Thanks to Dave Chall for this match report.
St Andrews Netherton and Moneyhull played out an entertaining top of the table clash and it was Moneyhull who started the better team as St Andrews looked nervous during the opening few minutes of the game. Moneyhull capitalised on some indecisive defending down the right hand side to take the lead early on, the goal coming from a squared pass accross the 6 yard box and a simple tap in. Going 1 down seemed to spark the home team into life and St Andrews started to take control, looking assured defensively and more threatening going forward. The equaliser came from a ball into the box that fell to the feet of Fran Rizzo who initially couldn’t get the ball out of his feet to apply the finish only to have his legs taken by the Moneyhull Goalkeeper at close range. The penalty was confidently dispatched by Chris Hunter who hit the ball powerfully down the centre of the goal. St Andrews continued to look dominant and missed some chances to take the lead, the Moneyhull keeper pulling off a string of saves to keep it 1-1. St Andrews took the lead following a through ball to Ben Davies who broke from deep and rounded the keeper, it looked like Ben had taken it slightly wide but Richard Thomas-Robinson was nearby to slot the ball into the empty goal. The third came near the end of the half as a corner was not cleared by Moneyhull, the ball dropped to Mike Husbands on the right hand side of the box who did some good work to pull the ball back to Ben Davies to hit the ball low into the bottom right of the net from around 10 yards out. HT 3-1
After the break Moneyhull again started the better team and put the hosts under pressure but were not able to claw a goal back. St Andrews settled in to the second half and continued to create more chances through a mix of patient build up play and direct balls in to the channels for wide players to chase but couldn’t get the fourth goal. St Andrews scored another goal from a free-kick by Chris Hunter that was headed back across the goal and tapped in from close range but this was dubiously disallowed due to a tight offside decision. St Andrews used their squad’s strength in depth and made changes as the half went on and one of those substitutes Jack Guy did manage to score the fourth with a composed finish into the right corner. St Andrews worked an excellent move down the right hand side and the ball was pulled back to Jack Guy who dealt with pressure from the Moneyhull defenders to power the ball into the roof of the net. Moneyhull pulled another goal back late on, the ball fell to their attacker 20 yards out who hit a good strike that was well saved by Aaron Collins however Moneyhull’s striker was the first to react and passed the ball into the net.