Squires Gate 4-5 AFC Liverpool

AFC Liverpool were involved in a nine goal thriller during their away day to Blackpool to face Squires Gate.

At various stages this season, both sides had developed a reputation for high-scoring coupled with some defensive lapses. The Reds seemed to have brought the errors under control of late, but that was not the case in this game.  As early as the eighth minute,  Gate forward Richard Seear broke through for a one on one with Germano Mendes. The Reds keeper seemed to get a touch on the ball before colliding with the attacker,  but the referee pointed to the spot and Seear coolly converted the penalty to make it one-nil.

The Reds had a good attacking spell following the goal with Jack Leamey tormenting the home defence.  He got his just reward for some tricky play,  twisting and turning to fool his marker before creating space to fire low past Gate keeper Joshua Woods on fourteen minutes for the equaliser.

Despite dominating the play,  which saw Leamey go close once again,  AFC were caught on the break on twenty-five minutes as Brett Dawson chased down a long ball and fired in from a narrow angle.  Undaunted, the Reds continued to push forward, and hit back in the thirty-seventh minute as Freddie Champion finished a good passing move, hitting low from the edge of the area into the back of the net to make it two-all.

Connor Belger looked certain to give the Reds the lead for the first time on thirty-six minutes, with just Woods to beat,  but he took too long and was caught by opposing defenders. At the other end minutes later, another defensive lapse meant Seear was allowed an unchallenged run into the box and fired low beyond Mendes for Gate’s third goal.

Belger was able to redeem himself with a goal for the Reds just before half time,  being the first to react to an awkward bounce in front of goal, and he raised his boot to ease the ball over the line to make it honours even at 3-3.

After the break, with the weather taking a turn for the worse, the Reds kept control of play as they had done for the majority of the first half.  Michael White turned the ball in from a Paul Speed free kick on fifty-six minutes, but the assistant raised his flag and the goal didn’t stand.

Despite another dominant spell for the Reds they had to wait until the seventy-first minute to finally take the lead in the match.  White intercepted a clearance with a powerful header on the halfway line,  which sent Belger running, and under pressure from his marker he produced a stunning finish from a narrow angle that left Woods standing.

Not to be outdone,  Leamey got his second goal in the eightieth minute.  With some sublime skill,  he left one defender standing,  then drove forward into the box,  skipped over two more tackles,  then curled the ball beautifully around another defender and the keeper to get the Reds their fifth of the game,  sealing a man of the match award in the process.

The Reds looked worthy of the win, but still managed to give their opponents a gift in stoppage time. The back line was caught out once again by the long ball, and Seear was on hand to get his hat-trick. Fortunately for Kevin Dally’s men, the whistle blew immediately afterwards and the points were on their way back to Merseyside with the final score 4-5 to the visitors.

Squires Gate FC 4-5 AFC Liverpool
Seear 7′ pen, 39′,90′  Leamey 13′ 81′
Dawson 23′                 Champion 32′
.                                     Belger 45′ 71′

Squires Gate: 1.Joshua Woods 2.Andrew Richards (12.Joseph Noblet 67′) 3.Jacob Higham 4.Daniel Penswick 5.Paul Carroll (14’David Rossall 82′) 6.Paul Alexander 7.Jamie Gibson 8.Michael Hall 9.Richard Seear 10.Ryan Riley 11.Brett Dawson
Subs Not Used:15. Seydou Bamba 16.Mark Thornber

AFC Liverpool: 1.Germano Mendes 2.Kieron Brislen (12.Marvin Molyneux 86′) 3.Josh Essery (14.Jack Hont 89′) 4.Jonathon Swatton 5.Michael White 6.Dimitrios Christou 7.Connor Belger (15.Conor Wright 75′) 8.Paul Speed 9.Frederick Champion 10.Francis Smith 11.Jack Leamey
Subs Not Used 13.Ross Dalton 16.Mark Toohey

AFC Liverpool Man of the Match: Jack Leamey

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Photo Courtesy of Dave Williams

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