Last-minute penalty sparks melee as City of Liverpool pull away from the relegation zone.
The first home game following the ‘Liverpool’ trademark debacle saw a dull affair for City of Liverpool. The away side started the better of the two sides having the ball in the City goal, however, they saw their effort ruled out for handball.
Ossett debutant Jeremie Milambo picked up a yellow card shortly before half time. However, a two-footed challenge on an Ossett man moments before had gone unnoticed by the referee. The first half drew to a close with neither side converting good chances.
City of Liverpool started the brighter of the two sides early in the second-half and should have taken the lead, firing the ball inches wide.
It was a debut to forget for Milambo. He received a second yellow card for a poor tackle on Hazlehurst and was dismissed.
City continued to pressure the Ossett keeper. The extra man had really put Liverpool on the front foot, peppering Souter’s goal.
The Ossett keeper had kept the away side in the game, pulling off a string of great saves. However, all his hard work was undone after he received a straight red for kicking out at City striker, Elliot Nevitt.
This gave away a penalty late on in the game. A scrap erupted and Ossett substitute Stockdill also received a straight red for trying to punch Jamie McDonald. This bringing Ossett’s red card tally to three.
Luke Denson calmly slotting home from the spot to give the home side all three points.
This win extends City of Liverpool’s points tally to 10, keeping them two wins clear of Pickering in bottom spot.
A match that will be remembered for the drama late on but displayed good football from both sides with either team feeling they had chances to win the game.
Praise must go to City of Liverpool captain Luke Denson. Who managed to keep his head in a very challenging situation. He was left waiting to take the penalty whilst the melee was dealt with and managed to score with the final kick of the game in front of the crowd 309 people strong.
The game had been City of Liverpool’s first since the court case that could have decided their future was revolved. Liverpool Football Club’s hopes of getting the trademark on the word ‘Liverpool’ would have seen the non-league club at the mercy of the European Champions.
The application was rejected, however, allowing the club to keep their name. Alan Moore, 24, from Bootle, said that the idea of a city name being trademarked was: “Ludicrous from them (Liverpool). I am delighted.”