Decent start to the season, that.
By Les Roberts
After last weekend's postponed game, Galaxy U14 finally got to kick off the 2018/19 season - and did so in some style.
Galaxy U14 kicked off the new season with an outstanding 17-2 win against Eastham Rangers Jets - unsurprisingly, our biggest ever win.
It's always an odd feeling when you win a game by such a massive margin. Once the first five or so have gone in, and it's clear there's only one way the game is going, your thoughts start to turn to the other team, and you find yourself almost willing them to get back into the game a bit - as I'm pretty sure anyone who's ever been on the end of a hammering will agree with (and we found ourselves on the end of plenty when we were the Asteroids - a few new players and a name change did the trick though).
But today was one of those days where Galaxy were at their outstanding best, and absolutely nothing went the oppositions way. And it was brilliant.
Galaxy are in the odd position where we have a goalie who is just as good outfield as he is in nets, and so to give Thomas a rare outing further up the pitch we shifted things around a bit for this one, with James and Alex sharing the first half in goal.
Within 20 minutes he was our top scorer, scoring a quick - and near perfect (left foot, left foot header) - hat-trick.
Dan Melling came on to open his account, coolly slotting past the keeper after it initially looked like he'd over hit his first touch (what do I know?!), before doubling his tally for the season ten minutes later. Before he did though, James Roberts slotted his first by way of a deflection off an Eastham defender.
Josh Carruthers then got on the score sheet with a neat shot inside the box, and Luke Davis rounded off the first half scoring with a lovely, side-footed shot from the edge of the area.
Right at the end of the half, Eastham bundled a goal in at the far post from a well worked move, but it was all Galaxy for the entire half.
Half time - Eastham Rangers Jets 1 - 11 AC Hoylake Galaxy
With Thomas now back in goal, Galaxy re-shuffled again to play what seemed to be a strange, and never again to be repeated 3-3-4 formation, and Jets started to get a bit of a foothold in the game, coming close on a few occasions.
A great run and beautiful finish from Max Farrell, who side-footed a powerful shot from the edge of the box and into the corner of the net, shook Galaxy out of their slump, and the goals started flowing again.
James doubled his tally with a thundering left-foot volley off a great corner by Josh, then Jamie got his first of the game, another neat volley from a corner. Jamie then doubled his tally five minutes later with another tidy close range volley, before Ben Thompson got his first of the day with a lovely lobbed effort from the edge of the box.
On 65 minutes, Jamie got his hat-trick after a neat dribble round the keeper, and Ben got on the score sheet again with a nice volley from outside the box. Ben was denied his hat-trick minutes later as a shot cannoned off the back of Josh and looped over the keeper - he won't score a stranger goal all season.
Jamie then rounded the scoring off with a stunning chip over the keeper from a tight angle on the edge of the six-yard box, and took the mantle of top scorer from Thomas (we're expecting three from him every time he plays outfield now!)
And, somewhere in all that, Eastham scored their second. As good as Galaxy were though, the scoreline did do Eastham a disservice and , to their immense credit, they just carried on plugging away all game - that attitude from them can't be faulted, and there are any number of teams and players who would have been fighting among themselves and wholesale given up in that situation, but they never did.
Full time - Eastham Rangers Jets 2 - 17 AC Hoylake Galaxy
The game ended in a record win for Galaxy though, with eight players on the score sheet - a dream start to the season.
Man of the Match - Thomas Foston
MotM genuinely could genuinely have gone to any one of our players, and there were a few really outstanding performances, but a first half, near-perfect hat-trick in his first game out of goal for a while meant Thomas edged it. Not bad for a 'keeper!