Crewe United got back to winning ways on Saturday (19th Nov) with a comprehensive 3-0 demolition of Markethill at Crewe Park. Chinta ‘The Professor’ Chisambo scored a brace with Tommy Kempson scoring the other goal.
Crewe United came into this fixture on a run of 3 defeats in a row since new manager Gary Flaherty took over, and also having not scored in any of those games. To add to this they were without the services of Chris “Sid” McCrory(ankle), Conor McCarthy(long term knee), Conor McQuillan(hamstring), Dennis Boyle(long term knee), Sam Gove(work commitments), Brendan Mooney(suspension) and Peter McCabe(suspension).
Crewe went for the throat immediately from the first whistle. The endless running and movement of Chisambo and Kempston pulled the Markethill defenders all over the place leaving room for Bouchard and McManus to dictate the play and Black and Mulligan to scheme from the wide areas. Around 7 minutes in Chisambo got through on goal following a lucky ricochet but seen his shot blocked first by the goalkeeper, then the rebound went wide.
Minutes later Mulligan drilled a corner toward the near post only to see the strike to hit the post and go out for a goal kick. Crewe continued to press, Mulligan and Bouchard linking up down the left to set Kempston free but his cross was dealt with by the opposition defence. Approaching the 15 minute mark Haggerty recieved the ball inside his own half and drilled a pass towards the on-rushing Black, Black rose high and glanced the ball between two defenders and Chisambo raced clear towards goal, controlled the ball into his stride and slid the ball past the ‘keeper with his left foot to give the home side a deserved lead.
Crewe continued to attack, Black causing problems down the right, Mulligan whipping a couple of dangerous balls from the left and Kempston led the away centre-halves a merry dance time and time again. At the back Crewe looked solid and composed,with Bingham spending more time attacking than defending due to the fact that set-pieces were the visiting sides only real method of attack.
Half Time: Crewe United 1 – 0 Markethill Swifts
Crewe came out for the second half even more attack minded than the first. Manager Flaherty took the decision to swap Black and Bouchard and it paid dividends. Bouchard stretched the defence down the right flank and Black began to run midfield leaving McManus free to orchestrate the Crewe attacks.
Despite Crewe’s attacking dominance the only real effort on goal was a Chisambo header from 18 yards out which the ‘keeper gathered comfortably. Around twenty minutes into the second half Crewe won a corner on the right. McManus took it left footed and swung it in towards goal, the ball was missed by defence and attack and it fell to Kempston at the back post who took a touch past his man towards the penalty spot and drilled home through a crowd of players.
Crewe continued to dominate with their quick passing game, and their cause was helped by the opposition, Chisambo was fouled for at least the tenth time and as he got up was pushed in the face by the Markethill number 16, who was then shown the red card. Black continued to push the opposition midfield back and Mulligan went on a run past 3 men before being chopped down en route to goal.
With 15 minutes to go Haggerty recieved the ball at left back, looked up and drilled an inch perfect daisy-cutter of a pass which split the entire Markethill defence and into the path of Chisambo who raced onto it and dinked the ball past the on-rushing goalkeeper and into the net from just inside the box for his second of the game.
Flaherty then made 3 changes with Hogan replacing Bingham, Hetherington on for Kemspton and Heaney for Cregan. Heaney, a forward by trade, went into midfield and began to run things by winning the ball, giving it simple and going for the return, Black reverted to a sitting role and McManus moved into centre back.
Markethill’s only real effort came when a corner was swung in, the ball headed down and past McAuley only to find Haggerty on the line to clear, something he has done numerous times already this season. In the end Crewe held on for a comfortable win and their first under the new manager, which was extremely welcomed ahead of the huge local derby with fierce rivals Lower Mazer next up.
Full Time: Crewe United 3 – Markethill Swifts 0
Team: McAuley, Bingham (c), Creggan, McStravick, Haggerty, Black, Bouchard, McManus, Mulligan, Kempson, Chisambo. Subs: Heaney, Hogan, Hetherignton (for Creggan, Chisambo, Bingham 70)