Salisbury 2 Fantail 1
IN THIS close Stanley Bowl quarter-final, Kieran Smith opened the scoring for Salisbury in the 12th minute against the run of play.
Fantail got a deserved equaliser before the break from Kevin Pollard to set up a thrilling second half of this enthralling game.
Salisbury, despite the half time score, had been under the cosh from Fantail but managed a second half display more in keeping with the club’s reputation, and a second goal that proved to be the winner came from Jamie Blackhurst on the hour.
Fantail pressed and threw everything at Salisbury in the last quarter of this game, but could not find an equaliser. Top marks for both sides who managed to produce such a good game in difficult conditions.
Wynstay 4 MCA 0
WYNSTAY are the first of this year’s Parkin Cup finalists after an easy semi final victory against the MCA.
To be fair, the MCA did start the game full of enthusiasm, and caused some bother with their attacking build-up play that just lacked a cutting edge.
Things changed though as goals from Ian Makin and Michael McKenna quickly changed the mood of the MCA team who appeared lacklustre and defeated from that point.
Steven May and Liam Morrison did try and put some spirit back into the MCA chasing everything and getting some breaks for their hard work; however too many of their team where caught napping on numerous occasions, and showed very little spirit for their last chance of glory this season.
Luke West struck a third and a late penalty from Andy Pemberton completed what could only be described as a workout in the end for Wynstay.
Melling Victoria 2 Kirkby Rafa 1
KIRKBY RAFA gave second placed Melling Victoria a real scare as they took their neighbours within minutes of grabbing a point from them.
First half goals from Wally Yates for Vics and Paul Langley for RAFA were rewards for a game so close that you could not get a piece of cotton between the two teams.
Vics’ last push for a winner paid off though, with young Andy Jevons sliding in a vicious cross at the death.
Bar Du Fay 4 Pivilion 5
IN A close game that nearly fell foul to the pitch conditions, Pivilion came out on top of promotion hopefuls Bar Du Fay in a nine goal thriller.
A first half brace from Adam Millington and a third from Steve Westhead gave Pivilion the upper hand by half time, and though Paul Modern had reduced the arrears for the Bar, it was Pivilion that appeared the more hungry for points than their opposition up to this stage.
Things changed though in the second half and the Bar began to get on top of this game as a brace from Owen Foulks equalled the contest before Pivilion found their form again.
Goals from David Purcell and Lee Hill once again put Pivilion in the driving seat as they deserved, but a late fourth from Wayne Morgan made the final minutes of this game all but easy for Pivilion though they did manage to hang on for the points.
Standpark 1 McPort United 4
McPORT took a three goal lead into the break which initially finished this game as a contest, leaving Standpark with an uphill battle throughout the second half.
Goals from Declan Gregson, Nick Law and Chris Swords did the damage with Steve Malloy grabbing a fourth before Alan Hermerson scored Standpark’s consolation on the hour.
That finished the scoring, but both teams had other chances which they squandered and the victory helps McPort to climb the table.
Printworks 1 Leftbank 19
PRINTWORKS suffered another rout at the hands of Leftbank with a 10-1 half time scoreline that did little to aid their confidence.
Five goals from Joel Sallery and a hat trick from Bob Jones did the damage with a few more from Dan and Peter Jones.
Printwork’s Alex Sephton got their consolation before the break but it was really just how many they would finally go down to.
The answer was another nine in the second half without reply goals coming from Mike Wallace with four, Andrew Kolquheen with a hat-trick and efforts from Jay Middleton and Martin Rigby finding the net.
It’s never a nice feeling for a team going through the agonies of a first season, but every team in the league cannot help but admire Printworks for their terrific sportsman-like approach to every game while going through this first season nightmare.
Liverpool Intermediate Cup
Abbey Road 1 Platinum M/W 2
PLATINUM MENSWEAR sneaked a welcome victory over a strong Abbey Road team to represent the Ormskirk Sunday League in this year’s all-Liverpool Intermediate Cup Final.
David Polvey opened the scoring for Platinum in the first 10 minutes of this game.
Frank McKinney equalised on the half-hour for Abbey Road.
That’s how it stayed till the hour when Paul Birkley smashed home what proved to be the winning goal for Platinum.
This was a very good victory against a fine football team in Abbey Road and the league’s good wishers go to Platinum for the final hurdle of this competition.
Games postponed due to unfit pitches: Kestrels v NAC; Database v Sacred Heart; Lanes End v Georges.