Shoreline United 2 – 5 The Academy (Frontline)
Home Match: Carr Lane, Southport
Date: 31st August 2013
Match Report by: Alex Holdsworth
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Fresh faced and juvenile to the league, the new-boys on the block in Shoreline Utd have much to live up to and a long way to go at the first stage of the campaign in the third division of Merseyside Christian League.
Shoreline Utd Team
CB Alex Holdsworth
CM Tim Ashcroft
GK Tom Wyland
LB Rory Mckinon
RB Jack Marshall
CM Olaseindi Moses
CM Simon Cunningham
CAM George Holdsworth
CAM Simon Cottam
ST Daniel Henshall
Manager: Alex Holdsworth
Captain: Tim Ashcroft
The game started well for Shoreline who began to dictate with two goals toward the middle of the first half from George Holdsworth and Daniel Henshall.
A red card for Academy in the first half for continued and aggressive verbal abuse to the ref by one of Frontline Academy’s centre-halves who refused to believe that a blatant push in the back of our George should result in a spot kick, resulted in the booking. Mike Connolly the opposing manager had the sense to sub the defender who was unrelenting in his verbal attack on the referee and so were not disadvantaged by being a man down when the inevitable red card followed.
The half time whistle blew out across the pitch but not before the first goal of the season for Frontline hitting the back of shorelines net resulting in a 2-1 score at half time.
Frontline hit back in the second half with a vengeance and belief after their goal at the close of the first half. A wayward Shoreline midfield and ill prepared back line struggled with an onslaught of attacks which culminated in multiple mistakes and an increasing number of conceded goals. A lack of pre-season friendlies began to reveal the lack of experience for the squad and the holes that need patching up
The substitution of Daniel Henshall for Josh Moses did not have the desired affect resulting by the end of the game in just a few valiant attempts on goal for Shoreline. The score line ended 5-2 in favour of the visitors leaving the hosts with much to consider and work on for the next fixture.