A cold and crisp evening at Goals Chester began slowly with both Elite FC and Maelor High FC getting off to a sluggish start. Nonetheless, Dan Abbott displayed good movement to snatch the first goal on two minutes.
Unfortunately Chris Podolchuk failed to make the save and Maelor equalised less than a minute later.
Abbott linked up well with Dave Madeley to set up Josh Nicholls who made it two for Elite on five minutes.
Peter Duxbury was trying to create an opening, and his persistence paid off when he passed the ball to Dale Hart, back in the side after a couple of weeks’ absence, who finished the move on 10 minutes.
Podolchuk made up for his earlier slip with some good saves, getting low to the ground to deny Maelor an opportunity on 11 minutes and Hart was unlucky not to score his second a few minutes later.
Alex Gilfoyle was a tad overzealous and it cost him and his team as Elite conceded an own goal shortly before half-time. There was still time for a handball and another save from Podolchuk.
Half-Time: Elite FC 3 Maelor High FC 2
Maelor may have had a team talk because they came out for the second half with much more aggression and scored two goals in quick succession to take the lead.
Duxbury kept trying to redress the balance and hit the side netting before an ill advised slide tackle from a Maelor player gave Elite a penalty, which Madeley scored from the spot.
A frustrating passage of play followed where Elite enjoyed most of the possession but lacked a finished product.
Maelor took advance of a momentary lapse in concentration to sneak a fifth goal but conceded another penalty on the half hour mark.
Sadly the Maelor keeper saved Gilfoyle’s spot kick and, probably buoyed by the save, thumped the ball past Podolchuk for Maelor’s sixth.
Abbott, clearly annoyed at being on the losing side and quite vocal about it… decided to lead by example and showed his team mates how it’s done with a clean finish on 32 minutes.
Abbott then set up Gilfoyle to take Elite back to level-pegging.
Good defending from Paul Brunton initially stopped Maelor in their tracks, but they shot back with a well-worked goal minutes later.
Abbott decided if you want something doing, do it yourself, and pulled off a beautiful shot with the ball kissing both goal posts before finding the net.
Level at seven all, both teams were looking for a winner, but it was Gilfoyle’s well-struck free kick which was the eventual decider.
Full-Time: Elite FC 8 Maelor High FC 7
Man of the Match: Dan Abbott led by example, scored some stunning goals and injected his team mates with his will to win – almost ‘stupendous’ ; )