West Kirby United Panthers Green 3-2 AC Hoylake Galaxy
A depleted AC Hoylake Galaxy under 13s were unlucky to lose a close game against West Kirby United Panthers Green.
AC Hoylake Galaxy were unlucky to go down 3-2 away at West Kirby United Panthers Green on a rain and windswept morning at Coronation Park in Greasby.
The day didn't start well for Galaxy, with three players having to drop out on the morning of the game, including the goalkeeper - but there were no shortage of volunteers to do shifts in goal during the first half.
James Roberts was first to don the gloves, and put in an assured performance with some great handling and distribution, as well as pulling of a brave save, throwing himself where the boots were flying to smother a shot that took a deflection in the six-yard-box.
Galaxy started the brighter of the two teams, and deservedly took the lead on 15 minutes thanks to a wonder goal from Lewis Hughes, who picked the ball up on the corner of the 18-yard-box and, seeing Panthers' 'keeper off his line, lofted and unstoppable shot over the stricken goalie and into the back of the net.
Panthers 0-1 Galaxy
Galaxy dominated the rest of the half, and were unlucky to go into half time level, after Panthers equalised with the last kick of the first half - some hesitant defending let in a Panthers attacker to hit an unstoppable shot from inside the area.
Panthers 1-1 Galaxy
Half time: Panthers 1-1 Galaxy
Panthers started the second half brightly, buoyed by the late equaliser, but couldn't find a way past Josh Carruthers, who replaced James Roberts in goal at half time, allowing him to take up his usual position of left back. Josh pulled off a terrific save to tip over from a point blank shot.
Midway through the second half, alex robinson replaced Josh Carruthers in goal, and himself made a good stop with his feet from close range. Both sides had chances to break the deadlock, but it was Panthers who took the lead, a ball through the middle split the defence and there was nothing alex robinson could do to stop the resulting shot.
Panthers 2-1 Galaxy
Panthers then increased their lead with a controversial goal - a long ball was played from the Panthers defence to a player who was stood a few yards offside in the Galaxy half, the referee failed to spot it, and didn't hear the appeals of the Galaxy coaches and let the goal stand.
Panthers 3-1 Galaxy
Galaxy didn't give up though, and pulled one back just before the full time whistle pulled as James Roberts threaded a perfect through ball to the intelligent run of Leo Haines, who rounded the 'keeper to smash in from close range.
Panthers 3-2 Galaxy
Full time: Panthers 3-2 Galaxy
A disappointing result - especially given the nature of the eventual winning goal - but an inspiring performance from a depleted Galaxy team in their first proper 11-a-side outing. The team should take a lot of heart from that display, and go into the next match with spirits, and confidence, high.
Man of the Match - James Roberts
Any one of the team could have taken the award, but James just edged out an amazing display and goal from Lewis Hughes. James volunteered to go in goal first and put in an assured display in tough conditions, and had a big influence on the second half when playing outfield at left back.