MATCH REPORT: Manchester Central vs Walshaw Sports

Rampant Central score seven to brush aside Walshaw Sports on Saturday afternoon

Manchester Central make it 13 games unbeaten, as a hattrick from Dan Burns, a brace from Cory Knight and a rare goal from Daniel Parker secured an emphatic 7-0  victory at the Manchester College.

Central came into the game without injured striker Josh Frith, so started with Cory Knight and Dan Burns as the front two. Central knew they had to win the game to keep their title hopes alive.

Central started off the brightest with some good half chances without forcing the Walshaw keeper into action. Elvis Amoakwa and Dan Burns were causing the Walshaw defence problems from the get-go but couldn’t break them down initially.

The breakthrough came after twenty minutes, Dan Burns whipped in the corner, was headed into the goal by a Walshaw defender after pressure from Buba Sakiliba at the near post. This gave Central a deserved lead.

It could have been two minutes later as a deep free-kick from Paul Riley bounced over the heads of the Walshaw defenders into the path of Cyril Davies but he could only turn his effort onto the crossbar and out of play.

Central had a great chance to double their lead on 30 minutes as a big goal kick from Jupp, was flicked on by Marcello Arhin into the path of Dan Burns, he got to the by-line and tried to square it to Cory Knight in the six-yard box, but the ball was just behind him and Walshaw managed to clear it.

Another Paul Riley free-kick caused problems in the Walshaw box, with the keeper spilling the ball and Marcello chipped the ball to Elvis Amoakwa whos diving header went wide of the target.

Benn Jupp was called into action on the stroke of half time as a free kick from Walshaw was headed into the top corner, but Jupp got across to push the ball over the bar and out for a corner.

The second half started as the first half ended with Central having the majority of the possession, it didn’t take long for Central to double their tally. Dan Burns took a short corner to Steve Ledjon who turned a drove into the box, only to be dragged to the ground for a penalty. Dan Burns stepped up and coolly slotted it into the bottom corner to double Central’s lead.

Central added a third goal on 65 minutes when a poor free-kick was intercepted by Davies who found the feet of Dario Germano. Germano then played a 40-yard pass to Dan Burns who controlled it with his right and then chipped the keeper with his left to make it three-nil to Central.

Two minutes later and it was four-nil. Danny Parker’s header from a Walshaw throw-in found its way to Burn’s feet before he played a one-two with Marcello Arhin to send him through one on one. He rounded the keeper calmly before slotting into an empty net.

Four became five, ten minutes later as Cory Knight got himself back on the score sheet for the first time since his return from Prestwich Heys. Knight drove into the Walshaw half picking up the loose ball, before cutting back on the edge of the box and firing in a half volley which was too hot to handle for the Walshaw keeper, who could only push it into the side netting.

Daniel Parker was next to get onto the score sheet, as he found himself at the edge of the six-yard box and he volleyed the ball into the far corner to make it six-nil.

Walshaw found themselves down to nine men in a matter of minutes, firstly one player got sent off after an exchange of words between him and the referee. A minute later the Walshaw captain was also sent walking as he dragged Dan Burns up off the floor, so he received his second yellow and Walshaw found themselves with nine men.

The scoring was wrapped up in the 90th minute as Cory Knight doubled his tally for the day. Walshaw didn’t help themselves as their left back attempted to pass the ball to his keeper but instead, he found Cory Knight who rounded the keeper and slotted home.

A comprehensive victory for Central which sees them move up to fourth place on 47 points, nine points behind leaders Hindsford but with four games in-hand.

Have a listen to what manager Paul McGuire had to say about the result.

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