PENNINGTON 1, LEIGH ATHLETIC 3
Manchester Football League, Division One
Saturday 2nd September, 2017
Talk about Déjà vu!
For the second success week Athletic scored two first half goals in a forty-five minute spell of almost complete domination, scored a third quickly after the re-start and conceded in the 85th minute to the oppositions only shot on target.
But this was a sweet victory, in a local derby that had Leigh Athletic rightfully coming out on top in all departments.
It might seem harsh to say, but when Joshua Brennan headed home Thomas Sims free kick unchallenged the game was as good as over. There were only two minutes on the clock.
Matt Rogers raced through a static defence, laid off a pin point pass that eventually saw Matthew Babilinski double the lead on his return from injury.
Nine minutes gone. But, it could and should have been more. Tom Scott, Grady Mountford, Brennan and Milo Ogden all created golden opportunities to score but at half time Pennington were still in with a chance of getting back into the game.
Two minutes after the restart that thought had gone as Scott’s perfect cross was headed home by Brennan.
Game over, job done.
Pennington hustled and bustled but could not break through. They did get that consolation, but only after Leigh had been reduced to ten men due to an injury to Ash Glover.
Craig Holmes saved the first attempt, but the rebound was put away. It shouldn’t have counted, he was clearly offside but perhaps the referee was showing a bit of sympathy in the dying minutes, so dominant had Athletic been.
STARTING LINE UP: Craig Holmes; Ash Glover, Matthew Rogers, Daniel Babilinski; Grady Mountford, Tom Scott, Milo Ogden, Tom Sims, Adam Jones; Matthew Babilinski, Joshua Brennan
SUBSTITUTES USED: Dean Dearden, Kerim Jones, Bradley McColl
MAN OF THE MATCH: Matt Rogers