AFC Liverpool

Reds Earn Point At Gate

In a game with numerous chances for both side, goals by Francis Barry and Shaun Chart saw AFC Liverpool twice come from behind, cancelling out Lewis Mayers’ penalty and Joe Shelmerdine’ s strike respectively.

The game almost began disastrously for the Reds when Mayers was unable to take advantage after getting on the end of a Zachary Thomas cross after only twenty seconds but recovering from that the visitors were much the better side for the next twenty five minutes. Neil Beesley had to turn behind a long range drive from Shaun Gardner, beat away a Steven Williams free kick and then pull off a one handed flying save to deny Williams from finding the far corner.

Following a familiar pattern of the season though, the Reds, in control, handed their opponents an easy way out of the pressure they were under. Joshua Molloy, whom a minute earlier had been fortunate when Shelmerdine failed to snap up a chance after he’d failed to hold Benedict Fishwick’s shot, rashly raced off his line in an attempt the clear the ball but only succeeded in bringing down Gates’ number nine. From the resulting spot kick, Mayers sent the keeper the wrong way to give his side the lead.

Having previously played neat passing football, which brought dominance but no reward, the Reds now reverted to a long ball game which brought neither, until just before the break when they went back to keeping the ball on the ground which duly brought them their equaliser. After picking up a Mark Brown throw in, Steven Williams played a delicate little ball into Barry, who broke the offside trap, and though Beesley saved his initial effort, the Reds’ striker got a second chance and finished into an empty net to claim his first competitive goal for AFC Liverpool.

The second half had hardly drawn breath before the home side almost retook the lead when Nigel Taylor delivered a free kick into the box, which Molloy, under pressure jumped for but missed leaving Anthony Brown to head clear off the line. From the corner though, it was the Reds who came close to a second as they broke quickly only for Barry to be denied his second by a good save from Beesley.

The score wasn’t level for much longer though as the Reds’ back line got tangled up trying to deal with Scott Harries as he tried to force his way through and the ball broke for Shelmerdine who made no mistake this time.

As a fine drizzle settled on Blackpool, it was the home side who now looked to extend their lead. Andrew Richards whipped in a cross that Harries got a foot to as it flew across the face of Molloy’s goal and then the Reds’ keeper had to have strong hands to turn behind Shelmerdine’s drive from the edge of the box. After a strong run from Jonathn Forbes, Thomas Bartlett fired in low drive before Harries got in behind Brown before being closed down by Molloy. Then from the corner, Harries saw his header hooked off the line by Steve Corris while another Mayers’ corner saw Steven Williams and Molloy combine to deny Bartlett.

Still in the match, it was now AFC Liverpool’s turn to lead an assault on their opponents goal, though they did have Molloy to thank for denying Bartlett from a point blank header. Chart saw his reverse shot to the corner graze the fingertips of Beesley, Corris fired in a couple of screamers from the edge of the area as well as getting onto the end of a couple of Chart corners but without finding the target and Anthony Brown saw his header from another Chart corner headed back off the line. Shaun Harris was then dismayed to see his glancing header from a Chart cross come back off the inside of the post with Beesley well beaten.

It seemed as though it would end yet again in disappointment for the Reds but when a promising attack lost initiative with time fast running out, Chart took a chance and drove a shot from twenty five yards that clipped the inside of the post before nestling in the back of the net.

Squires Gate 2-2 AFC Liverpool
Mayers (p) 27′                         Barry 43′
Shelmerdine 48′                       Chart 89′

Attendance: 105

AFC Liverpool: 1.Joshua Molloy 2.Mark Brown 3.Sean Richards (14. Callum Tai-Hogan 87′) 4.Darren Torpey 5.Anthony Brown 6.Steve Corris (C) 7.Stephen Groves 8.Steven Williams 9.Shaun Gardner (12.Shaun Harris 56′) 10. Franny Barry (15.Craig Williams 56′) 11. Shaun Chart.
Unused Subs: 16.Chris Williams GK.Paul Moore
Squires Gate: 1.Neil Beesley 2.Andrew Richards 3.Zachary Thomas 4.Thomas Bartlett 5.Nigel Taylor (C) 6.Thomas Benfield 7.Benedict Fishwick 8.Jonathan Forbes 9.Joseph Shelmerdine (17.Christopher Bennett 59′) 10.Louis Mayers 11.Scott Harries
Unused Subs: 12.Alexander McKendrick 14.Samuel Farrow 15.Kenneth Mayers 16.Russell McKenna

Photo courtesy of Dave Williams.

Posted by:  afclpapakuz         Date:  October 8, 2011         Popularity:  451 views

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