ELITE FC 12 TOM MCPHALIN FC 4

Elite continued their winning streak with a 12-4 victory over Tom McPhalin FC at Goals Chester on Tuesday evening.

Dave Madeley opened the scoring after just sixteen seconds, setting the scene for a what was eventually a comprehensive victory.

Dan Abbott made it two, slotting the ball into the bottom left corner with ease with barely three minutes gone. Tom McPhalin’s goalkeeper was then kept extremely busy, denying Abbott, Madeley and Alex Gilfoyle in the opening stages.

Tom McPhalin had two quality players, one of whom scored on six minutes, before Abbott managed to squeeze the ball under the TM keeper for Elite’s third on 8 minutes.

Tom McPhalin scored again  on 11 minutes, before Elite got their act together and regained control with Peter Duxbury chipping the keeper.

At the other end Chris Podolchuk was performing well in Elite’s goal and made some impressive saves to deny Tom McPhalin’s dangerous duo.

A beautiful arcing shot from Dave Madeley gave Elite their fifth, before Abbott side-footed home from the edge of the area.

But it was Tom McPhalin who scored the final goal of the half, their two best players linking up once again to wrong foot Podolchuk and slide the ball home.

Half-Time: Elite FC 6 Tom McPhalin FC 4

Elite played much better in the second half, neutralising the threat of Tom McPhalin’s two best players and putting pressure on the other players. Podolchuk had support in goal with excellent defending from Gilfoyle and Dan Abbott’s physical presence.

Speaking of Abbott, Elite’s powerhouse player was on fine form once again and scored two goals close to the half hour mark, after some fantastic build-up play from Madeley.

Abbott came agonisingly close to getting his hat-trick and Gilfoyle was unlucky not to find the net after a save from his initial shot rebounded off the post and out of play.

Duxbury picked up the baton and scored twice, the second being a cheeky little chip which left the Tom McPhalin goalkeeper stranded.

A change of keepers for Tom McPhalin didn’t improve the side’s fortunes and when Gilfoyle passed to Dale Hart, his audacious back-heel caught the new keeper on the hop, prompting him to help the ball into his own net.

Gilfoyle was determined to get himself on the scoresheet, and while it wasn’t to be, he made the right decision to pass to Hart after hitting the side netting.

Hart’s well-struck shot sealed Elite’s win with three minutes of the match remaining.

Full-Time: Elite FC 12 Tom McPhalin FC 4

Man of the Match: Although Duxbury got a hat-trick and Abbott scored five, the quality of Dave Madeley’s brace and his impact on the game made him Elite’s man of the match.

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