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Atherton Collieries 3 v 2 AFC Liverpool - Match Result

AFC Liverpool’s promotion hopes were dealt a bitter blow as they went down 3-2 to Atherton Collieries. Goals from Chris Parkes and Matthew Williams and a penalty save from Paul Willis were not enough to prevent the Reds’ second defeat in three days, following a surprising home loss to bottom of the table Rochdale Town.
It was AFC Liverpool who started the brightest at Alder Street with Charlie Opare going close with a header from a Williams corner and David Ojapah breaking the offside trap only to be denied by Atherton keeper Josh Harris spotting the danger early.
On 16 minutes Parkes broke the deadlock as he claimed his first senior goal for the Reds. Picking off a stray pass in the Atherton half, he advanced to the edge of the area before shooting low into the bottom corner past the outstretched arms of Harris.
A little over a minute later, the home side levelled with their first attack of the game. Kevin Kynaston broke down the left wing towards the by-line before cutting in onto his right foot and unleashing a shot that flew across Willis into the far corner.
With spirits raised by a fine strike, the game became a more balanced contest, though the visitors were always the more threatening. Opare shot from distance and the impressive Tod Bamber came close to regaining the advantage from a move he instigated.
The Reds’ lead was restored on 37 minutes. Ojapah played a measured pass into the path of Parkes but before he could latch onto it, he was tripped by Simon Pencebury and the referee had no choice but to award the penalty. Williams stepped up to the mark and coolly dispatched his spot kick, sending Harris the wrong way.
Within in a minute of the restart the Colls were back on level terms. Kynaston broke down the right and his cut back was turned into his own net by the unfortunate Luke Davies. With their tails up, Atherton enjoyed a brief spell of pressure but failed to create any clear cut chances.
The response from AFC Liverpool was exactly what manager Derek Goulding would have wanted as they went on the offensive creating chance after chance, only to leave their supporters bemused as they failed to convert any of them.
Ojapah blasted wide bearing down on Harris when played in by Bamber, Parkes grazed the post, a wicked Bamber cross begged for a Red head to connect with it, an Ojapah lob from the edge of the area was aimed just too high and bursts into the box by Ojapah and Phil Stafford only lacked the little bit of luck that they deserved.
Out of the blue, the Colls were awarded a penalty. Paul Shanley burst into the area and was brought down by Conor Murphy. However, Kynaston’s penalty was weak and allowed Willis to make his second spot kick save in three games.
Immediately, substitute Lanre Giwa had the perfect opportunity to win the match. Played in by Ojapah, he burst in behind the Colls’ defence but Harris once again came to their rescue as he closed the angle down and turned Giwa’s shot over.
As the Reds searched for the winner, the home side dealt the killer blow with four minutes remaining. As Kynaston burst through the centre of the Reds’ defence, Peter Hitchen followed up with a shot that Willis could only parry and Phil Mooney slid in to finish into an empty net.
It was a cruel blow for the Reds and they couldn’t recover as the game petered out to a disappointing conclusion.

AFC Liverpool Manager said after the game:

“Can you thank and applaud our supporters who were at atherton last night.
Due to a bit of a fracas at the final whistle, the moment passed, and they deserve our apologies for not showing our appreciation and thanks for their fantastic support.”

Final Score

Atherton Collieries 3-2 AFC Liverpool
Kynaston 17’                 Parkes 16’
Davies o.g. 46’              Williams (p) 37’
Mooney 86’

AFC Liverpool line-up

1. Paul Willis 2. Phil Stafford 3. Conor Murphy (Mark Bloxam 85’) 4. Darren Torpey 5. Luke Davies 6. Charlie Opare 7. Tod Bamber 8. Matty Williams 9. Chris Parkes (Lanre Giwa 75’) 10. David Ojapah 11. Andy McCoy

Unused Subs - 12. Dean Jones 16. James Rushton-Woods
GK. Sam Wilkinson


Posted by:  karlos         Date:  February 8, 2010         Popularity:  396 views
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