MATCH REPORT: IRLAM FC 2 CHARNOCK RICHARD FC 4
Frustration for Irlam
IRLAM FC said goodbye to a frustrating week , 3 defeats in 7 days that could have produced much more as the team went down 4-2 to a well organised Charnock Richard side.
The game felt a fairly even affair throughout, but 6 goals in the game spoke more of chances well taken than overall dominance from either side, but again it was opening goals that set the tone, as they do in so many games.
An opening 15 minutes that saw Irlam pushed back by a lively Charnock side, chances falling to Scott and Darcy as the men in green piled on the pressure.
At the other end Perry broke down the right to deliver a searching cross into the Charnock area, but there were no takers on this occasion.
The pressure continued, as Irlam keeper White saved well to deny a 30 yrd strike from Woods, but minutes later the ball was in the back of the Irlam net. On 16 minutes, a curling free kick into the Irlam area was only partially cleared, and when the loose ball was fired back into the area, Grimshaw was on hand to force home the opener from close range for the visitors.
on 25 minutes Charnock would suffer a similar fate as Irlam drew level. A free kick a good 40 yards out was whipped into the Charnock area by Morrison, the visiting defence struggling to clear the danger as Irlam centre half Ryan Ledson was on hand to fire home the equaliser.
The chances still kept coming for Irlam, but the game had become a more even affair it had to be said. Grimshaw was nearly in again as he headed over the Irlam goal from a whipped in corner, whilst at the other end Cheetham in the visiting goal would count himself fortunate as Pollitt head goalwards from close range, but straight into the Charnock keepers hands.
Perry was working well down the right side for Irlam as the game headed towards the break, an early run and cross blocked out by Walker in defence was followed up by a ball from Perry cut back into the path of Pollitt, the young forward striking first time to draw a fine save from Cheetham in the visiting goal as the half drew to a close.
The second period saw Irlam take the fight to the visitors, Perry with consecutive crosses early on both cleared away, whilst and inswinging corner from Morrison saw no takers as Charnock searched for the reset button. Irlam full back Joel Amado set off on a run, the young full back covering virtually the full length of the pitch before the ball was shepherded away to safety by that watchful Charnock defence.
As we headed to the hour mark a Boland free kick for Irlam nearly saw the home side take the lead, a slight deflection taking the danger off the shot.
With so many chances come and gone in the second half for Irlam, the next one would fall to the visitors, an absolute gift on 69 minutes as Charnock full back O'farrell arrived late in the Irlam area to head home unmarked at the far post from and inswinging free kick as Charnock took a 2-1 lead.
On 80 minutes Perry escaped his marker and rounded Cheetham in the Charnock goal to find himself with a tight angle but empty net to fire into. As the Irlam winger adjusted his position the delay would prove to be enough as defender Walker slid in to take the ball off Perry's toe, a golden chance to draw level.
The chance deflated the Irlam side, and the search for the equaliser led to a 3rd Charnock goal as Higham fired low down in the left corner to extend the visitors lead. On 90 minutes Charnock would seal the victory as they fired home a fourth , Oli Oxley firing in off the Irlam upright from 25 yards out to make the score 4-1.
As the game entered added time, Irlam substitute Connor Martin would get his reward for a busy 15 minute appearance to fire home from a cross in, to give the scoreline a final look as the game ended with a 4-2 defeat for IRLAM.