AFC West End struck late on to claim a point against table topping AFC Golden Eagle. James Smith returned to the side in place of Harry Rickels, whilst Dan Arden and James Dewhurst replaced Harry Martin and Stephen Pearce as full backs.
It was Jack McDonnell who opened the scoring with a fortunate effort as a defenders clearance struck Jack and rebounded stright past the Eagle keeper. An opputunistic strke but a confidence boosting one for Jack McDonnell his second in as many games.
Whilst the goal gave West End breathing space and an opportunity to get a foothold in the game. Golden Eagle responded brilliantly and with two goals either side of halftime, both exposing the fragile West End defense, this gave them a 2-1 lead and a comfortable position in the game.
With time slipping away it looked most likely that AFC would again be defeated by the odd goal, this was until referee Ian Stephenson awarded a controversial free kick to West End around 20 yards from goal. James Smith stepped up and although assisted by a deflection, the pace and force of the free kick gave it a chance. The deflection favored the team in blue as the Eagle keeper was wrong-footed, with one of the final kicks of the game West End had rescued a largely undeserved point. The despair was evident on the faces of the Eagle players.
AFC West End - John Purdy, Dan Arden (Pally Dhindsa), James Dewhurst, Joe Harper, Ady Gray, Dave Capps, Mike O’Keeffe, Glenn Sellors (Lee Matsell), James Smith, Jack McDonnell, Sam McDonnell
Man of the Match - James Smith
Dick of the Day - Joe Harper/Sam McDonnell/Jack McDonnell