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Stone Dominoes 0 v 1 AFC Liverpool - Match Result

AFC Liverpool come away triumphant from this crunch match against table-toppers Stone Dominoes.

Despite Stone Dominoes losing only two games so far this season, AFC Liverpool Manager Derek Goulding was in an upbeat mood going into this game.

With confidence at a high, and believing they could cause an upset against the league leaders, The AFC Liverpool manager had this to say:

“We have got try and win the game, especially for us as we have a mountain to climb. But after last week’s performance against Glossop where we played really well, the lads feel if we can play with the same attitude and approach, then we have got a chance of getting something out of the game.”

The travelling fans were not to be disappointed, with AFC Liverpool putting in another dogged display against a well organised team.

It was the reds who started the game off the brightest though, with a low shot by Matthew Williams stopped by the Stones keeper Roberts.

The first half saw both sides create very few chances, and although the Dominoes manager insisted that they enjoyed the majority of posession, their best chances all came from set pieces, with Michael Marden and Adam Soane coming close to getting on the end of free kicks.

The second half saw a bright start from Stone, with Matthew Bradbury shooting just wide after a scramble in the AFC Liverpool six yard box.

The first real chance of the game fell to Stone though, with Daniel Brown bursting into the box, and the referee awarding a penalty for a dubious foul by Conor Murphy, with Brown seeming to go down a little too easy for the travelling fans.

The Dominoes captain Niall Maguire took the resulting penalty, which was saved by the outstanding AFC Liverpool keeper Paul Willis. Justice done.

This proved to be a wakeup call for the away team, who responded immediately with the exciting attacking football that reds fans are accustomed to, and when the ball was played forward to Andy McCoy in the Dominoes 18 yard box on 61 minutes, he showed his class with some great dribbling skills, and fired a left foot shot through the Stones defence, and past the keeper, who didnt see the ball until he was picking it out of the back of the net.

Almost immediately, Paul Willis made another fantastic save from Daniel Brown, turning the ball out for a corner.

AFC Liverpool substitute Dave Ojapah could have put the game to bed shortly after, with a cracking shot from outside the box, which brought a good save from Roberts, who parried the ball into the path of the offside Chris Parkes.

The decisions continued to go against AFC Liverpool, with a clear-cut penalty not awarded by the referee for a foul on Ian Orme in the box. Video replays clearly shows the referee made the wrong decision, with the striker pushed over from behind, and the Stone defender looking extremely relieved.

It was AFC Liverpool however, who finished the stronger team, and left Stone Dominoes struggling to cope with the attacking play and speed of Ian Orme, who again got into the area to pass across the six-yard box, only to see the ball hoofed out of play by the stones defence, and out for a corner, narrowly missing the upright.

The dying minutes saw chances from Liam Coyne and Matthew Williams, but it was to finish 1-0 to the reds, in part from some magnificent saves from keeper Paul Willis, and a second half display of great attacking football from an AFC Liverpool side full of confidence.

Man of the Match: Paul Willis.
Goals: Andy McCoy (1)
Attendance: 184

Report: K. Evans

Posted by:  karlos         Date:  January 30, 2010         Popularity:  493 views
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