A frantic game full of turbulent passages of play ended 7-6 when Elite met Maelor High at Goals last Tuesday.
Elite were missing regular players, including captain Dale Hart who has been absent for the past two weeks, but compensated by bringing in Dechlan Jarrett and Pete Last.
Maelor High opened the scoring in the first minute, but it didn’t take long for Elite to recover with Sean Payne linking up with Josh Nicholls to equalise seconds later.
Elite then took the lead, again through Payne, whose shiny new shooting boots were proving difficult to stop!
It was end to end play for the next few minutes, with Maelor hitting the post and forcing some full stretch saves from Elite keeper Chris Podolchuk, and Paul Brunton and Dave Madeley working Maelor’s keeper.
Nicholls has been instrumental in so many of the teams goals in recent weeks, so it was great to see him break his duck and hit the net after just three minutes.
And Nicholls wasn’t finished yet, setting up Paul Brunton for Elite’s fourth in the seventh minute.
Maelor hit back, forcing Podolchuk to save with his feet, and they were denied once again a few minutes later when a shot hit the crossbar.
But the visitors’ persistence paid off as their next shot went in off the post.
Another Maelor goal was disallowed shortly after as the ref had already blown the whistle, and it didn’t take Elite long to add to Maelor’s misery with Alex Gilfoyle continuing his recent scoring streak, slotting home on ten minutes.
Maelor’s handball resulted in a free-kick for Elite, but despite a great passage of build up play, noone could quite convert.
Nicholls must have thought he was on for his second but the Maelor keeper was equal to the task and the Maelor counter-attack produced their third goal as some misdirection left Podolchuk completely unprotected in the Elite goal.
Half Time: Elite 5 Maelor High 3
Once again Maelor started the brighter of the two teams and scored in the first minute of second half. Podolchuk saved another attempt, but couldn’t prevent Maelor adding two goals to their tally in as many minutes.
Gilfoyle went close soon after, but saw his shot creep inches wide on 28 minutes.
The addition of Dechlan Jarrett changed the momentum of the game and produced some fantastic passages of play with Gilfoyle. Frustratingly most of the moves they put together came to nothing, but just as it looked as if Elite might have thrown it away Jarrett found his feet and produced two goals in as many minutes, the latter a stunning shot, to crush Maelor’s hopes and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
Full Time: Elite 7 Maelor High 6
Man of the Match: Dechlan Jarrett. Jarrett came off the bench and changed the game, and his winning goal was pure poetry.
Next up it’s Tom McPhalin FC, let’s hope Elite can continue their unbeaten run!