A game that had everything today and it was a great advert for the summer league. Waterloo have been placed in division 1 for next season so there should have been a big gulf in class between the teams and maybe after the first half that's how it looked.
Heyside got off to an unusually slow start and were on the backfoot for most of the first 30 minutes with nobody being able to get a foothold in the game,passing was sloppy and chances were few and far between,the problem was giving the ball away too cheaply and thus finding ourselves 3-0 down and it could have been 4 but for Waterloo missing a penalty,not too long after Heyside also got a penalty with Connel being upended in the box but couldn't convert the chance to get us back in the game. Credit where credit was due as Josh Liam and Adam really tried hard but to no avail.
Half Time - Heyside 0 Waterloo 3
Changes had to be made and positions altered and the lads were told that they really had to go out and give it 200 percent to make amends for the poor showing, and they did just that stunning a shell shocked Waterloo defence with a blitz of quick goals.
First was Daisy(making her debut)getting onto the end of a smart cross from the right wing to get ourselves back into the contest. The second went in within seconds of the first as a similiar move from the right and Connel was there to slot the ball home. No time to draw breath and in went a third with a carbon copy of the second goal and again it was Connel bagging once again.
This had to be the best comeback that has been witnessed for a long time and everyone was giving every last ounce of energy to create the winner,and was all so close with Connel once again nearly grabbing it.
Our hopes were dashed though as Waterloo scored the winner late on, it was harsh but it was a lesson learned due to the poor first half.
Full Time - Heyside 3 Waterloo 4
Overall Waterloo deserved their victory today but it proves we can punch above our weight if everybody works together,keep performing well and the results will speak for themselves.
The toughest test is to come next Saturday against the already Summer League Winners Curzon Ashton who have gone undefeated in nine games, with such a great bunch of lads that we have and also a few returnees from holiday I am sure that they won't be fazed one bit and show that the 9-1 loss weeks ago was a one off and the tables can be turned.
Billy Joyce - Not much he could do with the 3 goals conceded,played in defence in the second half and gave the team a bit of spark that was missing.
Jack Dowd - Given the runaround with the tricky winger and probably had his toughest game to date.
Josh O'Neil - Got through a tremendous amount of work and was courageous in every tackle he made,hope he has a few ice packs at home.
Jayden Elson - Another one who came under alot of pressure from the right winger but stuck at it.
Liam Brown - Rose to the challenge well and his energy shone through all game,kept going right to the bitter end.
Luke Casey - Crowded out when in possesion and tried hard to find that killer pass,helped out in goal in the second half and was very brave at times.
Adam Ford - When switched to the right wing he ran the defence ragged and set all three goals up his pace was blistering at times.
Connel Mallon - Could have come away with a hat trick today but his hot streak continues with a couple of well taken goals...that's 7 in 9 games for him.
Connor Knowles - Some good touches but needs to get involved more in the game.
Daisy O'Neil - Nice debut and looked shocked when she scored...hope your Dad kept his promise on giving you a well deserved reward £££.