THE ORMSKIRK SUNDAY LEAGUE offers its deepest condolences to the family of George Snape, for many years manager of Harrock FC who sadly died this week.
George was well respected throughout the League and will be greatly missed by his many friends in the Ormskirk League.
Day one of the new season produced 49 goals despite only three games in the Premier league being played, as well as a few shock results.
Standpark 3Kestrels 11
THE FIRST game on a 3G pitch that resembled a bowling green, saw the visiting team three up within five minutes as the Kestrel’s ran riot over a strong Standpark team that never recovered from the early shock.
Michael Boyle hammered home the first of his hat trick within a minute, after some breathtaking football that ran throughout this match. Paul Welsh made it two minutes later, the first of his perfect hat trick.
Joe Hutchins grabbed one back for Standpark before the break but the damage had been done. Second half goals from Paul Keenan and Tyson Eyo took the Kestrel’s to eight, before Standpark began to take advantage as Kestrel’s took their foot off the gas.
A brace for the outstanding Paul Langley gave Standpark some brief joy before substitutes Tommy Hughes with a brace, and Jay McKane wrapped up the rout.
Parnell’s 3Bar Du Fay 1
BAR DU FAY got the season off to a great start, with an early goal from Danny O’Leary that shook Parnell’s into action. A brace from Ross McBride turned the game on its head by half time, and the Bar had a fight on their hands. The second half proved much tighter for both teams as the game flowed from end to end. Danny Flynn finally broke the deadlock with Parnell’s third, giving the home side all three points in this battle of the newly promoted teams.
Fantail 0 The Tail 3
THIS was the shock result of the day as last season’s bottom team, beat the reigning champions by a clear margin. However no report was sent in, leaving the Fantail with more problems than just the opening result.
Database 2Platinum M/W 5
LAST season’s trophy laden team Platinum started as they left off, with a resounding victory over Database.
A Joe Warring hat trick got them off to a flying start, before Carl Stiles reduced their lead with a goal for Database after a mistake from Platinum’s keeper.
Jay Gardner increased Platinum’s lead before the break but the best was yet to come. Platinum controlled most of the second half but some poor finishing in front of goal took the edge off their dominance, and Damian Sinozee with Database’s second showed how easy scoring was. Paddy McPaddon took note for Platinum producing an outstanding fifth goal that was without doubt the best of the game.
Sacred Heart 5
Lanes End 3
A GAME of two contrasting halves, seen Sacred Heart take the points over a strong Lanes End team that allowed their early second half fight back come to nothing. A stunning volley from Les Yates opened the scoring for Lanes, before a Les Kenny brace saw Sacred Heart take the lead into the break. Declan Gregson and Dave Smith turned the score around again as the Lane gathered momentum, but all to no avail as a Martin Rigby brace and a late Tom Hodges goal sealed the victory for Sacred Heart.
Ambrose Ellis 2
AFTER a close first half where these two teams went in level with a Ryan Ball strike for Falcon being matched by Rod Smith for Ellis, the game looked odds on for a draw. However the second half was a different story as the Falcon soared to new highs, with a hat trick from Luke Newcombe securing the points for the leagues newest recruit. Stan Doff did pull back a late consolation for Ellis but too little too late.
Coach & Horses 1
ONE OF the other new boys to the league Coach & Horses earned a well deserved point against MCA with some excellent football from this young side.
Sean King had put the MCA one ahead by the half time break, but this had no effect on the youngsters as Jay McGregor equalised in the second period spurred on by the brilliant mom performance from David Taylor.
A good game of football all round, and an interesting test for the youngsters that they came through with flying colours.
Civil Service 3George’s 2
CIVIL SERVICE emerged victors in this five goal thriller thanks to a Dave Jones hat trick after Connor Shut had opened the scoring for George’s.
All even at the break with end to end football that flowed throughout, this game was a credit to both teams.
Adam Wilkinson reduced the arrears with a late penalty to George’s but they could not find an equaliser and it ended Service with a smile.