DROYLSDEN 2 – 4 MOSSLEY

EvoStik Northern Premier League – Division One (North)

Saturday 17 January 2015

by Gary Owen

                          

The Lilywhites stormed into a 3-0 half-time lead in this enthralling Tameside derby, and withheld a spirited, but ultimately insufficient, fight back from Droylsden to record a double over their local rivals.

Credit has to go to both teams for such an entertaining display in awful conditions, but Mossley’s win was based on avoiding the muddy midfield with clinical passes down the channels.

Although Mossley bossed the first half, it was Droylsden who recorded the game’s first shot on target when Ciaran Kilheeney cleverly chested the ball into the path of Andrew Fowler, who set Robert Doran for the shot, but Andrew Farrimond tipped over well.

However, the visitors soon took control when Sam Robinson played in the impressive Tom Pratt down the right, who teed up Porya Ahmadi for a tap in.

A similar passage of play found Ahmadi free at the far post, but as he turned back towards goal, Ally Brown hauled him back, with Robinson converting the resultant penalty.

The third goal arrived when Robinson got away, again down the right flank, to feed Ahmadi for his brace.

Ex-Blood Ahmadi went close to grabbing his hat-trick, but he shot over after Russell Saunders had won the first chase for the ball, and Farrimond again saved well, this time from Alberto Cortes, but Mossley were good value for their lead.

The Bloods pressed hard after the break, especially after a triple substitution by Dave Pace just before the hour mark, and they did pull a goal back when Ben Deegan rose to head past Andrew Farrimond with fifteen minutes to go.

Steve Hall then made it 2-3 with a confident finish on 81 minutes, and the comeback looked on.

However, that all changed with three minutes remaining, in a classic example of how the game can, at times, be a little cruel.  Referee Elizabeth Simms chose to blow for a free kick when Droylsden had a good advantage.  Shaun Myler took responsibility for Droylsden from 25 yards, but his free kick struck the bar.  As the ball fell loose, Kilheeney felt he was fouled and Ms Simms put the whistle to her lips, but did not blow, leaving Mike Fish to break away for Mossley, and after he had left  Hall in his wake, the experienced striker fired a beauty across his former team mate Saunders to secure the points and signal great celebrations from the travelling support.

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