Under 13s Galaxy - Match centre

Shore Villa Tigers
AC Hoylake JFC
Full time
J Carruthers (45'), L Davis (22'), L Haines (69')
Sat 16 Sep 10:00 - League

Shore Villa Tigers 6-3 AC Hoylake Galaxy

It rarely ends well for us when we play Shore Villa, but although the result says otherwise, this one did end on a high.

It's always a tough game against Shore Villa Tigers - the team that pipped us to the title last season (OK, they finished ten points ahead of us in the end, but still...) is always well-organised in defence and quick on the break, so it wasn't the best game to be going into after last week's narrow defeat to West Kirby United Panthers Green (or WKUPG, as we'll now call them for the sake of the word count).

But, you have to play everyone twice (or three times, if the league fancy shaking things up for no apparent reason), and so we went into the game with confidence high and a full squad ready to take the game to the Tigers.

First Half
The game kicked off on one of those massive pitches at Plymyards - anyone who's played Sunday League will know how tough they are to get up and down as an adult, so it was no surprise to see our under 13s finding to tough to get out of their own half during the opening period.

Even so, Galaxy were keeping the Tigers at bay with relative ease, until the first of the morning's contentious (wrong) refereeing decisions went against us - James Roberts was shepherding the ball out of play when it hit a bobble just before it bounced over the touchline for a goal kick, but Tigers shouted for a corner and the referee awarded it to them.

In fairness, I can see how the referee could have thought it hit James before it went out, and good on the Tigers players for shouting for the decision, but there was an air of inevitability they'd score from the resulting corner. They did.

Shore Villa Tigers 1-0 AC Hoylake Galaxy

Shore Villa then doubled their lead soon afterwards - I'm not going to lie, I can't remember how it went in - but Galaxy pulled one back almost immediately, as Daniel Melling curled a lovely, defence-splitting pass through to Luke Davis, who powered into the area and clipped a lovely finish past the Tigers 'keeper.

Shore Villa Tigers 2-1 AC Hoylake Galaxy

Self-belief was now surging through the entire Galaxy team who, instead of hastily clearing the ball at every opportunity, were getting it down and playing some lovely football that Shore Villa were struggling to cope with - until we were undone by the second, decisive, poor refereeing decision of the day.

As an attack broke down, the ball was lofted clear by a Tigers defender and into the Galaxy half, to a player who was at least a yard offside. But, despite protestations from the Galaxy touchline, he was allowed to run through on goal and restore Tigers' two-goal advantage.

We were hardly playing a George Graham-style offside trap - it was sheer luck that the Tigers' striker was offside - but offside he was and stood the goal shouldn't have (try saying that last bit in Yoda's voice, works much better).

Now I know refereeing is a tough gig - essentially, you've two ungrateful crowds to upset - and although the ref had a decent game overall, he got two big decisions wrong. To make matters worse, our line was told in no uncertain terms that it's only there to flag for throw-ins, which is fair enough, but referees can't be getting obvious calls like this one wrong. But this one did, so...

Shore Villa Tigers 3-1 AC Hoylake Galaxy

This knocked the stuffing out of the team, who visibly wilted, and Tigers added another before half time (again, no idea how it went in, it seems I only remember the dodgy ones!)

Half time: Shore Villa Tigers 4-1 AC Hoylake Galaxy

If we were to get anything out of the game, we needed a big performance from the team, and that's exactly what we got, as every player lifted themselves to put in a solid second half showing - none more so than Joshua Carruthers who smacked in Galaxy's second goal from outside the area. The ball broke to him and he put his laces through it first time, leaving the keeper with nothing to do but pick it out of the net.

If you want an idea of how good a hit it was, this Alan Partridge commentary nails it - in fact, Josh hit the ball so hard, he injured his foot in the process and had to come off.

Galaxy were back in the game, and pushing for an equaliser when Tigers broke and were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area. Their number three lined up a shot and smacked it towards the top corner, only to force a brilliant save from Thomas Foston in the Galaxy goal.

It wasn't long before Tigers did increase their lead again though, with a brilliant solo goal from their left winger, who picked the ball up on the half way line and evaded a couple of chances on his way into the box to slot past Thomas. And then Tigers (undeservedly) went 6-2 up soon after - that's not sour grapes, by the way, Tigers are an excellent team, who played well and took their chances, they just weren't worth a four-goal lead for this pundit's money. But, the stats don't lie, so...

Shore Villa Tigers 6-2 AC Hoylake Galaxy

There was just time for a late flourish from Galaxy, who scored a third through Leo Haines - that's two-in-two for Leo - after he was played through by Josh Carruthers, who had by now recovered from hitting the hardest shot ever, or at least since this one.

Final score: Shore Villa Tigers 6-3 AC Hoylake Galaxy

In the end, Tigers did enough to register another comfortable win over Galaxy, but the second half performance and the way the team battled until the final whistle, despite the scoreline, stands us in good stead for next week, when we face another of last season's bogey teams in New Ferry Rangers Orange, in our first game at our new home at Acres Road.

Bring it on!

Man of the match - Noah Gairing
Last week's Man of the Match, James Roberts put in another great display, as did Daniel Melling, who Tigers really couldn't cope with, and Joshua Carruthers who scored a screamer and set one up. But Noah Gairing played a blinder at right back for Galaxy - his best display during his time at AC Hoylake - and is growing into a solid defender.

Key moments

22:00
Goal Luke Davis scores for AC Hoylake JFC
45:00
Goal Joshua Carruthers scores for AC Hoylake JFC
69:00
Goal Leo Haines scores for AC Hoylake JFC

Highlights

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70:00 Player of the Match
Noah Gairing is awarded player of the match for AC Hoylake JFC
69:00 Goal 0 - 3
Leo Haines scores for AC Hoylake JFC
69:00 Assist
Joshua Carruthers makes an assist for AC Hoylake JFC
65:00 Sub On
Joshua Carruthers is substituted on for AC Hoylake JFC
65:00 Sub Off
Luke Davis is substituted off for AC Hoylake JFC
65:00 Sub On
Leo Haines is substituted on for AC Hoylake JFC
65:00 Sub Off
Lewis Hughes is substituted off for AC Hoylake JFC
55:00 Sub Off
Josh Price is substituted off for AC Hoylake JFC
55:00 Sub On
Zack Rowe is substituted on for AC Hoylake JFC
54:00 Sub On
Noah Gairing is substituted on for AC Hoylake JFC
54:00 Sub Off
Matthew Baker is substituted off for AC Hoylake JFC
53:00 Sub Off
Leo Haines is substituted off for AC Hoylake JFC
53:00 Sub On
Jack Birch is substituted on for AC Hoylake JFC
45:00 Sub On
alex robinson is substituted on for AC Hoylake JFC
45:00 Goal 0 - 2
Joshua Carruthers scores for AC Hoylake JFC
44:00 Sub Off
Joshua Carruthers is substituted off for AC Hoylake JFC
36:00 Sub Off
Jack Birch is substituted off for AC Hoylake JFC
36:00 Sub Off
Noah Gairing is substituted off for AC Hoylake JFC
36:00 Sub On
Matthew Baker is substituted on for AC Hoylake JFC
36:00 Sub Off
alex robinson is substituted off for AC Hoylake JFC
36:00 Sub On
Lewis Hughes is substituted on for AC Hoylake JFC
36:00 Sub Off
Zack Rowe is substituted off for AC Hoylake JFC
36:00 Sub On
Billy Ellis is substituted on for AC Hoylake JFC
36:00 Sub On
Callum Wynne is substituted on for AC Hoylake JFC
End of period 1
22:00 Goal 0 - 1
Luke Davis scores for AC Hoylake JFC
22:00 Assist
Daniel Melling makes an assist for AC Hoylake JFC
21:00 Sub On
Luke Davis is substituted on for AC Hoylake JFC
21:00 Sub Off
Lewis Hughes is substituted off for AC Hoylake JFC
20:00 Sub On
Noah Gairing is substituted on for AC Hoylake JFC
20:00 Sub Off
Matthew Baker is substituted off for AC Hoylake JFC
19:00 Sub On
Joshua Carruthers is substituted on for AC Hoylake JFC
19:00 Sub Off
Billy Ellis is substituted off for AC Hoylake JFC
18:00 Sub On
Daniel Melling is substituted on for AC Hoylake JFC
18:00 Sub Off
Callum Wynne is substituted off for AC Hoylake JFC
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Shore Villa Tigers
  • AC Hoylake JFC
  • 0
  • Daniel Melling Sub On 18:00'
  • Callum Wynne Sub Off 18:00'
  • Joshua Carruthers Sub On 19:00'
  • Billy Ellis Sub Off 19:00'
  • Noah Gairing Sub On 20:00'
  • Matthew Baker Sub Off 20:00'
  • Luke Davis Sub On 21:00'
  • Lewis Hughes Sub Off 21:00'
  • Luke Davis Goal 22:00'
  • Daniel Melling Assist 22:00'
  • Callum Wynne Sub On 36:00'
  • Jack Birch Sub Off 36:00'
  • Billy Ellis Sub On 36:00'
  • Zack Rowe Sub Off 36:00'
  • Lewis Hughes Sub On 36:00'
  • alex robinson Sub Off 36:00'
  • Matthew Baker Sub On 36:00'
  • Noah Gairing Sub Off 36:00'
  • Joshua Carruthers Sub Off 44:00'
  • Joshua Carruthers Goal 45:00'
  • alex robinson Sub On 45:00'
  • Leo Haines Sub Off 53:00'
  • Jack Birch Sub On 53:00'
  • Noah Gairing Sub On 54:00'
  • Matthew Baker Sub Off 54:00'
  • Zack Rowe Sub On 55:00'
  • Josh Price Sub Off 55:00'
  • Lewis Hughes Sub Off 65:00'
  • Leo Haines Sub On 65:00'
  • Luke Davis Sub Off 65:00'
  • Joshua Carruthers Sub On 65:00'
  • Joshua Carruthers Assist 69:00'
  • Leo Haines Goal 69:00'
  • Noah Gairing Player of the Match 70:00'

Team selection

Foston, Thomas Foston, Thomas
Baker, Matthew Baker, Matthew
Roberts, James Roberts, James
Wynne, Callum Wynne, Callum
Rowe, Zack Rowe, Zack
Price, Josh Price, Josh
robinson, alex robinson, alex
Ellis, Billy Ellis, Billy
Haines, Leo Haines, Leo
Hughes, Lewis Hughes, Lewis
Birch, Jack Birch, Jack

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