As the rain came down over Goals Chester last Tuesday, Elite FC got back to winning ways with a 17-6 demolition of Tom McPhalin FC.
Dave Madeley got the game off to a roaring start – scoring in the first minute with a lovely finish.
And when Alex Gilfoyle made it two, three minutes later the goals started pouring it. Sean Payne was back to his best and megged the keeper for his first, and Elite’s third of the evening.
Not to be outdone, Dan Abbott unleashed the power he’s known for, scoring a brace in the seventh minute.
Payne was unlucky not find the net again immediately after, following some great build-up play, but persisted and slotted home soon afterwards.
Tom McPhalin finally found a foothold into the game and pulled one back on nine minutes.
TM scored again a minute later but Elite couldn’t be quietened and this time it was Josh Nicholls who beat the keeper with a neat close-range effort.
TM scored their third soon after, but it was against the run of play and when Abbott’s cross fell beautifully for Nicholls he made it eight with 16 minutes gone.
A period of lovely football unfortunately came to naught as Madeley tipped the ball over the bar.
A mistake by the TM goalkeeper provided Gilfoyle with a tap-in into an open goal on 18 minutes.
TM scored their fourth as half-time approached but Madeley ended the first 45 how he started, scoring to take Elite to double figures, this time with a clever little chip over the keeper.
Half-Time: Elite FC 10 Tom McPhalin FC 4
Elite were not content to rest on their laurels, and Elite keeper Chris Podolchuk denied TM the chance to get back into the game with a fine save in the opening exchanges.
A mid-range effort from Paul Brunton started a flurry of goals, with two stunning strikes – the latter a Beckham-esque curling shot from the half-way line – from Payne taking Elite’s tally to 13 on 23 minutes.
Bursting with confidence, Payne then tried an audacious chip over the keeper which didn’t quite come off.
The TM keeper denied Madeley twice and Nicholls saw his goal disallowed (but later reinstated) on the 28th minute.
And it was Elite who conceded the next goal, as a TM player nut-megged keeper Podolchuk on 29 minutes.
Abbott tapped in from Nicholls assist to complete his hat-trick on 32 minutes and followed it up with a clean strike for Elite’s 16th two minutes later.
A wonder goal from Payne rounded off a virtuoso performance and when TM scored with a good strike in the dying seconds, it was little consolation for the opposition.
Full-Time: Elite FC 17 Tom McPhalin FC 6
Man of the match: Once again a good team performance in which Dave Madeley stood out. But Sean Payne took his performance to another level and was simply unstoppable.
Elite now need to win their final game of the season against Mignolet and rely on Maelor High Club FC losing in order to achieve promotion!
Come On Boro!