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Bloodied and bowed
11:57am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Football
Greenalls Padgate St Oswalds 0
Old Xaverians 2
GREENALLS bowed out of the Liverpool Cup after a disappointing defeat to Old Xaverians on home soil.
An all-out brawl between the two sides erupted near the end of the game, resulting in yellow cards for Greenalls’ Jack Hynes and Robert Hanley, but by that time the fight for the result had already been decided by the visitors.
Xaverians took the lead after the break, a nicely-timed pass from Jon Steen allowing Dave Speed to squeeze the ball under Craig Clare to give them the lead. Sean Irving doubled their advantage in the 57th minute with an outstanding goal, striking from a crossing position by the right corner flag and watching as the ball swerved into the top left corner of the net.
But the second half goals belied what was largely a tight game, particularly in the first half.
Danny Topping spurned the first chance of the game for Greenalls with a curling cross from a free kick just outside the box, a scramble of heads pushing it onto the outside of the net.
The guests started to get on top midway through the first half, Karl Brown’s deflected shot testing Clare before the visitors started to really threaten from their set pieces.
As it was, the hosts managed to keep them at bay until after the break, when the floodgates opened to leave PSO on the back foot.
Greenalls reacted to the second-half goals by making changes in an attempt to rescue a result, but Xaverians were proving too physical for the home side.
Two great chances to grab goals back from free kicks went begging and Greenalls started to let their frustration get the better of them, which resulted in a full-blown eruption between the two teams after the ball had gone out for a throw in.
The referee restored order, but the game never really recovered from the brawl and as a result Greenalls struggled to build any of the required possession needed to save themselves from defeat.
Greenalls: Craig Clare, Paul Dobson, Chris Rogers, Jack Hynes, Adam Jones, Danny Topping, Mike Evans, Mark Hughes (c), Robbie Hanley, Craig Hoyland, Lee Vaughan. Subs: Gareth Johns, Neil Sutch, Glen Percival, Chris Kiernen.
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