Cammell Laird in superb comeback victory

Following a very unlucky 1-0 defeat versus high-flying Wythenshawe Amateurs last Tuesday, Lairds entertained Maine Road FC in a very combative fixture that saw some excellent football and plenty of goals.

The fixture was preceded by a dignified one-minute silence in respect of those who lost their lives in defence of our nation, with Lairds players and management all wearing poppy armbands.

A bright opening saw Lairds in full flow and within eight minutes they took the lead as Ben Wood headed home a corner from Joe Downey, but slack marking on 20 minutes saw the visitors equalise through Francesco Frangillo.

Exchanges ensued as both teams fought for the upper hand and in the 31st minute Ben Wood doubled his tally with a diving header from a cross by Ben Kerr in a flowing move. However, there was a swift response by Maine as Ben Mooney levelled matters within minutes of the restart following a sending off that reduced Lairds to ten men, but the half time score remained 2-2.

Two minutes into the second half, Lairds fell behind as a sweeping move was finished off by Alex Rimmer as he put Maine ahead 3-2.

Without a doubt, this sparked the ten men to display a superb attitude and they deservedly drew level when Jay Harvey blasted home a penalty kick following a defensive blunder and Lairds then went in search of a winner as they pressed at every opportunity.

Substitutions brought fresh impetus to the home side and in the 90th minute, a great cross from Joel Ogiugo was placed home by the onrushing Joe Downey to seal an excellent 4-3 comeback victory for the Cammells.

Next up are South Liverpool in the Macron Cup on Saturday 19th November with a 3.00pm kick off which promises to be a very difficult fixture, so come along and support the lads.

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