VICTORIA 2PARNELL’S 1
THE only Premier match in the Ormskirk and District Sunday League saw Melling Victoria grab the three points in a close game with Parnell’s.
The Vic’s controlled the first half and went two goals ahead with strikes from Dave Hickman and Paul Healy. Parnell’s were a different team second half and pulled one back with a Danny Flynn strike before poor finishing and some strong defensive play took over the game.
Vic’s had young Warren Jevons to thank for the points in the end though as the rookie keeper pulled off a devastating last minute save to secure the day’s spoils.
GEORGE’S 3VILLAGE INN 3
A GAME of two halves as the Village dominated the first 45 minutes, taking a two goal lead into the break thanks to a Ryan Mason brace.
A different Georges emerged for the second half though, and it took Ian Harlem five minutes to reduce the arrears and bring the game to life. Carl Ledson equalised for Georges ten minutes later as the home team completely turned around the dominance of play.
Then up stepped Gary Wilkinson with the goal of the game, a 25 yard cannon shot that was in the net before anyone realised what had happened. Georges had turned the game on its head with an outstanding second half display that was ruined only by a late lapse in concentration that allowed Gary Doyle to nip in for the late 88 minute equaliser that was probably a fair result for this entertaining match.
MCA 1KESTREL’S 7
KESTREL’S were again forced to field an under strength team for this league cup game with the MCA but quickly took control as Burghall Boyle and Welsh terrorised the MCA defence with probing moves that at times left them bemused and shaken. Boyle nabbed a brace, Welsh a penalty and Burghall with a powerful finish almost put the contest to bed before the first half had ended, however nothing could be taken for granted as the MCA worked tirelessly to get something from this game with Gary Senior and James Dean putting in impressive shifts.
Welsh got his second early in the second half, and with stand in keeper Hughes being forced by an injury to resuming his usual position in the front line he too got a brace despite the strong arguments that MCA had scored two own goals.
The impressive Matt Owens crashed home a late consolation to top his motm performance as Kestrel’s went into a last 20 minute meltdown, but the game was long over as a real contest by then.
PLATINUM 2FANTAIL 3
IN WHAT was described as the game of the day, Fantail produced a second half display that saved their bacon and secured them a place in Monday’s draw.
Platinum had shocked last season’s Premier champions with the type of football that had won them their countless trophies all collected last season also, as well as taking a 2-1 half time lead.
A brace from Joe Whelan had complimented their class approach to this encounter and they must have gone into the half time break with pride and confidence despite Carl Daulby reducing the arrears. However there can only be one at the end of a cup game and Fantail had the experience to ensure it was they who went into Monday night’s draw. Second half goals from Dean Kenny and Jack Bromilow ensured the job was completed within the ninety minutes.
Take nothing away from Platinum though they played their part and come very close to the upset of the day.
COACH & HORSES 1THE TAIL 4
A PAIR of braces from Ramon McHugh and Chris Grayson kept the Tail fighting on all fronts as they put an early finish to the Coach& Horses dreams of a league cup journey.
The Coach played their part in this entertaining game but could only manage a consolation goal from a Joe Noone free kick to show for their endeavours. The Premiership club had too much in their armoury to suffer an early shock, but full credit to the coach for making a game of it.
CIVIL SERVICE 1LANES END 5
THE Parkin cup also failed to throw up any surprises as the divisions leading clubs had clear wins against lower placed clubs. Lanes End had to wait till the second half to show their dominance against the Civil Service after an even first half that ended one a piece. An early goal from Rob Mangham got the Service off to a great start which they managed to hold on to till just before the break, that’s when Adam Sutton crashed home the equaliser. That was enough to change the Lanes fortune and they dominated the second half with goals from Dave Willis, Declan Gregson and a Tom Holborn brace that finished the contest for the Civil Service.
SACRED HEART 4AMBROSE ELLIS 0
FOUR second half goals ensured Sacred Heart an easy passage through to the next round after a close and tense first half ended in a stalemate at 0-0. Ambrose Ellis had little to offer in the second half as Heart began to dominate this game and goals from Ben Yardley, Dean Bradley, Ryan Rigby and Dillon O’Callaghan put an end to the Ellis Parkin cup hopes. Ellis had a few chances with Kyle Brock coming closest with a powerful 20 yard drive that shaved the outside of the post leaving the Hearts defence motionless, but other than that they could not break down a resilient Heart defence and thus paid the price.
FALCON 5THE LIVER 5(full time, game abandoned in extra time)
THE Falcon and Liver put on a real end to end cup tie after the Liver had taken a comfortable three goal lead before the break. Brothers Purcell tormented the Falcons defence with Dave taking a brace and Jay netting the third.
Falcon made half time changes and it paid off as Glen Lamb came on to score a hat trick, Luke Newcomb then put the Falcon on a high as his point blank header gave them the lead.
The Liver battled back again though, and Dave Purcell grabbed his hat trick to even the scores once again.
Minutes later Eddie Hobbs put them back into the driving seat once again as this game began to peter out, with their last attack the Falcon swung the luck back in their favour as an own goal sent this thriller into extra time.
That is when this exciting game ventured into the mire, the Liver had a man sent off and the avalanche of abuse that the referee was subjected to was just too much and the game was abandoned to the shame of the Liver.