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First Team North West Counties - Match centre

Congleton Town
AFC Liverpool
T Morris (36'), E Adegbenro (38'), J Carey (42')
Full time
J Whittington (9', 90'), M Boyle (76')
Sat 2 Sep 15:00 - Hallmark Security North West Counties Football League - Premier Division Attendance 129

Bears denied by added time Equaliser

Congleton had new signing Thomas Morris in defence and brought in DavSherlock and Bove to mid-field in an attempt to gain a first win in four games.

The game began in even style with both sides creating half chances in the opening minutes, Fletcher heading a free kick wide and the Jones saving comfortably from a Liverpool attack.
AFC Liverpool took the lead on 9 minutes. A mix up in the Bears defence left Jones stranded outside his area, allowing Whittingham to roll the ball into the empty net from 10 yards.
The Bears almost drew level immediately but Adegbenro’s shot from a tight angle was well saved. This began a period of intense Bears pressure with Farnworth shooting over the bar, O’Reilly heading wide and Carey with a great shot from outside the box which went just wide with the keeper beaten. Fletcher then had a chance, but the keeper got in a good block.
On 36 minutes began 6 minutes of Bears magic. First new signing Tom Morris ran with the ball down the left wing, cut inside and fired the ball past the keeper for the equaliser. Two minutes later Adegbenro put the Bears in front. Sherlock found Fletcher who then played a neat ball through to Adegbenro and he beat the keeper from just inside the box. It was 3-1 just minutes later. Cavanagh hit a pin point cross into the box and Carey headed into the net from close range. This spell had really brought the Bears fans to life.
Half Time Congleton Town 3-1 AFC Liverpool
AFC came out for the second half in determined fashion and created a couple of chances which the defence dealt with well and Jones did brilliantly to deny Whittington on a one-on-one.
Fletcher was given an opportunity on 60 minutes when his first effort brought a corner and from this he narrowly shot over the bar. At the other end Boyle had a good chance but put his shot wide.
Bears then made a couple of subs, bringing on Peters for Bove and Chappell for Cavanagh. Morris almost made it four when he rose to head a Sherlock corner just wide and then Adegbenro beat the keeper from a tight angle only for the ball to bounce back of the post.
Immediately AFC were back in it with the ball being swept forward and Boyle finishing beyond Jones, 3-2.
On 84 minutes the Bears caught AFC on the break and Adegbenro looked certain to score, only for the ball to be cleared off the line. At the other end Boyle curled a shot just over the Bears bar.
The game entered added time with the both teams looking for another goal. Farnworth played in Fletcher who saw his shot blocked on the line and then heartbreak for the Bears as the ball was quickly moved towards the home goal and Whittingham scored his second of the game with a classic shot.
The final whistle followed and the Bears could not believe they had not taken all three points
Full Time Congleton Town 3-3 AFC Liverpool
Team: Jones, Farnworth, Morris, Stevens, O’Reilly, Sherlock, Bove, Cavanagh, Adegbenro, Carey, Fletcher
Subs: Peters (70), Chappell (70), Hill, Willingham (85), Groom
The Bears are in league action on Monday night with a trip to newly promoted Widnes, then it’s FA Vase action next weekend with a trip to Squires Gate.

Key moments

9:00
Goal Joe Whittington scores for AFC Liverpool
36:00
Goal Thomas Morris scores for Congleton Town
38:00
Goal Emini Adegbenro scores for Congleton Town
42:00
Goal Jason Carey scores for Congleton Town
76:00
Goal Michael Boyle scores for AFC Liverpool
90:00
Goal Joe Whittington scores for AFC Liverpool

Highlights

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90:00 Goal 3 - 3
Joe Whittington scores for AFC Liverpool
85:00 Sub On
Lewis Willingham is substituted on for Congleton Town
85:00 Sub Off
David Sherlock is substituted off for Congleton Town
80:00 Yellow Card
Declan Fletcher is yellow carded for Congleton Town
76:00 Goal 3 - 2
Michael Boyle scores for AFC Liverpool
70:00 Sub On
Richard Peters is substituted on for Congleton Town
70:00 Sub On
Neil Chappell is substituted on for Congleton Town
70:00 Sub Off
Jonathon Cavanagh is substituted off for Congleton Town
70:00 Sub Off
Jordan Bove is substituted off for Congleton Town
56:00 Yellow Card
David Sherlock is yellow carded for Congleton Town
End of period 1
42:00 Goal 3 - 1
Jason Carey scores for Congleton Town
38:00 Goal 2 - 1
Emini Adegbenro scores for Congleton Town
36:00 Goal 1 - 1
Thomas Morris scores for Congleton Town
9:00 Goal 0 - 1
Joe Whittington scores for AFC Liverpool
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As it happened

  • Congleton Town
  • AFC Liverpool
  • 0
  • Joe Whittington Goal 9:00'
  • Thomas Morris Goal 36:00'
  • Emini Adegbenro Goal 38:00'
  • Jason Carey Goal 42:00'
  • David Sherlock Yellow Card 56:00'
  • Richard Peters Sub On 70:00'
  • Neil Chappell Sub On 70:00'
  • Jonathon Cavanagh Sub Off 70:00'
  • Jordan Bove Sub Off 70:00'
  • Michael Boyle Goal 76:00'
  • Declan Fletcher Yellow Card 80:00'
  • Lewis Willingham Sub On 85:00'
  • David Sherlock Sub Off 85:00'
  • Joe Whittington Goal 90:00'

Team selection

Jones, Andrew Jones, Andrew
Farnworth, Matthew Farnworth, Matthew
Morris, Thomas Morris, Thomas
Adegbenro, Emini Adegbenro, Emini
Stevens, Thomas Stevens, Thomas
O'Reilly, Jonah O'Reilly, Jonah
Sherlock, David Sherlock, David
Cavanagh, Jonathon Cavanagh, Jonathon
Carey, Jason Carey, Jason
Fletcher, Declan Fletcher, Declan
Bove, Jordan Bove, Jordan
AFC Liverpool
  • 1. Joe Whittington
  • 2. Michael Boyle
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# Team Pl Pts
9. AFC Liverpool 8 11
10. Hanley Town 5 10
11. Congleton Town 8 9
12. Irlam 7 9
13. 1874 Northwich 4 8
14. Barnoldswick Town 8 7
15. Padiham 7 7

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