Elite returned to winning ways with a storming 19-1 win over Aces FC at Goals Chester last Tuesday. The difference in the team’s attitude and application was there for all to see and resulted in an almost unstoppable onslaught. The only regret Elite may have is that they were unable to keep a clean sheet despite keeper Chris Podolchuk’s best efforts.
The Aces players had good feet but looked like they were used to playing 11 aside and couldn’t quite get to grips with the restrictions of the smaller pitch and intensity of the 5 aside game.
And Elite were clearly determined to put their defeat to Connor Salmon behind them, with Alex Gilfoyle forcing a save from the Aces keeper after just 18 seconds, before going one better and opening the scoring with a left-footed shot from close range.
At the other end, three attempts on Elite’s goal didn’t trouble Podolchuck.
Josh Nicholls saw his shot blocked and Dan Abbott also tested the keeper twice in quick succession with a high shot and a cheeky back heel.
The Aces keeper performed well under pressure and was called into action again to stop Dave Madeley a few minutes later.
But Madeley would not be denied and found the bottom corner following good work from Abbott and Nicholls to double Elite’s tally on six minutes.
Abbott got himself on the scoresheet less than a minute later and Paul Brunton forced a save from the increasingly busy Aces keeper.
Coming up to the 10 minute mark and Brunton allowed himself to be ‘megged’ as Nicholls stroked the ball home. Not resting on his laurels, Nicholls followed up a team mate’s rebound to grab a poachers goal, making it five for Elite.
Aces kept trying to pull a goal back but Podolchuk and Elite’s defence continued to resist their advances.
Elite’s sixth goal was an absolute peach, Brunton showed excellent control and composure to hold up the ball then produced a cool, calm and collected finish.
Madeley scored again on 12 minutes before Aces finally penetrated the Elite defence to score their only goal of the game.
Brunton wanted more and hit the side netting before last week’s man of the match Pete Duxbury found the net on 14 minutes.
Gilfoyle was suffering from his own poor judgement and should have passed the ball rather than gone for goal, but on the whole Elite were working as a team having clearly learned lessons from their defeat to Connor Salmon FC the previous week.
Abbott’s beautiful finish made it 9 for Elite and Podolchuk made himself big to stop Aces scoring to make it 9-1 at half-time.
Half -Time: Elite FC 9 Aces FC 1
Gilfoyle was working hard and was rewarded with a flukey goal in off the Aces keeper’s legs, before showing great skill to chip the ball between two Aces players and score minutes later.
Abbott showed phenomenal work-rate but couldn’t quite get his shot off, and Brunton came agonisingly close but saw his shot rebound off the far post.
Duxbury made it 13 on 25 minutes, but Gilfoyle was too casual in front of goal once again and his lackadaisical attitude cost him and his team.
Dux arched a long-range effort home on 27 minutes to complete his hat-trick and Madeley scored again with a curling shot.
Gilfoyle was still trying to walk the ball into the net but there was no denying the skill of his back-heeled, side-footed shot on 33 minutes.
Abbott and Nicholls chipped in with another quick and easy goal apiece, before Brunton scored a second stunning goal and Nicholls rounded off another stirling performance with his fourth goal of the evening, following up after the Aces keeper saved Abbott’s shot.
Full-Time: Elite FC 19 Aces FC 1
Man of the Match: Another comprehensive team display which featured some great individual moments, Josh Nicholls stood out, but Paul Brunton’s two stunning goals and confident performance make him a deserving winner.