14 Jan 2018 in Match Reports
Cup disappointment this weekend for AFC Oldham as both the First and Second Team crash out of their respective competitions.
Moston United 5-2 AFC Oldham
For 70 minutes AFC Oldham matched their hosts in a game that turned fiery towards the end, but a red card and three late goals turned the tie against them.
League success all but guaranteed to be too much for AFC this season, the Wray Cup represented their last chance to win a trophy this season, but it was not to be, thanks to a strong home side and some questionable decisions by the official.
With the scores at 2-2 and AFC getting stronger and stronger as the game went on, Moston scored via a foul on ‘keeper Ryan Mawdlsey, as he was held back by an attacking player leaving an almost open goal for his teammate.
Everyone seemed to see it but the referee, who was unmoved, if that goal frustrated the visitors the fourth was a killer blow.
A long ball forward was turned into the net by the waiting Moston man, who appeared to be a good few yards offside.
Tempers blew over at that point, with defender Jack Keegan sent off for complaining to the ref, there was no coming back from there.
When the fifth came AFC were already beaten men, who deserved so much better than a defeat by this score line.
After the game Liam Ure was booked for dissent, his second yellow of the game, which means he will be suspended for the trip to Moston next week in the league.
AFC Oldham Second Team 1-2 Hargreaves (Bury)
AFC Oldham Second Team’s last chance of glory this season ended yesterday when they were beaten by a late strike, their dominant performance not enough to secure the win.
With a much changed team AFC went for a 4-3-3 formation, as they looked to attack and control possession against a side they were beaten 7-2 earlier in the season.
It couldn’t have started much worse for the home side though, their failure to clear the ball in the centre of the park lead to a sensational 30 yard volley catching ‘keeper Dan Fitzpatrick out.
That goal shocked Oldham, their confidence rocked early on, but they regained their composure and controlled the game from then on.
Kelvin Stevenson thought he’d equalised when his shot from out wise appeared to cross the line, the referee was unmoved though and the score remained 0-1.
As the first half rolled on AFC were more and more dominant, it paid off when an amazing move starting deep in their own half saw striker Gabriel Wiwolokv coolly finish past the onrushing ‘keeper.
It seemed they’d scored a second when Aaron McKenna had the ball in the back of the net, only to see the referee pulling the game back for a foul on Stevenson.
Half-Time came at the perfect time for the away side, who would’ve felt fortunate to still be level at the break.
Hard work from Third Teamers Aaron Taylor and Jordan Delves had controlled the midfield for a strong looking Oldham side, as they went out for the second half desperation began to start.
A loss of shape as the home side kept chasing the game, looking for that killer pass at every turn.
Chance after chance went by the wayside with the Hargreaves defence putting their bodies on the line to block the never ceasing onslaught and shots, the Oldham attacking line also found themselves called offside a number of times.
With only five minutes left on the clock heartbreak for AFC, as they continued to push forward they left space at the back.
A long ball forward was flicked on, leading to one on one with ‘keeper Fitzpatrick, who was unable to prevent the winner.
Next week sees AFC host Mellor Thirds, who going well in the league so far, the home side will be desperate to bounce back and pick up their first win of the season.