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REPORT Five-star Bloods thrash Atherton
Monday 11th December 2017 @ 09:57 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Atherton Collieries 0-5 Droylsden

‘It’s just like watching Brazil’ the Droylsden fans were singing at the end and while the weather was not quite matching the sentiment, the Bloods comprehensive display certainly did, demolishing an Atherton team with a passing display to match.

Two goals from Jamie Frost and Ciaran Kilheeney and a strike from Liam Caddick propeller the Bloods to sixth in the table.

Both teams had early chances in the first half, a poor clearance by Atherton keeper Adam Reid landed at the feet of Kilheeney in the final third of the pitch but his ambitious shot went wide while at the other end a Branagan clearance fell to Hardcastle, the Bloods keeper redeeming himself with a save before the ball was scrambled away.

It was the home team who then came close to scoring, skipper Cooke shot from inside the area hitting the outside of the post.

Droylsden though began to dominate and took the lead on twenty minutes, Luke Daly picking the ball up just inside the Atherton half, running to the edge of the area, his shot coming back off the post only for Jamie Frost to fire home the rebound.

Minutes before half time, Liam Caddick had a great chance to make it two, his strike though well saved by Reid.

Three goals in the space of seven second half minutes killed the game as a contest.

Man of the match Daly threading the ball through to Kilheeney for the striker to guide the ball past Reid on sixty one minutes and four minutes later, Liam Caddick’s shot from the right hand edge of the area was adjudged to have crossed the line by the referee’s assistant for a third before Kilheeney pounced again from inside the area to make it four on sixty eight minutes.

The Bloods were now bossing the game,substitute Steve Hall rejuvenating the midfield and causing problems for the Atherton defence and it was Hall who set up the game’s best goal, a driving run into the area and then back healing the ball to Jamie Frost who brilliantly lobbed the keeper to make it five with four minutes left.

Bloods fans were sent home happy seeing Domaine Rouse return after injury from the bench along with an appearance from striker Dimitri Tuanzebe finally making his debut after injury following his summer signing.

Report by Nigel Barlow