With no game for almost 2 weeks the home side were raring to go, with the biggest turnout of the season, 24 players all vying for a place in the 16-man match day squad, which left Managers Frankie Medlicott and Dave O’Reilly with some tough selection decisions.
The decisions made as the management looked to reward the scratch side that took to the field in the last game that put Muni-Flex FC to the slaughter in the 9-2 mauling, naming an unchanged starting line-up.
The sides looked evenly matched in the opening exchanges, with the visitors seeing more of the possession but it was the home side that were creating the chances, as they came increasingly closer to breaking the deadlock.
Scarisbrick Hall continued to threaten the visitor’s goal and finally found the breakthrough midway through the first half courtesy of a Lewis O’Reilly converted penalty. The spot kick awarded after a promising attack was ended abruptly as ??? was swiped off the ball, as the defender attempted to halt his advances.
After a short wait O’Reilly stepped up, firing the strike down the middle, the keeper able to get a hand on the ball but was unable to prevent the goal.
The home side were on top and looked to make there advantage pay, and before the break they doubled their lead. A driving run from Paul Pruden beat the last defender, then unleashed a thundering shot the keeper beat, the frame of the goal only prolonged the inevitable as the ball ricochet back into the danger zone before Mark Snow held his nerve to coolly convert from close range.
Half-Time: Scarisbrick Hall FC 2 – 0 Cream FC
With the tie looking to be going Scarisbrick Hall’s way at the break, the tie soon turned at the restart. The first Cream attack after the whistle, the home side struggled to clear their lines and were caught on the back foot as they gifted the visitors possession just outside their own box, a quick pass later and they were back in the tie, Tom Soffe between the sticks for the home side given no chance.
Scarisbrick Hall had a number of chances in the second period to finish off the game, but couldn’t convert, leading the home side to hang on in the closing minutes overcoming an onslaught of possession from Cream. The squad stood firm to keep their opponents out, forcing the win as the side move into 2nd in the 1st Division table.
Full-Time: Scarisbrick Hall FC 2 – 1 Cream FC
Scarisbrick Hall Line-Up: Tom Soffe, Harry Grogan, Matthew O’Reilly, James Banks, Ryan Graham, Danny Lonorgan, Lewis O’Reilly, Jack Medlicott, Lee Sorngaard, Mark Snow, Paul Pruden.
Subs (All Used): Alex Medlicott, Paul Gavin, Jack McShane, Martyn Walsh, David Jones.
Goalscorers: Lewis O’Reilly (Pen), Mark Snow.