South shore u15 3 Poulton u15 3
Poulton recovered from three goals down to earn a draw in this amazing U15 Alpha clash at Collins Park.
Indeed, the Poulton side had chances to win it and Shore admitted they were hanging on for a point in the end.
It all started so well for Shore, who took the lead through Nathan Tolley.
It was 2-0 by half-time as Cameron Gourlay, younger brother of coach Nathan, fired a free-kick over the keeper.
And a routine victory appeared on the cards as Elliott Hammond added the third early in the second half, finishing a good passing move after Poulton couldn’t clear their lines.
We have come up from the B league as runners-up and cup winners but it’s a totally different league
But then the amazing comeback began, Louis Talarcyzk getting Poulton on the scoresheet with a penalty awarded for handball inside the box. Captain Joe Mountford’s move forward from the back was a telling factor as the visitors began to control the contest.
And they cut the deficit further when Sid Sullivan controlled a ball over the top and fired home.
And the Poulton revival was complete when Liam Gerrity finished a length of the field passing move.
There was still time for Poulton to pursue a winner, but they were denied by the woodwork, several last-ditch clearances and a disallowed goal.
Manager Adrian Manford hopes this is a turning point in their season.
He said: “I told the players at half-time that they needed to keep the ball better and they did just that.
“We have come up from the B league as runners-up and cup winners but it’s a totally different league.
“We know we have to work hard at this level and if we do that we’ll be all right. We win or lose as a team and that spirit is what we are all about.”
For Shore boss Gourlay, the hope is that Sunday’s result is a “reality check”.
He said: “It was a setback but we have started the season well and hopefully we’ll learn from this one.”