LEIGH ATHLETIC 1, ASKHAM UNITED 1 (4-1 PENS)
Lancashire FA Amateur Shield, Round Two
Saturday 30th September, 2017
For the second successive FA Amateur Shield game what was potentially a good game was ruined by an over-zealous official who made the game about himself rather than about football. Across the board there were eleven bookings and two sendings off, not one of which could be directly related to the game of football. The official took to booking players for swearing at themselves and stopped the game for every petty foul rather than let the game flow. On top of that, Leigh had to face a fifteen-year-old linesman, provided by the visitors who was like a one-man crusade to ensure every decision he has to give went his team’s way.
Askham were well organised and played some good build up football but lacked scoring power. Leigh defended resolutely and created the chances but could not turn them into goals. The visitor’s goalkeeper was far and away the busier of the two.
Askhams bright start saw them take the lead when Matthew Babilinski failed to close down a threat in midfield and the long range shot bent away from Craig Holmes’ outstretched dive. They were nine minutes on the clock.
But Leigh began to dominate and press for the equaliser which finally came on forty minutes when Babilinski made up for the earlier error to fire home from a tight angle.
Leigh continued to create chances, and live dangerously at the back but no further goals were scored.
And so, for the second time in the competitions, Athletic faced the dreaded penalty shoot-out.
No dramas this time though. Kerim Jones, Bradley McColl, Babilinski and Grady Mountford all converted. Holmes made two saves. 4-1 the lottery result.
STARTING LINE UP: Craig Holmes; Matt Rogers, Daniel Babilinski, Kerim Jones; Grady Mountford, Tom Scott, Tom Sims, Matthew Babilinski, Elliot Patrick; Joshua Brennan, Thomas Babilinski
SUBSTITUTES (Used): Bradley McColl, Adam Jones
MAN OF THE MATCH: Daniel Babilinski