Wednesday night’s game between Dallas City and Liverpool Warriors started a little edgy with both teams not giving much away in a tense early start. As the first half gathered pace, the away side started to dictate the play with lots of possession, which clearly frustrated the home side.
After a few long distance shots from City it was Liverpool who took the lead halfway through the first half. An out swinging cross from Brendan Lee was met by Idi Camara, who at the second attempt bundled the ball into the home side’s goal to the delight of the team and Liverpool’s bench. This seemed to frustrate the home side even more and as Liverpool continued to play and possess the ball, Dallas City opted to chase the game which played into the visitors’ hand. With Liverpool’s pace of the front three they capitalized with two minutes to halftime with a perfect counter attack to stun the home side. The ball was quickly won just inside the Liverpool half and with a swift diagonal ball to the right hand side a run and cross into the box was bundled into the goal to give Liverpool a 2-0 lead at halftime.
As the second half got under way the home side immediately put the visitors on the back foot. With numerous long and diagonal balls from City, the Warriors back line defended like warriors as they kept the dangerously attack-minded forwards at bay.
After 65 minutes it was still 2-0 to Liverpool and with City still trying to find the breakthrough, the introduction of Vcmor Eligwe gave the away side another option to counter attack and changed the dimension of the game. With the power and pace of the forwards, Camara and Eligwe, City had no answer to it and the away side could have doubled their lead with two clear-cut chances that the home keeper brilliantly saved.
As the game entered its final minutes it was clear to see that the home side had run out of gas and Liverpool’s game plan looked like it had worked. The final whistle went with the score finishing 2-0. The Warriors now advance to the next round after a slow start to the season, but go into the weekend full of confidence after beating a very good Dallas City team in their own backyard.