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AFC Liverpool 0-1 AFC Blackpool

Benjamin Waddington’s late free kick ensured AFC Blackpool snatched all three points in a game of few chances.

His thirty yard strike, which came in the eighty ninth minute, was almost the visitor’s only effort on target and represented a cruel and disappointing end to AFC Liverpool’s league campaign. Had they got the point they fully deserved, the Reds would have secured third place but now have to wait until Monday result from Holker Old Boys to see whether they climb above AFC Liverpool.
This game won’t live long in the memory, with the blustery conditions prevailing. The opening minutes were lively enough with a couple of exchanges that promised more than was delivered. A poor back header from Lee Baker almost let in Shaun Gardner and then Aaron Stafford but AFC Blackpool keeper Andrew Speight was alert enough to snuff out the danger. Some good interchange bewteen AFC Liverpool’s front two saw Gardner in a decent position in the box but he fired wild and wide. Then Stafford couldn’t get any power or direction on his header from John Kennedy’s driven cross allowing Speight to comfortably gather the ball. At the other end Marc Beattie’s attempted lob fell into the arms of Michael Christopher.
After that the action petered out. An excessive number of throw ins down the side of the main stand coupled with a littering of free kicks meant that game never flowed. The sum total of further excitement came within ninety seconds towards the end of the half when firstly Joe Gibbons and then Anthony Stayte fired harmlessly wide.
Immediately from the re-start the Reds had the visitors on the backfoot but as has been indicative of their season, they didn’t capitalise on the chances they created. From a Kennedy corner, Daniel McGahon’s looping effort from the edge of the area came back off the top of the crossbar. Garnder followed up with a header and thought he opened the scoring until he saw the linesman’s flag raised for offside.
Two minutes later, another Kennedy corner saw Stephen McCluskie’s goalward header flicked over from two yards by Gardner as he attempted to divert the path of the ball. Then Gardner set Stafford in behind the AFC Blackpool defence but by the time the Reds striker unleashed his shot Speight was close enough to deflect the effort behind for a corner.
On top, the Reds let the pressure subside and failed to create any further chances. The visitors looked to their long ball game and second ball retention but the AFC Liverpool defence were comfortable dealing with that threat. Until Waddington lined up before his free kick, the game had all the signs of being an unremarkable 0-0 draw but that all changed in the blink of an eye.

AFC Liverpool 0-1 AFC Blackpool
Waddington 89′

Attendance:145

AFC Liverpool: 1.Michael Christopher 2.Paddy O’Driscoll (C) 3.Darren Torpey 4.Richard Stenhouse 5.Steve McCluskie 6.John Kennedy 7.Daniel McGahon (14.David Mather 76′) 8.Kieran Quinn 9.Aarron Stafford (12.James Thomas 71′) 10.Joe Gibbons 11.Shaun Gardner
Unused Subs: 15.Callum Tai-Hogan 16.Paul Lindfield 17.James Rushton-Woods
AFC Blackpool: 1.Andrew Speight 2.Grant Dell (16.Kevan Ford 60′) 3.Benjamin Rothwell 4.Lee Baker 5.Paul Carroll 6.Stephen Betteridge 7.Anthony Stayte 8.Mark Ashall (C) 9.Christopher Brown (15.Niall Cummins 75′) 10.Marc Beattie 11.James Walker (14.Benjamin Waddington 64′)
Unused Subs: 12.Martin Baird 17.Matthew Muscroft

Posted by:  afclpapakuz         Date:  April 30, 2011         Popularity:  494 views

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