A bad-tempered rain-soaked game resulted in a dubious defeat and eventually a replay, when Elite took on Mirror, Signal, Malouda (the in-house team) at Goals Chester.

Elite set the pace, forcing a save from the MSM keeper in the opening exchanges, before Alex Gilfoyle got the ball rolling, breaking the deadlock after just four minutes.

Good skill from Dan Abbott made it two a minute later and Elite looked to be dominating the game.

But persistence from  MSM, and a couple of decisions falling for them, and MSM scored three goals in two minutes.

Both keepers were then called into action, with Chris Podolchuk making a fine save to deny MSM their fourth in as many minutes.

And Elite found a foothold in the game with a stylish brace from Paul Brunton taking the game to 12 minutes.

Not to be outdone, Abbott scored his second and third in quick succession and, thanks to some excellent defending from Dave Madeley, Elite went in at half-time 6-3 up.

Half-Time: Elite FC 6 MSM 3

It looked like it would be a comfortable (if extremely wet) evening for Elite, however MSM had other ideas and used the half-time break to bring on reinforcements – and, in a blatant disregard of the rules, wrangled some of the league’s best payers to join them.

Sean Payne and Madeley were both denied by impressive saves from the MSM keeper and Podolchuk kept MSM out at the other end.

But MSM’s super subs changed the game, and MSM had drawn level by the time the clock struck the half hour mark.

A dubious penalty then gave MSM the lead before well-timed interplay from Gilfoyle and Dale Hart pulled Elite level once again.

Gilfoyle then hit the post as both teams searched for a winning goal, but it was MSM who won the match, scoring twice more before the full time whistle.

Full-Time: Elite FC 7 MSM 9

Man of the Match: In a tempestuous performance Paul Brunton kept his head, defended well and scored two good goals.

Due to their breach of the rules, MSM have agreed to replay the match at Elite’s convenience.


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