Elite FC 10 Phoenix Unathletic FC 5 – 4/2/141

Elite put the frustrations of last week’s defeat behind them and regained their form with a 10-5 win over Phoenix Unathletic when the two sides met at Goals Chester last Tuesday.

The home side got off to the best possible start when Alex Gilfoyle found the net after just 20 seconds.

The goal galvanised PU who drew level on three minutes, but it was a minor blip, and Dan Abbott restored Elite’s lead less than a minute later.

Elite were starting to enjoy themselves, perhaps recognising that PU were not quite up to scratch, and when Paul Brunton sneaked the ball between the PU keeper and the post with a lovely finish, it looked like it was going to be a fairly comfortable victory for Elite.

Some ‘unbelievable tekkers’ from Abbott – displaying both excellent ball control and a cool head – took Elite to five.

But credit to PU who managed to pull a goal back with a neat little tap-in on 13 minutes.

A frustrating passage of play then saw Elite’s Josh Nicholls and Abbott denied by the keeper, and Nicholls also hit the side netting.

And PU took advantage of Elite’s loss of concentration, scoring two goals in under a minute.

Some ‘motivational’ (and unprintable) comments from Danni Millington on the sidelines seemed to work though, and Sean Payne scored in the 17th minute to take Elite 6-3 up at half-time.

Half-Time: Elite FC 6 PU 3

PU started the second half determined to redress the balance and, despite a fine save from Chris Podolchuk in the opening minute, PU scored their fourth soon after.

Impressive technical ability from Dale Hart sadly led to nothing after a good block from a PU player. But Hart was rewarded with his only goal of the evening soon after.

Madeley followed suit and found the net with a fantastic individual effort following a jinky little run through several of the PU players on 28 minutes.

Elite were now scoring for fun, but attempting to outdo each other was not always conducive to grabbing goals, and Abbott completely over-egged the pudding and failed to hit the target just on the half hour mark.

Another good save from Podolchuk kept PU at bay and a stunning Payne goal, off a lovely back-heel assist from Madeley, effectively ended PU’s hopes of a reprieve.

A PU player did chip in with a well-struck consolation goal on 34 minutes, but it was game over and despite a decision going against them and lots of ineffectual faffing about in the box, Elite reached double figures when Abbott completed his hat-trick on 37 minutes.

Full-Time: Elite FC 10 PU FC 5

Man of the Match: Dan Abbott’s hat-trick made him an obvious contender, but in a game where many of his team-mates were, quite literally, hit and miss,  Dave Madeley shone and takes the honours.

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