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Irlam FC U18 - Match centre

Irlam FC
Hyde Egerton Academy FC
R MURPHY (48')
Full time
Sun 21 Dec 14:00 - North West Youth Alliance - Second Division Attendance 47

Not a Christmas cracker!!

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Irlam's bogey side....?

Irlam U18's were hoping to go into the Christmas break making December a month of victories...however, they were to have a frustrating afternoon against a spirited Hyde side. The youngsters had started the game brightly but after 10 mins the pace and accuracy normally associated with the Irlam players was missing, this would prove to be the pattern for the rest of the afternoon. That said, with better decisions made by Jordan, Williams, Main, Nixon and Martin, Irlam could have taken the lead albeit slightly against the run of play.

Part way through the first half Williams was replaced by Pollitt and shortly afterwards the visitors took the lead. This lifted the visitors further and for the final few minutes of the half Irlam were under strong pressure but but Aldred was in good form to deny the Hyde No10 on a couple of occasions.

The second half started with Irlam on the front foot, after 3 minutes a goal mouth scramble was prodded home from close range by Murphy to bring Irlam level. The goal failed to lift Irlam to any greater heights but instead the visitors were the team pushing and creating chances. Aldred again making 2 fantastic saves, one which saw the Irlam keeper out quickly to again deny the Hyde No10 with a great one on one save. The game drifted for the last 15 minutes with neither team looking likely to score until a speculative effort from Martin, 30 yards out looked to have won the game for Irlam but the ball bouncing agonizingly wide of the post with the Hyde keeper well beaten.

In all a fair result on a difficult day against a side the young Irlam players have failed to beat in 5 games making Hyde a bit of a bogey side for the Irlam youth players.

Irlam go into the Christmas break second in the league with a game in hand, through to the Semi final of the league cup, Quarter final of the Open and also having had a memorable run in the FA Youth Cup. It is fair to say the players have performed brilliantly in the first half of the season and will look forward to a successful second part in 2015.

Well done to every player in the squad, keep up the high standards.

JACQUES KPOHOMOUH

Player of the Match

JACQUES KPOHOMOUH

Key moments

48:00
Goal ROURKE MURPHY scores for Irlam FC
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As it happened

  • Irlam FC
  • Hyde Egerton Academy FC
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  • CAMERON WILLIAMS Sub Off 35:00'
  • Liam Pollitt Sub On 35:00'
  • ROURKE MURPHY Goal 48:00'
  • Liam Pollitt Assist 48:00'
  • JOSHUA NIXON Sub Off 53:00'
  • ISAAC ILLAGE Sub On 53:00'

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Team selection

ALDRED, JAKE ALDRED, JAKE
BOLTON, SAM BOLTON, SAM
MURPHY, ROURKE MURPHY, ROURKE
CASSELL, KARL CASSELL, KARL
KPOHOMOUH, JACQUES KPOHOMOUH, JACQUES
JORDAN, ZAR JORDAN, ZAR
WILLIAMS, CAMERON WILLIAMS, CAMERON
LEE, JACK LEE, JACK
NIXON, JOSHUA NIXON, JOSHUA
MARTIN, CONNOR MARTIN, CONNOR
MAIN, JOHN MAIN, JOHN

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