THOSE 500 football supporters who avoided the beach and chose football on a sunny August Bank Holiday Monday were rewarded in a memorable local derby.
Skelmersdale dominated the first 42 minutes, had a clear goal disallowed and were thwarted by Marine goalkeeper Callum Williams.
In the remaining three minutes Marine struck twice, once with a penalty, the other with a “worldy” of an effort to lead 2-0 at the interval.
Marine played a lot better after half-time but Skelmersdale forced their way back, once with a cracking strike then the equaliser deep into added time coming from the United goalkeeper Zac Hibbert.
In the 28th minute a Burnett cross was kept away from Hughes and a corner conceded by Marine. Holt’s corner found Dale Wright on the far post and his downward header beat Williams, the keeper stretched out a hand and clawed it back from inside his net. Skelmersdale celebrated a goal, but none was given, Referee’s Assistant Derek Brannick amazingly didn’t raise his flag.
Marine countered in the 45th minute, Joe Fowler was fouled by Peter Wylie and a penalty given that was converted by Fowler himself.
Than as if to rub salt in the Skelmersdale wounds the ball dropped to Dean Astbury in added time and he hit a world class dipping volley into the Skelmersdale net from 30 yards.
In the 55th minute Skelmersdale got a goal and it was a good one too. Hughes cut in from the right but was faced with a brace of defenders, Wright saw this and ran in screaming for the ball, Hughes found him and the midfielder blasted a shot low into the bottom corner.
Seven minutes of added time was announced, much of it because of the injury to Hughes.
With three minutes left Skelmersdale won a corner and this yellow vision (Zac Hibbert) romped forward, but before he got into position the kick was taken, the ball headed out to the edge of the penalty area, from where Hibbert met it three feet off the ground with a thunderous volley that launched Skelmersdale into ecstasy.