Under 13s Galaxy - Match centre

West Kirby United Panthers Greens
AC Hoylake JFC
Full time
L Hughes (15'), L Haines (68')
Sat 9 Sep 10:00 - League

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.

First half
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

Second half

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.

Key moments

15:00
Goal Lewis Hughes scores for AC Hoylake JFC
68:00
Goal Leo Haines scores for AC Hoylake JFC

Highlights

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70:00 Player of the Match
James Roberts is awarded player of the match for AC Hoylake JFC
68:00 Goal 0 - 2
Leo Haines scores for AC Hoylake JFC
68:00 Assist
James Roberts makes an assist for AC Hoylake JFC
55:00 Sub On
Matthew Baker is substituted on for AC Hoylake JFC
55:00 Sub Off
Noah Gairing is substituted off for AC Hoylake JFC
35:00 Sub On
Noah Gairing is substituted on for AC Hoylake JFC
35:00 Sub Off
Matthew Baker is substituted off for AC Hoylake JFC
End of period 1
18:00 Sub Off
Noah Gairing is substituted off for AC Hoylake JFC
18:00 Sub On
Matthew Baker is substituted on for AC Hoylake JFC
15:00 Goal 0 - 1
Lewis Hughes scores for AC Hoylake JFC
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • West Kirby United Panthers Greens
  • AC Hoylake JFC
  • 0
  • Lewis Hughes Goal 15:00'
  • Matthew Baker Sub On 18:00'
  • Noah Gairing Sub Off 18:00'
  • Noah Gairing Sub On 35:00'
  • Matthew Baker Sub Off 35:00'
  • Matthew Baker Sub On 55:00'
  • Noah Gairing Sub Off 55:00'
  • Leo Haines Goal 68:00'
  • James Roberts Assist 68:00'
  • James Roberts Player of the Match 70:00'

Team selection

Roberts, James Roberts, James
Gairing, Noah Gairing, Noah
Carruthers, Joshua Carruthers, Joshua
Melling, Daniel Melling, Daniel
Ellis, Billy Ellis, Billy
Price, Josh Price, Josh
robinson, alex robinson, alex
Wynne, Callum Wynne, Callum
Haines, Leo Haines, Leo
Hughes, Lewis Hughes, Lewis
Birch, Jack Birch, Jack

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