Stockport Warriors score late winner in incredible comeback against Village FC
- Stockport seconds complete an incredible late comeback to win 2-1
- Striker Azeez Ibisomi scores the winner a day before his birthday
- The loss sets up an exciting next game for Village FC seconds
An 85th minute winner from Azeez Ibisomi broke Village FC hearts as Stockport seconds went on to win 2-1 in a tightly contested league game.
Village FC seconds, who went into the match as favourites, looked set to hold out for a point and retain their three place gap between them and their opponents.
However, late drama saw the Stockport striker score a day before his 42nd birthday.
The two sides both compete in the fourth tier of the Lancashire and Cheshire amateur football league.
A quick start from both saw Stockport control most of the play while Village FC successfully pressed, winning the ball in good positions.
Stockport Warriors didn't take long to show their aggressive play style, physically challenging Village FC up and down the pitch.
However, the boys in yellow held their own and produced the first goal of the game in the 25th minute.
A mistake by the Stockport keeper allowed Village to loop the ball over to striker, Ryan Haywood, who showed brilliant composer to place the ball into an empty net.
From this point, AFC Stockport began to build momentum, creating a flurry of chances before half time.
However, a mixture of brave defending and confident goal keeping kept Village FC 1-0 up as the game reached the break.
Hostility between the sides continued into the second half with both teams having their say.
But if anyone looked like scoring it was Village FC. Some great link up plays just outside the box between Haywood and Hewitt gave glimpses of a second goal in the 55th minute.
Nonetheless, just a few moments later Stockport Warriors showed their teeth and found an equaliser.
Village keeper, David Sedrick, pulled off one or two great saves but to his disappointment he couldn’t keep them out.
A third attempt at goal saw Stockport’s number 10 place the ball into the bottom left with ease to make it 1-1.
As the game reached its final stages Village FC nearly found a winner from close range as the keeper made a point blank save at his near post in the 75th minute.
Though it wasn’t to be as striker Azeez Ibisomi scored the winner for Stockport with just five minutes to go.
A skill full turn inside the box allowed him to trickle the ball past the keeper, even with his back to goal, making it 2-1 to AFC Stockport Warriors.
A look ahead
The loss for Village FC grants eighth place Staly Lions a chance to close the gap and makes an exciting spectacle for their game against each other on Saturday (29 Jan).
Meanwhile, three points for Stockport Warriors could see them temporarily climb out of tenth place.
They take on Urmston Town next week in the league.
- All credits for photography go to Gordon S Marino. Check out his website here.