Match Reports, 2005-06


NW Allied Trophies League, Premier Subsidiary Cup Final, Second Leg.
Thursday, 4 May 2006, at 6.45pm.


ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH (Red & white striped shirts, black shorts and red socks): 1.Stefan FIELDING, 2. Dean WHITE, 3. Ashley McGRATH, 4. Michael RISK, 5. Danny GRAY, 6. Astley MULHOLLAND, 7. Hassan ZAREH-OURANG, 8. Andy KEOGH, 9. Ben DEEGAN, 10. Matty WILLIAMS, 11. Anthony DAVIES. SUBS: 12. Tom BARCLAY, 14. Danny BROWNE, 15. Kieran RAYNES, 17. Rick CRAWFORD, 18. Zak HORROCKS (gk).

WOODLEY SPORTS YOUTH : 1. Damian HUGHES, 2. Matt TEASDALE, 3. Rick BELL, 5. Phil WOODBRIDGE, 12. John HUNT, 11. Scott HODGES, 10. Stuart HYNES, 4. Craig PENNINGTON, 14. Jon SAXON, 7. Ben HALFACRE, 9. Michael ATHERTON. Subs: 6. John ROURKE, 8. Kane SMITH, 15. Adam HUGHES, 17. Mark HASLAM.


Altrincham were without their captain Richard Gresty who picked up a ligament injury in Tuesday's first leg of this inaugural Subsidiary Cup Final, which they had won 2-1 at Woodley. But Matty Williams and Andy Keogh had recovered from their knocks to play tonight. Once more, an Alty youth team fixture had a delayed kick off as the match officials were delayed in arriving for this game. Finally, play kicked off 17 minutes after the scheduled 6.30pm start on a warm, sunny evening on a firm pitch at Wythenshawe Town.

Altrincham started well and, after two minutes, Williams just pipped the visitors' keeper to a ball from Deegan but, in doing so, was unable to stop the ball going out for a goalkick. Mulholland was soon impressing on the right for Alty and the home side won the game's first corner, through Deegan's persistence, after 7 minutes. But Woodley then threatened at the other end as Atherton threatened to get free but Gray did well to stop the Woodley striker. Soon, a similar Woodley threat up the middle was seen off by Risk. Alty replied with Deegan feeding Williams, but his shot hit the side netting from an acute angle (13 mins). Alty continued to have the better of a well contested game but Fielding had to be alert to smother a loose ball in the Alty box. For the third time, Woodley then threatened to get behind the Alty central defence but Atherton dragged his shot well wide from a good position (22 mins).

Alty soon had the ball in the net when Williams and Mulholland got the ball to Keogh inside the box. Keogh brought the ball down well but, before lashing the ball high into the roof of the net, he had pushed his marker and the effort was ruled out (24 mins). Alty's next good chance came from a good kick by Fielding which Deegan nodded to Keogh but his left foot effort rolled wide of the post (29 mins). But, a minute later, Alty did take the lead when Zareh-Ourang, Mulholland and Deegan linked well and though Mulholland's shot from right of goal was beaten out by the keeper, Zareh-Ourang smashed the loose ball into the net (30 mins). Three minutes later, from Keogh and Mulholland's approach work, Hassan Zareh-Ourang netted his second goal when he beat his marker cleverly in the box and planted the ball past the keeper into the net (33 mins).

A minute before the interval, Ben Deegan made it 3-0 when he got the better of Bell and lashed the ball into the keeper's left corner from at least 25 yards (44 mins). Alty were now leading 5-1 on aggregate but as the players went off for the interval, heavy rain started to fall.


At the interval Alty replaced the injured Ashley McGrath with Tom Barclay and the home side soon won two corners. The best effort of the early stages of the second half came when Davies's right foot shot from outside the box just cleared the Woodley bar (56 mins). Alty remained on top, with keeper Fielding having little to do, but when called into action he looked secure and distributed the ball well with long kicks and throws. The referee was not moved when Woodbridge went down in the Alty box and soon afterwards Alty won a corner at the other end. Taken by Davies from the right, the corner found Keogh near the back post and he hooked it to the nearby Gray who scored from close range to make it 4-0 (62 mins). At this point, Smith replaced Halfacre for Woodley (63 mins). Soon after this, Deegan was penalised and gave the referee a sarcastic clap. He received an inevitable yellow card (65 mins).

Mulholland almost scored for Alty when he arrived at the back post and drove a shot against the upright but he could not gather the rebound (67 mins). Alty now brought on Crawford for Williams up front and, at the same time, the referee booked a Woodley player for reasons that were not too clear. Alty continued to press and a fine ball from Deegan set Crawford free but he was fouled. Before the freekick was taken, Browne came on for Keogh in Alty's midfield (72 mins). The Woodley wall was nowhere near ten yards back from the freekick, on the edge of the box. Mulholland took the kick low, but without too much power and the ruse worked as Deegan stepped over the ball to allow Crawford to score from close range and make it 5-0 (72 mins).

Woodley now had an attempt at goal from wide right, 35 yards out, but this cleared the bar. They went closer after 79 minutes when Bell did well but he clipped his shot just over the bar. With the light rapidly failing Alty won a late corner following a defensive mix-up by Woodley but this came to nothing (88 mins). As the final whistle went, Alty had won their second cup competition of the season, if their victory as the Altrincham and District FA representative side in the Cheshire FA's District Cup is counted. They have two more Altrincham FC cup finals to contest in the next three weeks and despite a disappointing league season they are finishing the campaign on a high note, having now beaten the league title favourites three times in a month in cup competitions - though Sports won both the league encounters. After the match, in the fading light, the Altrincham team were awarded a shield to mark their victory.