Maclay Football Club

Match Report

Match Report - 28 Sep 2014, Maclay Football Club 2015 lost to Pioneer Reserves


Strange and unexpected things happen in football – which is possibly why it is the world’s greatest sport.

Maclay coasted to a three nil lead at half time in this league cup match. Pioneer worked and tackled hard but Maclay looked dangerous every time they mounted one of their many attacks.

Maclay’s opening goal was a real beauty. Debutant Dean Gavin mesmerised the Pioneer defence on the right hand side of the box then crossed for PAT HANLON to perfectly volley the ball into the net. 1-0 after only six minutes. Pioneer fought back well but Maclay punished them again on the half hour mark when DEAN GAVIN beat the keeper with a neat shot. Things were even more comfortable ten minutes later when Maclay captain YUSEF SEODI neatly converted a penalty after Gavin was tripped in the box.

Maclay made three substitutions at the break to ensure everyone got a decent run out. This didn’t seem to alter things as Dean Gavin crashed a header off the Pioneer crossbar within seconds of the re-start. What happened next was perhaps a sign of things to come…
Pioneer immediately hit Maclay on the break and scored a goal in what was still only the 46th minute. Pioneer then hit Maclay for a second goal in the 57th minute after another breakaway. Play proceeded to move from end to end but Maclay still had most of the possession and play.

The last few minutes were difficult as unfortunately both Bonney and Gavin had to be withdrawn from the game as a result of injures then Jack O’Connor had to come off too. The Maclay team still seemed to be okay until Pioneer equalised in the 87th minute. Momentum then really moved to Pioneer and they quickly finished off a dejected Maclay team with two stoppage time goals.

Maclay had six players making their first appearance of the season so defeat in this league cup game needs to be put into perspective. Lessons will be learned for the next match.

DEAN GAVIN won Man of the Match with Connor O’Connor a worthy runner up.

Maclay Football Club 2015 3 - 5 Pioneer Reserves ()

Name Goals Details
1 Gordon ALEXANDER   Reserve
2 Calum ALEXANDER   Not available - away
3 Matt ASHBY   Not available - away
4 Tom BEVAN  
5 Henry BEXSON   Not available - away
6 Karl BONNEY  
7 David BRYAN  
8 Peter BRYAN  
9 Jason BURT   Not available
10 Adam COWLAND   Not available - away
11 Ant CRITCHFIELD   Not available
12 Stan CRITCHFIELD   Not available
13 Cameron ELLIOT   Not available
14 Bevan GOSLING   Not available - away in Ipswich
15 Jack GRIFFITHS   Not available as not re-signed
16 Martin HANLON  
17 Patrick HANLON   1
18 Sam HAUCK   Not available - away
19 Matthew HAYES   Not available
20 Chris HEATH   Not available - away
21 Saif HIJJAWI   Not available - injured
22 Hus HODJA   Not available - away
23 Mus HODJA   Unused sub
24 Salih HODJA  
25 Nat HOLZMANN   Not available - away
26 Joe KEATING  
27 James MANNERS   Not available - working
28 Tony MASELLA   Not available
29 Gordon MASON   Not available
30 Callum MILES   Not available - away
31 Ben O'CONNOR   Not available - injured
32 Jack O'CONNOR  
33 George PARKER   Not available - away
34 Matt PEARSON   Not available - away
35 Robert PRUNTY   Not available - injured
36 James REAR   Not available - away
37 Dan RENNISON  
38 Joey RENNISON   Not available - away
39 Corey RIVERS  
40 Joshua ROBERTS   Not available
41 Jesse CLARKE   1 Penalty
42 Tom DYKE   Not available - away
43 Jack WIGGS   Not available - away
44 Hasan AYSAL   Not available
45 Josh HART   Not available - away
46 Calvin LENNOX   Not available
47 Conor O'CONNOR  
48 Dean GAVIN   1
49 Paul BACKHOUSE   Not available
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