LEIGH ATHLETIC 3, TURTON 3
Lancashire FA Amateur Shield, Road One
Saturday 16th September, 2017
Leigh Athletic began their assault on the Lancashire Amateur Shield with a hard fought, penalty shoot-out win against a very well organised, and frankly superior team from the top flight of the West Lancashire league.
But the best team on the day, isn’t always the one that comes away with the spoils.
Athletic took a while to get into the game, and if Turton had been a little more clinical in the early stages then they could quite easily have taken the lead. But they were left to rue the missed opportunity on thirteen minutes, when Keeran Parker broke through their high defensive line to chip the keeper and open the scoring.
Leigh were unable to capitalise on their lead, especially when the referee failed to see the Turton defence clear a goal-bound effort that, with goal-line technology would clearly have shown the ball a good foot over the line.
However, it was Turton who equalised before the break, sending the teams in all square.
The second half was a more disjointed affair, with the referee regularly stopping the game as Turton players, time after time, collapsed under the slightest touch to win free kicks at a regular rate.
Midway through the half, Joshua Brennan score yet again, making in nine goals in six starts since the opening day of the season.
However, Leighs lead was short lived as the game descended into farce inside the final twenty minutes.
Turton scored twice to take the lead, Leigh saw red on three occasions and the visitors shut up shop, deciding to protect their lead rather than go for the proverbial Athletic throat.
This was to be their undoing.
Ninety minutes up, two of the three added minutes up.
Tom Sims steps up to float a glorious free kick into the top right hand corner to earn Leigh an unlikely equaliser.
No time left for Turton to pick themselves up before the dreaded penalties.
Turton missed one and had a second saved.
Adam Jones, Tom Sims, and Kerim Jones converted theirs. Tom Scott stepped up for the final penalty, calmly tucked it away.
STARTING LINE UP: Craig Holmes; Daniel Babilinski, Dave Dooley, Matt Rogers; Bradley McColl, Sean Mountford, Kerim Jones, Adam Jones; Keeran Parker, Joshua Brennan
SUBSTITUTES (Used): James Dooley, Tom Scott
MAN OF THE MATCH: Bradley McColl