Late surge by Lairds earns dramatic 2-2 draw

Following on from their excellent midweek away victory over Abbey Hey in the Edward Case challenge cup, in which they fought back from 1-0 down to an early goal and responded with a superb second half fight back as goals from Jay Harvey, Ben Speed, and Ben Summers gave them a deserved 3-1 victory.

Lairds then travelled to Abbey Hulton United for a league fixture on Saturday and opened strongly, only for efforts to be wasted on numerous occasions in the opening 25 minutes.

Then they were punished for some slack defensive play as Will Ebbrell was left helpless as Brad Wilson put United ahead and then poor marking eight minutes later saw Matthew Ward volley home a good goal to give the home team a 2-0 lead at the break.

As with the first half, Lairds opened brightly and Matty Beaman reduced the arrears within two minutes with a great effort.

They then dominated the second period with a great team performance as they made many chances but saw home keeper Zak Hill produce numerous saves before Jay Harvey levelled matters in the 70th minute with a fine finish.

Lairds continued to dominate in the latter stages, but poor finishing and more heroics from Hill resulted in a 2-2 score line and the points shared in a great game.

Mention must be made of the Lairds’ defence who repelled the few sorties thrown at them by United, but the teamwork rate deserved more than just one point.

The next game for Lairds is a home Wirral District FA cup tie versus West Kirby on Tuesday 19 with a 7.00pm kick off.

Lairds reserves didn’t have the same goal-scoring problem, as they beat Heswall U23s 6-3 to maintain their great start to the season as Kieran Hughes (2), Ben Crossley, JP Leasor, Adam Larway, and Luke Rollings bagged the goals and they remain 2nd in the division. They now play Capenhurst Villa Reserves next Saturday away at 3pm.

Lairds Youth overcame Neston Nomads in a 5-3 success as their goal prowess shone through yet again are are level top of the youth section and will hope to continue their great start when playing Runcorn Linnets away next weekend.

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