Southport KGV Run Riot!

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KGV looked to stay unbeaten after their impressive win against Trafford, their opponents this match were their local rivals Southport College. The game started with both teams trying to settle with breaks in both defences allowing early chances but no goals to show for their efforts. Southport College started the brighter of the two teams for the first 10 minutes but once the KGV lads settled down they began to pose a threat with most balls that were played forward. Ryan Grier led the line for this game very well and broke free from the Southport defence on numerous occasions coming close on two occasions with one effort striking the post before he finally broke the deadlock with a great passing move that caught the Southport defence napping and allowing Ryan to steer the ball home well with his weaker foot.

KGV piled on the pressure with attacking prowess and with this pressure they gained a two goal advantage when the ball was scrambled in by Nathan who made a gut wrenching run to stab home the goalkeeper’s mistake. The 2-0 lead was kept due to Rory’s heroics who kept the Southport strikers shot at bay on numerous occasions throughout the game making one emphatic save when falling backwards and still managing to get a strong hand to the ball to tip it over.

The KGV defence were given a tough test but Tom Walsh and Chris Norris stood up to it well with great communication and some important tackles even if they were feeling worse for wear after the game. The two full backs were essential in linking up play with Dom Rigby and Joe joining attacks and being the let out ball for the midfield. The midfield trio played well when attacking with good movement and passing which made their opponents run around like headless chickens, Anthony Brown was able to break through and produced a neat finish through the legs of the goalkeeper to make it 3-0.

As the half drew to a close the manager decided to shuffle the pack and brought Dan Thompson on upfront who managed to get an important goal before the half ended with a magnificent touch and turn allowing him to place the ball in the bottom corner and produce much nicer score line going into the second half.

The KGV lads came out second half ensuring they weren’t going to concede with every player giving 100% effort for both phases of play. The next 3 goals were all scored by Connor Tierney who is in good goal scoring form. The first of the 3 was a left footed screamer from just outside the box which was past the keeper before he even saw it. The second was produced by good play down the wing which produced a cross for Connor who dinked the ball over the sprawling goal keeper. That made it 6-0 but Connor ensured he got his hat-trick with good determination to keep the ball away from two defenders and tucked the ball past the helpless goalkeeper and Connor was off celebrating his first KGV hat-trick. The game saw a lull in play as Southport College got frustrated and started to enforce themselves with some strong tackling and sometimes out of order actions. The KGV lads kept their heads and ensured they finished strongly not allowing Southport College to get a consolation goal, instead Dan Galloway was able to get his first goal for the team when Nathan was shoved over in the area for a penalty, Dan was quick to take the ball and even with the jeering from his opponents was able to send the goalkeeper the wrong way and cap off a thumping 9-0 win. Overall a good performance from the team, and a win that makes it 2 in 2.

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