1874 U21’s travelled over to St Helens last Sunday to take on St Helens Town U21’s.
With the teams only being separated by 4 points and having played the same number of games a close encounter was expected.
1874 had the better of the early encounters and after only 5 minutes had a great chance to take the lead when Jordan Henry failed to capitalise on a 1 v 1 against the St Helens keeper. With quarter of a hour gone Owen Farrell found space and let fly with a 30 yard shot which came back off the crossbar but Henry from 6 yards out put his header wide. Were 1874 going to be made to pay for missing these two chances, yes. Following a St Helens corner just before half time the ’74 defence cleared the first ball but it fell to an unmarked St Helens player whose shot which was going wide but then hit a defender and was deflected past Tom Cooksey in goal. Half time 1-0 to St Helens.
1874 came out attacking following the break. Jake Ratcliffe made a great run down the left wing, played a great ball across into the penalty spot, Joe Clark unmarked, got under the ball and scooped his shot over the bar. Both wingbacks were now causing St Helens problems Cal Hoare next providing a great ball into the back post but the ball was cleared for a corner. A further chance went begging with Clark unable to find the final touch in front of goal. 74’s final chance to try and grab an equaliser was when Declan Mcgloin went on a solo run got behind the defence forced the keeper to make a good save but there was no 1874 player to follow up. St Helens had been coping with the threat posed by 1874 and they got the second goal which killed off the game deep into added time. A St Helens midfielder was allowed to skip past three 1874 players and despite being held off managed to get a shot away which deflected off Farrell and looped over Cooksey’s head. Final score St Helens 2-0 1874.
1874 were the better side at 0-0 but having missed the two good chances which may have put St Helens out of sight the opposition went on to control the game and deserved their 2-0 victory.
Team Tom Cooksey, Ethan Campbell, Owen Farrell (c), Dan Goodwin, Callum Hoare, Jake Ratcliffe, Connor Arrowsmith, Hisham Jamil, Will Jones, Joe Clark and Jordan Henry. Subs Declan Mcgloin (replaced Henry at HT), unused Ryan Millington.
The loss leaves 1874 8th in the table with our next fixture this Sunday away at 4th placed Southport.