MAGHULL under-9s produced what was arguably their poorest displays of the season at the weekend – yet still claimed a 6-1 victory over the Seahorses.
Maghull were the better team in the opening period and should have been out of sight in the first-half with chances falling for Thomas, Warwick, Howard and Church which were all spurned.
The side knocked the ball round well in the first 10 minutes of the encounter and created enough chances to put the game out of sight but the final ball was letting Maghull down.
They were not aggressive enough in front of goal.
With Maghull committing men forward, gaps were left in defence and only solid defending by Harris, Reid and de Asha kept the opposition at bay.
Kirby was sweeping up behind them and her distribution and confidence was exemplary.
Maghull won a corner on the right and Howard put in a great cross which Church headed home.
Maghull then started to look comfortable; chances came and went but the team just did not look composed or confident enough to add to their tally until Howard made it two after bursting through the defence.
The Seahorses then pulled a goal back after Maghull fell asleep on the right side and a low cross was struck home.
At half-time Maghull held a slender 2-1 advantage.
The second-half started the same as the first with the game being played largely in the opposition half but again Maghull played with their heads down and were holding onto the ball way too much.
Changes were made and this seemed to spark a flurry of goals with Thomas having a field day on the right.
West and Church were winning the battle in the centre of the park and feeding Lewis-Smith each time.
Lewis-Smith was having chances every time he had the ball and scored two in this time as well as Church completing his hat trick.
Credit to Seahorses – they were still coming at Maghull, looking for goals and naivety by the under-9s outfit allowed them to break through.
Kirby and an ounce of luck kept them out as Maghull won the clash 6-1.