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Rochdale 4 AFC Liverpool 5

Forget the first day of the Premiership. This was a game that had everything. Two penalties. Two sendings off. Nine goals and a late winner.

AFC Liverpool got off to the perfect start through a Dean Thurston opener within the first five minutes. Thurston had been slotted in for a one on one against the keeper and finished well.

Ten minutes later the scores were level, thanks to a Whitehouse equaliser.

Rochdale had the ball in the net one more time but it was ruled off for offside.

The drama built when Ryan Wignall was dismissed somewhat unluckily for handling on the line.

A shot was rifled in from the corner and Wignall, still guarding the post, found himself unable to move his arms out of the way and so prevented a certain Rochdale goal.

The penalty was saved by Willis but the rebound fell into Russell’s path who stroked the ball home.

A man and a goal down, the Reds struggled to find their stride, and Edwards took advantage putting the home side 3-1 up at half time.

AFC Liverpool again started brightly. Fine work by Smeaton led to him being dragged down in the box. James Dever comfortably drove home the penalty to give visiting supporters hope of a comeback.

That hope materialised when Smeaton was put through, passing the ball past the advancing Rochdale keeper.

More drama came next as goalscorer Edwards was dismissed for violent conduct making the game ten a side.

Yet it was Rochdale who went back in front through a goal by Evans.

AFC Liverpool replied through a fine header from substitute Ian Sheridan, following a superb cross by Crowder.

The victory was secured for the visitors with a late winner from forward Thurston, ensuring five goals for the Reds in both of their two league matches so far.

Final Score: Rochdale Town 4 AFC Liverpool 5.

(August 16, 2008)