Almond’s legs prevents Reds getting a winner

Garstang Reserves man of the match Dre Matichechia
Garstang Reserves man of the match Dre Matichechia

Garstang Res 1

Coppull United Res 1

Garstang Reserves drew 1-1 at home against Coppull United Reserves to remain unbeaten for the third game in a row.

The home side began on the front foot and were causing problems down the left flank early on with Jack pulling the ball back just behind Graham and then Panepinto blazing high and wide.

Thirteen minutes in, a Jack long throw was headed out to Dre Matichechia, his shot was saved by the outstretched leg of Coppull keeper Almond.

The keeper’s legs saved the day for the visitors two more times in a first half that was totally dominated by the home side.

Although it was goalless at half time it seemed only a matter of time before the hosts opened their account.

The second half began with Garstang dominating the pitch and when Panepinto found space on the right and crossed it to Graham it looked as though the deadlock would be broken but Almond’s legs denied another goal.

Three minutes later disaster struck, Curwen miss-kicked the ball to Vaisney and Coppull’s first chance ended up in the back of the net, 1-0.

On 75 minutes Ireland hit a great cross field ball to Carlo Matichechia who played the ball inside to brother D Matichechia who advanced into the box and planted a firm shot past the keeper for the equaliser.

Two minutes later the visitors hit a long free kick to the unmarked Vaisney at the far post. He headed the ball across to McDonald whose point blank header was somehow kept out by Curwen who redeemed himself for his earlier mistake.

Garstang pressed for the winner and in injury time Panepinto wriggled free and got off his shot but those Almond legs saved Coppull once again.

Josh Hanley came on late on to make his senior debut.

Garstang: Curwen, Roskell, Ireland, Miller, Swindlehurst, C Matichechia, A Matichechia, Taylor (Capt), Panepinto, Graham, Jack. Subs: Southward, Whittaker, Hanley