Fantail 3 Melling Victoria 1
FANTAIL increased their lead at the top of the Ormskirk & District Sunday Football League Premiership after securing a 3-1 win against Melling Victoria.
Fantail struck first with a brace from Connor Dickens before Gareth Edwards reduced the arrears before half-time.
Rob Morgan fired home the third for Fantail early in the second period, and from there it was Vic’s who took control of the game.
They could not, however, control the superb goalkeeping from Nathan Brabin, and that along with some near misses was the story of this game that was in danger of being called off before it started due to a soggy-looking goalmouth.
Salisbury 1 NAC 2
NAC edged back into second spot in the table with a valiant opening half display against Salisbury.
A quick double from James McShane took them to the break, though their performance deserved more as they were well on top of this game.
Danny O’Leary reduced the arrears and the game flowed from end to end with the NAC keeper receiving the mom award for his outstanding display.
There were plenty more thrills for both teams but no more goals and it was a great game, despite the poor pitch.
Mariner’s 1 Kestrel’s 2
A BRACE from Terry Burghall, the first down to some brilliant individual skill, and an inspired display from stand-in goalkeeper Paul Welsh stole the highlights from this thunderous encounter.
Kestrel’s were held to two goals by a mixture of strong tackles, sturdy woodwork and some excellent defending though Mariner’s pulled one back on the stroke of half-time, Jason Carey hitting the corner of the Kestrel’s net following a fine move.
The second-half saw chances to both teams but no further goals, and though plenty to talk about, that was that.
Kirkby Rafa 7 Eden Vale 4
RAFA had another day to remember as they crashed seven past a shocked Eden Vale, with man-of-the-match Tom Brady the five-goal terror.
Early efforts from Paul Healy and Brady gave RAFA the incentive, though the Vale came back in between Brady’s hat-trick to grab three with Graham Porter, Ian Holme and Darren Byers on the score sheet before the break.
Two more for Brady and one for Michael Long after the interval and RAFA were home and dry, this despite a late fourth from Terry McDonald to give Vale some respect to the overall score.
MCA 0 Parnell’s 6
TABLE-TOPPERS Parnell’s hit MCA for six, as the bottom club had another bad day at the office in Division One.
An opening half brace from Darrel Lee set the scene as the MCA found going difficult.
Things got harder for MCA in the second period as another pair of braces kept up Parnell’s dreams of the title, Ashley Foulks and Paul Barrett the scorers.
Parnell’s are looking favourites for the crown with each game, while the MCA are standing firmly on that trap door and need results to beat the drop.
THE McPort v Ormskirk Town game was abandoned due to a water logged pitch.
Standpark 3 Pivilion 1
STANDPARK push on after a slow start to the season beating Pivilion in this hard encounter, made worse by the heavy pitch that make football difficult.
Opening half goals from Paul Langley and Andy Koo set Standpark on their way to victory.
David Flynn reduced the arrears early in the second period only for Langley to finish off the scoring for Standpark as the game neared the end.
Both teams tried to make a game of it but the heavy ground prevented a real spectacle for those watching.
Coleman’s 2 Database 1
COLEMAN’S stay top of Division Two, though Database gave them a real challenge, before coming off the worse of a three goal game.
End-to-end play produced a goal apiece in the opening half with Dean Chad netting for Coleman’s and Andy McGuirk for Database.
The second half was full of thrills and near misses until two minutes from time when Tony Taylor was quickest to react to a lucky rebound and secure the points for Coleman’s.
Sacred Heart 1 Platinum M/W 5
PLATINUM have every intention of snatching the Division Two crown along with any other silverware they can get from a promising season.
They swept aside a Sacred Heart team whom have similar passions with ease grabbing three goals before the break without reply.
Paul Burke with a brace and one for Matt Hollins did the damage as Platinum surged forward with strong team football.
Sacred Heart’s Kevin Hayes did pull one back in his team’s real productive period, but only proving a consolation as another brace from Platinum’s David Polvey finished the game of any contest.
Lanes End 8 Printworks 3
ANOTHER game that produced a heap of goals saw Lanes End expose the Printwork’s late collapse again after a close first-half.
A brace from Declan Gregson and one from Les Yates gave them a goal cushion at the break as Alex Sephton and Andy Overton had scored for Printworks.
Callum Gorman got an early forth for Lanes End which was reduced again as Sam Harvey crashed home a third for Printworks.
Then, as the game began to get heated, Printworks lost their concentration and Jamie Hillier smashed home a hat-trick and Danny Cheetham completed the rout.
Ambrose Ellis 1 Leftbank 1
ANOTHER close game saw Ambrose Ellis and Leftbank battle for a point a piece in the end, which on reflection was the fairest result.
Leftbank’s Mike Hanley was first to open the scoring heading home an inch-perfect cross from Carl Boyd after 20 minutes.
With both teams matching one another in every department it was no surprise when Wayne King crashed home the equaliser 10 minutes later.
That is how it stayed for the remainder of the game, despite numerous chances to both teams as they threw everything they had in search of a winner.