Malpas and Wythenshawe Town played out a 1-1 draw at Malpas Sports Club this afternoon, with the game played in swirling winds and heavy rain.
The hosts started the game the better side and had the game’s first chance just after kick-off when captain Aly Hughes disposed Joe Yarwood but saw his effort from 30 yards fly just wide of Ben Daniels post. They then won a corner on 4 minutes which saw Ollie Hailes picked out at the far post but his effort was well saved by Daniels in the Wythenshawe goal.
All the early pressure from the hosts paid off on 15 minutes when a ball was put into the penalty area from the right and bounced off Mo Indequi and beyond the helpless Ben Daniels to give Malpas the lead.
After the goal, Wythenshawe grew into the game and just after the half-hour mark managed to draw level. After Godfred Amankwaa broke out after a Malpas attack broke down he played Niall Rhodes in down the left and the Wythenshawe striker managed to hit the ball underneath the oncoming Connor Tinsley and into the back of the net.
Halftime: Malpas 1-1 Wythenshawe Town
It was Wythenshawe who began the second half the better side and on 49 minutes they had the ball in the back of the net, when Will Harney’s free kick from just inside the Malpas half went beyond goalkeeper Connor Tinsley and hit the back of the net but it was ruled out by the referee after he deemed another Wythenshawe player was in an offside position.
After the goal was ruled out the game became a very even affair with both teams struggling with conditions and the ability to create any clear-cut opportunities until Malpas’ Dan Lloyd’s inch-perfect ball found substitute Lee Parry and his lobbed effort beat Ben Daniels but went just wide of the upright.
On 78 minutes Wythenshawe had a chance of their own to snatch all 3 points when Jake Gregory picked out Niall Rhodes in the penalty area but he saw his effort well blocked by the Malpas defence but it fell to Socrates Martins but his effort went over the bar from inside the penalty area.
Late on both sides had terrific opportunities to win the game, the first falling to the hosts when a terrific counter-attack saw Aly Hughes find Parry unmarked in the penalty area and in front of goal but his effort went wide of Ben Daniels far post. Then just two minutes later Wythenshawe attacker Godfred Amankwaa picked the ball up halfway inside the opposition half and drove at the defence beating his marker in the process but his effort from the edge of the area went over the bar.
Fulltime: Malpas 1-1 Wythenshawe Town