half volley. A quickly taken Steven Williams free kick then found Francis Barry in the area, but crowded out he was forced towards the byline and could only shoot into the side netting. Craig Willaims then played in the Reds’ striker, but once again outnumbered, Barry could only fire straight at Hall.

AFC Liverpool 0-2 Maine Road

Jay 2′, Huntley 59′

Attendance: 107

AFC Liverpool: 1.Joshua Molloy 2.Callum Tai-Hogan 3.Darren Torpey 4.Chris Williams 5.Mark Brown 6.Stephen Groves 7.Shaun Harris (15.Craig Williams 60′) 8.Steve Williams 9.Shaun Chart (14.Francis Barry 60′) 10.Shaun Gardner (12.Stephen Edwards 68′) 11.Steve Corris (C)
Unused Subs: 16.Sean Richards GK.Paul Moore
Maine Road: 1.Gregory Hall 2.Joshua Tinker 3.Matthew Russell 4.Alexander Jay (C) 5.Andrew Thorpe 6.Neil Chappell 7.Liam Beckford (16.Matthew Huntley 57′) 8.Robert Brocklehurst 9.Edward Wileman (12.Matthew Struminskyj 75′) 10.Rory Breslin (14.Joseph Armstrong 85′) 11. James Rothel
Unused Subs: 15.Christopher Hirst 17.Ian Walker

Posted by:  afclpapakuz         Date:  October 1, 2011         Popularity:  452 views

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