SSMFL,D2: Gallacticos defeat Mursley in hard-fought local derby

By Justin Daley

Mursley United travelled to MK Gallacticos on Saturday and were defeated 4-3 in a hard-fought game.

Manager Anthony Lands introduced new signing John Mulholland and the former Winslow United player-manager slotted into the middle of the back four.

John Mulholland

The home side were quickest out of the blocks and scored after ten minutes through Josh Douglas-Smith, although there was a suspicion of offside as the striker ran on to a through ball and slotted past Sam Jay.

Mursley looked to take a hold in the game and a terrific strike from Adam Bone crashed back off the bar with the keeper beaten.

Gallacticos extended their lead on the half hour as Douglas-Smith had time to control the ball and curl an effort past Jay from eighteen yards. He went on to add his third on the dot of half-time as he got away from the Mursley defence again and calmly slotted home.

Lands swapped himself for Lewis Delahaye at half-time and the visitors used their possession better. They scored with just over twenty minutes left as Peter McAnaspie ran onto a through ball and his firmly struck shot beat the home keeper before he could move. They added a second after a sustained bout of pressure as a Bone corner curled under the bar and into the net.

The hosts hit back immediately as a flowing move ended with Dahire touching home at the near post.

A frantic ten minutes ensued and, in injury time, a long deep cross from Simon Hodges cannoned back off the far post, hit the keeper and lodged in the net.

Mursley had one final chance, but Bone’s free kick from twenty five yards flew tantalisingly over the bar.

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