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Bootle Late Show Denies United Derby Delight

Bootle Late Show Denies United Derby Delight

By Simon Driscoll
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BOOTLE 1 SKELMERSDALE UNITED 1


After securing a point late on at Ashton Athletic on Saturday, United made a simiarly short trip to face Bootle at the Berry Street Garage Stadium and came away with a hard fought point in a 1-1 draw.
Paul McNally made two changes from Saturday with Joel Douglas promoted from the bench and Marvin Molyneux returing after illness in place of Danny Norris and Dane McCormick. Newly signed David Foy joined McCormick on a similar bench to the weekend.
United threatened early on with a lofted pass from Alex Griffiths achingly close to finding the run of Joe Cawley who was denied a chance by Bootle 'keeper Jack McGovern. McGovern counted his blessings minutes later as after being caught out by Cawley's lofted pass, he handled outside the area with the outcome being a booking.
Bootle's first chance of the evening saw Daniel Murphy heading narrowly past the post after connecting to a long free-kick and they thought they'd broken the deadlock on 20 minutes as ex-United forward Chad Whyte slotted the ball past Jack Cookson, the effort being chalked off as Whyte was offside.
Cawley swept a shot over the bar from range for United before Carl Peers curled a shot past the post at the other end and minutes later drew two defensive blocks from close range. The Bucks continued to threaten with Connor Millington drawing a low save from Cookson and Peers hitting the rebound past the post meaning the sides would go into the half-time break level at 0-0.

A great start to the second half saw United open the scoring on 49 minutes, a mazy run from Alex Griffiths saw him pick out the run of Joel Douglas who fired the ball past McGovern high into the net for 1-0. Griffiths tried his luck from distance minutes later with substitute Steven Jones hitting a shot wide of the target at the other end.
Bootle came close to levelling with Cookson forced into a fingertip save from a long range Jones effort on 72 minute but the equaliser soon arrived for the hosts, Michael Carberry's cross finding the head of Peers who glanced the ball into the bottom corner for 1-1 on 80 minutes.
Peers had a great chance to put Bootle ahead a few minutes later but could only head high and wide of the target and went closer as the game entered the final minutes, firing past the post after collecting a Johnny Foy flick on. United had a chance to seal the win in the final minute with substitute Bafude Djabi hitting a powerful effort past the post. The final whistle sounded seconds later ensuring both sides earned a deserved point.

Ashton Athletic- McGovern, O'Brien (Hoy 72), Carberry, Murphy, Cartwright, Millington, Foy, Loughlin (c), Whyte (Jones 46), Peers, Cox (Goodwin 63). Subs not used- Renyolds, Williams.

Skelmersdale United- Cookson, Glennon (Scoullar 39), Griffiths,
Molyneux, Tyrer, Peet, Wood, Coughlan (Djabi 65), Keatley, Cawley, Douglas (Foy 75) Subs not used- McCormick, Grimshaw.

Referee- J.Nield
Att 238

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Match details

Match date

Tue 06, Aug 2019

Kickoff

19:45

Attendance

238

Competition

Premier Division

League position

13
Skelmersdale Utd
14
Bootle