AC Hoylake Galaxy 10-0 Eastham Jets
By Les Roberts
I've spent the last week thinking this ended 9-0.
After last week’s hysteria at Heswall, it was good to get back on the pitch and straight back to winning ways against Eastham Jets.
The sun was shining, Galaxy were winning football matches once again, and the world was back to normal after last week’s mad – there’s no other word for it – cancellation of the fixture away at Heswall.
To recap, and it’s definitely worth a recap, the game at Puddydale was called off after the club’s welfare officer got wind of potential thunderstorms, which presented a risk of the players getting struck by lightning.
The match being called off in case a kid got struck by lightning will never get old. Nor will this absolute gem, which was the hottest of all the hot takes from Facebook.
"forecast for 3 hours of it [thunderstorms] on Wirral .. clubs have called games off in advance to protect children as some managers woudl continue regardless unfortunately.. it's our responsibility to protect everyone's safety.. you're an open target for lightning in a field!!!"
"you're an open target for lightning in a field!!!" Sensational stuff!
Anyway, Eastham Jets at home…
I warned the lads at the start of the game to make sure they never got complacent, and the key thing for this match was to not concede – regardless of what the league’s position is on goal difference, a clean sheet is always good, especially when we’re rotating the goalkeepers.
And the lads did what I called a professional job on Eastham, and were in complete control from start to finish.
Josh Carruthers opened the scoring after just five minutes. Dylan Gray latched onto a long ball over the defence, and rounded the ‘keeper who just managed to impede him a little, but Josh had been left completely unmarked to roll the ball in.
Josh then doubled his and Galaxy’s tally for the day a few minutes later, volleying in from close range after Jamie Gann whipped a fierce free kick into the box.
Jamie himself then put Galaxy three goals up a few minutes later, after more good work from Dylan left him free in the box to slot past the ‘keeper, before Dylan got a much-deserved goal 16 minutes, bundling in from close range following a neat through ball from Jamie played Josh in to cross the ball goalwards.
‘Goalwards’ – there’s a football word, if ever there was one.
Galaxy we 5-0 up on 20 minutes when Josh completed his hat-trick by hammering a dipping shot over the keeper from inside the box.
And then Jamie took over the goalscoring, netting two composed finishes from inside the box, before rounding off a complete first half performance by nodding in another wicked left-wing cross from Josh.
It was 7-0 at half time, and a win like that on the opening day seemed on the cards.
To their credit – and they deserve a lot of credit for playing the game properly, never letting their heads drop, and never lowering themselves to the fouling tactics some other teams resort to – Eastham shored things up in the second half, and while Galaxy remained in complete control, the chances dried up.
On 49 minutes, Jamie got his fifth of the game – and his ninth against Eastham this season – from the penalty spot. If anyone can remember how we won the penalty, let me know, drawing a complete blank, here. And this was the goal that was missing from my list, still no idea why.
On 53 minutes Dylan rounded off the scoring with his second of the day, netting from close range after latching on to a great cross from Alex.
That win meant it’s now four wins on the spin and a 100% start to the season for Galaxy – we’re in joint third place with Young Lions Lyjons on 12 points (answers on a postcard how the league have decided who goes third and who goes fourth – my money is on alphabetical order), with two games in hand over Greasby who are top on 16 points.
It’s Heswall away next, weather permitting – let’s make it five wins in five.
Man of the Match - Joshua Carruthers
Every week there are a few genuine man of the match contenders and this week was no different – Jamie Gann’s five goals, numerous assists and all round brilliant play can’t be overlooked, buy Josh just edged him out on this occasion after he started the match like lightning and raced to a quick hat-trick. It seems there’s a lot to be said for a pre-match McDonald’s breakfast.