SCORES ON THE DOORS
Match report vs Parkdale Sidac (Home)
Anthony took the captains armband for the day and was awarded a free kick midway through the first half after a good run. He picked himself up and was so unfortunate after seeing it hit the stanchion.
Linnets kept attacking and Oliver was unlucky to see his well struck shot cleared off the line.
Oscar continued his fine form showing great anticipation to get in front of the Parkdale winger to intercept the ball, dribble it forward and put in a good cross.
Parkdale had a few attacks of their own at the end of the half with Harry showing great handling in goal to keep them out - a great low save from a long range shot standing out in particular.
At the start of the second half, Harry took a throw in which Logan flicked on, Anthony chased it and put in a great challenge, with the ball falling to Logan in the area who was never going to miss the opportunity to open the scoring.
Parkdale did well over the next 10 minutes causing Linnets a few problems. Rhys made a few important saves and almost set a goal up with a long kick out of his hands.
Linnets got back on the attack with Luca taking on his marker down the wing before getting his shot away which was well saved.
In the final stages Linnets pushed forward bravely. Logan chased the ball in what looked to be a lost cause near the corner flag, but his Cruyf turn was superb and took him past the defender and into the area, he found Luca with his pass and letting the ball run onto his right foot Luca hit a powerful shot which flew past the keeper into the back of the net to cap a fine move.
Well done to both teams on such a close match.
Man of the match awarded to Logan for his overall performance in which he grabbed a goal and assist.
RUNCORN Linnets' under 12s Sunday Blue team progressed to the quarter-finals of the Chester and District Junior Football League Knockout Cup with an impressive 5-2 win against Victoria Cross Dynamos. They had to make do without two key players in skipper Luke Smith and assistant captain Daniel Lampkin but you would never have guessed it judging from the way the Yellows played, particularly in the second half.
Determined to keep their long winning streak going and to continue fighting for silverware on all fronts, Linnets gave their all from start to finish against dangerous opposition. They dominated the game and played some breathtaking football but the teams were level pegging at the half-time break. Linnets broke the deadlock when Jake Schwarze controlled Jake Hill's well flighted cross on his chest and directed it into the far corner with a sweet finish using the top of his trusty left peg. The visitors equalised when a dipping shot proved too hot for Linnets keeper Harvey Batters to handle. Jet-heeled Josh Senior put the Yellows back in front after latching onto Callum Turrell's pass down the side of the Dynamos' back three and left the defenders for dust before expertly slotting the ball low into the corner of the net. Victoria Cross were only posing problems from set pieces and one of them led to the ball being rifled into Linnets' goal at the far post seconds before the half-time whistle blew. Jake Hill went through on goal twice early in the second half. But despite missing the target on both occasions he kept his head up and set up the crucial third goal when the visitors' goalkeeper could only parry his fierce drive and Callum was on hand to sweep home the rebound. Callum repeated the trick soon after, with Josh claiming the assist with the initial shot on that occasion. The two players then combined again for Callum's hat-trick, with Josh putting him through on goal with a gorgeous outside of the right foot pass and the converted right winger arrowed a powerful strike in off the far post to take home the match ball. Linnets' makeshift defence played particularly well in nullifying Victoria Cross' giant number nine. Left back for the day Alfie Hayes and centre back for the day Jack Rigby performed heroically and deservedly shared the man of the match award.