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Ormskirk & District Sunday Football League
Fantail 3 Kestrels 2
FANTAIL emerged with a win from this top-of-the-table clash after enduring the first 40 minutes where Kestrels did everything but score.
This was mainly due to Fantail’s goalkeeper Nathan Brabin and some sturdy woodwork.
Then, to add a breakaway opener to Fantail just on half-time scored by Kevin Pollard, they did little to curb the disbelief of this one-sided game.
The second half, however, was a different story as Fantail began to believe they could get something from this game and began to produce some fine football.
Paul Welsh equalised for Kestrels from the penalty spot, only for Bradley Smart to slot home a spot-kick 10 minutes later. Terry Burghall banged home a second equaliser and both teams hit the woodwork before a late disputed winner for Fantail.
Former Blackburn Rovers player Zach Haley took another of his missile throws and as Kestrels’ goalkeeper Kelly appeared to be impeded, Jake Daulby crashed home the winner.
Kirkby RAFA 2 Melling Victoria 3
IN ANOTHER entertaining game, Melling Victoria emerged with the points thanks to a hat-trick from the veteran Wally Yates.
Vic’s went two ahead in the opening half, with Yates turning back the years to torment RAFA with his clinical finishing.
The second period began with a superb Paul Healey strike to bring RAFA right back into the match.
With all at stake it was left to Noel Edmunds to do the deal for RAFA with a great volley that equalled the contest and produced a thunderous last 20 minutes.
Both teams went in search of the winner as the defences stood strong, but a slip allowed the elegant Yates to smash down the defensive gates and win the three points for Melling.
NAC 3 Mariners 2
YET another game that ended in controversy as the NAC snatched the points with a late goal after a disallowed Mariners effort.
It was a goal that angered the Mariners’ officials.
The end-to-end encounter saw goals from Joe Riley and Tony Owen for the NAC wiped out with a brace from Steven Laing.
James McShane put NAC ahead once again before Laing was denied his hat-trick by the referee.
Salisbury 4 Eden Vale 2
SALISBURY looked comfortable by the break as they led Eden Vale 3-0 thanks to a Jamie Hay double and Jamie Blackhurst effort.
The second period was not so one-sided, though, as the Vale upped their game and pulled two goals back thanks to a Terry McDonald free-kick and an unfortunate own goal.
Chris Tyson made it four to Salisbury before a late rally saw Vale go close on a few occasions and Philip Stancombe miss a late penalty.
Salisbury were good value for the win after last week’s poor result.
Wynstay 2 Parnell’s 2
THIS top-of-the-table clash was as good an advert for the Ormskirk & District Sunday Football League as you could get, with both teams playing some outstanding football throughout the 90 minutes.
All even at the break in a goalless first half, Richie Lang opened the scoring for Wynstay before a brace from Darren Lee gave Parnell’s the incentive.
That is how it stayed despite chances to both teams until the dying minutes of this game, when Lang completed his brace earning his side a deserved draw.
A first class clash, superbly refereed by Brian McCluskey, and well done to all for a top game played to such high standards and in the right spirit.
Bar Du Fay 3 McPort 1
A BRACE from Michael Joyce saw the Bar Du Fay in a commanding position after a first half that was strongly contested by both teams.
Danny Jones put the Bar further ahead in the second period before a late consolation from McPort’s Steven Malloy made the final scoreline more respectable.
The win pushes the Bar closer to the promotion places as they strive to get back into the Premier Division with their new-built team.
Leftbank 3 Coleman’s 5
COLEMAN’S continue their quest for the Division Two championship with a win over Leftbank, who pushed them to the final whistle in an attempt to get something from this game.
The clash started scrappily with both teams finding the going tough.
Then the goals started going in and the game became more entertaining.
Andy Colleen grabbed a brace for Leftbank while Joe Phillips did the same for Coleman’s in between and Glen Lamb made it three before the break.
Mike Price made it four for Coleman’s early in the second period and 10 minutes later Leftbank nabbed a third from Martin Rigby.
With time running out and Leftbank throwing all forward in search of an equaliser, Coleman’s got the break and Terry Michaels wrapped the game up with his side’s fifth and final goal.
Sacred Heart 2 Database 1
A CLOSE game that produced just the one goal in the opening half.
That went to Database with Joe Strain encrypting the tight defence of Sacred Heart.
The second period saw attacks from both teams leading to nothing until a shot from Fred Dally appeared to catch an unfortunate Database defender before passing the helpless keeper. This gave Sacred Heart the boost they needed and a late push saw Mark Fitzpatrick scramble home the winner.
Ambrose Ellis 2 Lane End 4
AN EXCITING game that was all even at 2-2 for over an hour, eventually saw Lane End progress into the next round of the Sherwood Cup with two late goals.
Brendan Southern and Will King scored first half goals for Ambrose while Callum Gorman and Jamie Ellis were on the scoresheet for Lane End.
Just as the game looked to be heading for extra-time, Lane End upped their game and goals from Declan Gregson and Andy Park sealed the victory .
IN other matches played on Sunday, Standpark claimed a 3-1 victory over Pivilion in Division One while in Division Two, Platinum Meanswear thrashed Printworks 7-1.