Matchday Programme pdf
1. Dale Latham
2. Jack Grundy
3. Kain Dean
4. Jordan Butterworth
5. Declan Evans
6. Devon Matthews
7. Levi Phillips
8. Kane Hickman
9. Andy Keogh (c)
10. Mason Fawns
11. Harry Pratt
12. Bailey Marsden (for 10 - 74)
14. Will Shepherd (for 7 - 77)
15. David Kuba-Kuba (for 9 - 59)
16. Paul Riley (unused)
1. Dermot Mee
2. Sean Higgins
3. Jack Sloan
4. Astley Mulholland
5. Ross Davidson
6. James Neild
7. Matty Barlow
8. Jack Dorney
9. Max Hazeldine
10. Connor Hughes
11. Matty Morgan
12. Darius Palma (unused)
14. Mike Burke (for 9 - 74)
15. Adam Rooney (unused)
16. Alfie Belcher (for 7 - 52)
17. Isaac Lopez (for 8 -56)
Referee: William Cavanagh
A first half brace by team captain Andy Keogh and a second half Dec Evans penalty were enough to beat rivals Trafford in what was a thrilling game under the Seel Park lights on Tuesday evening.
Fifth placed Mossley versus third placed Trafford was a game set up to be a cracking fixture, and so it proved.
Mossley were excellent in the first half, playing some great high tempo football, often switching the game from side to side with some superb angled passes from a variety positions and constantly probing and stretching the Trafford defence.
The Lilywhites bossed the midfield with Fawns, Butterworth and the beyond outstanding Kane Hickman in great form.
Keogh led the line superbly, with able support from Harry Pratt and Levi Phillips, whilst at the back Mossley were yet again rock solid when the previously unbeaten Trafford counter attacked dangerously.
Territorially the game was mostly compressed in the Trafford half, the visitors forced to sit deep and play on the counter, which looked to be their best option with some lively forwards on show.
Defensively Trafford stayed strong for the most part but many of their clearances ended up as Mossley throw-ins as the Lilywhites denied Trafford by closing down space quickly and winning some great midfield challenges.
Despite the Lilywhites’ general control of the game they struggled to create actual goalscoring chances in the opening half hour while Trafford were able to test Dale Latham as the Mossley stopper was forced into a couple of good saves to deny the dangerous Matty Morgan.
The Lilywhites finally got the reward for their hard work on 32 minutes. A left wing corner was won and Mason Fawns flag kick was brilliantly flicked home by the head of skipper Andy Keogh who climbed superbly as he attacked the at the near post.
Levi Phillips was next to show for Mossley as he beat his marker cutting in from the left and curled a great shot inches wide of the far post.
With half time imminent Mossley were again rewarded for their perseverance. Keogh got a shot away which was blocked into the path of Phillips who’s powerful shot was saved by Trafford keeper Dermot Mee and as Andy Keogh followed in the rebound a defender’s attempted clearance cannoned back into the net off the determined Mossley leader from close range to give the Lilywhites a two goal cushion at the break.
Trafford as expected, came out all guns blazing in the second half but it was Mossley who had the first chance as Keogh saw his effort saved by Mee.
Keogh unfortunately limped from the action with an ankle injury just before the hour mark with David Kuba-Kuba his replacement.
The loss of the Lilywhites talismanic leader seemed to give Trafford more impetus and the visitors ramped up the pressure on the Mossley goal, halving the deficit on 61 minutes as Belcher broke the Mossley line and Max Hazeldine rifled home.
After Phillips had curled another great shot narrowly wide, Mossley then had to defend a series of ‘soft’ Trafford free kicks as the Manchester club sensed they might yet get something from the game, but the Lilywhites defence put their bodies on the line to retain the lead doing so to great effect.
The game and the points were wrapped up with two minutes of the ninety remaining. Substitute Will Shepherd was upended as he raced into the Trafford box from the right wing and Dec Evans, by now wearing the captain’s armband, stepped up to smash home the resultant spot kick to great celebration from the once again impressive Mossley players and fans alike.
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