Calday U16 8-3 West Derby U16

The year 11 football team were aiming for the third round of the ESFA Cup on Thursday afternoon as they took on West Derby in Bidston.

The game had a frantic start, both teams having great opportunities to open the scoring. Calday hit the woodwork and missed two golden opportunities in the first ten minutes, whilst the visitors dragged a shot wide of the post.

In the twelfth minute, the men in maroon took the lead. Allport was felled on the edge of the area, and the captain stepped up to take the resulting free-kick. The ball looked to be heading into the bottom corner, before the West Derby keeper made a fine one-handed save to his left. However, Dancey was ready to pounce, as he smashed the rebound into the roof of the net.

Calday gained confidence from the goal, and were soon 4-0 up, as Allport bagged two fine goals and Brocklehurst coolly slotted home from inside the box after turning onto his left foot to out-fox the West Derby defence.

Shortly after, Dancey, who has made the step up from year 10 to year 11 football with aplomb, scored his second of the afternoon to take the lead to 5.

Despite solid defensive performances from the Calday back line, notably Harris and Aristodemou, the away side from Liverpool scored their first of the game with a very well-taken strike from twenty-five yards out.

Not to be taken aback by the goal, Calday continued to push forwards, and went into the break 6-1 ahead. Allport scored his third of the game and seventh of the season, leading the line for the home side with expertise.

Calday made four changes at the break, whilst West Derby changed their tactics in pursuit of an unlikely comeback, pushing four players up into their attacking line. Consequently, Calday had more space in the final third, and Blackie took advantage, scoring a well-deserved goal after having caused the West Derby defence problems all afternoon.

The scoring continued, and it was 8-1 midway through the second half. Coming back from a long-term injury earlier this year, Lane was delighted to bag his first goal since his return.

At this point, Calday took their foot off the gas a little, and the away side claimed two goals late on, resulting in an 8-3 final score.

All sixteen players involved deserve great credit for their fine performances. We now proceed into the third round, facing either The Heath School or The Elton High School next week. Aristodemou was awarded the MOTM award with his excellent performance in central defence.

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