Jan 23 2014 Ormskirk Advertiser
THE WEATHER once again struck havoc with the fixture programme in the Ormskirk Sunday football league, allowing only five games to take place.
The league wish to thank all grounds men and people concerned for getting these fixtures played.
The Tail 1Kestrels 3
THIS GAME had the makings of the day’s best fixture, but though some excellent football was played by both sides it will be remembered for the petulant behaviour of players and spectators throughout the game.
The first big eruption followed Kestrel’s opener from Paul Welsh which was allowed to stand despite claims for offside by the Tail. Though no further goals came in the first half it was clear that a section of the Tail felt so angered that the referee’s job became a nightmare as nearly every decision was questioned.
The Tail did equalise after injury caused the Kestrel Keeper to be replaced, substitution Kelly allowing Gary Hall to cash in on a mistake but the Kestrel’s quickly went back into the lead when Mattie Jones fired home through a packed area.
The Tail then lost their goalkeeper who was red carded for remarks he made to the referee while Kelly at the other end was pulling off some spectacular saves to make up for his early mistake.
Then with the game petering out, Welsh grabbed his brace to settle this game in favour of the Kestrel’s.
Fantail 2Melling Victoria 0
A POWERFUL headed goal from Mark Gregory put Fantail into an early lead against Melling Victoria who appeared out of sorts from the off.
Though the Vic’s put up their usual battle, their game was lacking with passes and sometimes ideas as they struggled to find their form of late.
Warren Jevons and David Hickman came close on occasions but this was never to be the Vic’s day, and when Niall Summerhill crashed home number two for Fantail the game was all but over.
Both teams played some good football after this but that was the end of the scoring as the defences began to dominate for the latter part of this game.
Lanes End 3Coach & Horses 8
LANE’S END started this game far stronger than the Coach and quickly took the lead with a Darren Thomas strike.
The Coach equalised ten minutes later when Joe Doolan was allowed to coast in at the back post following a cross from Dan Barry.
Back came the Lane as this game went end to end, and Mike Anderson once again gave them the lead which they kept till minutes from half time when Rod Talbot ensured the teams went in level.
A revitalised Coach took to the field in the second half and ran riot as Mark Gornall struck a hat trick with a brace for Don Fitzsimmons and an eighth from Luke Roberts. Alan Gorman managed a third for the Lane but by then the game was over as a contest and the Coach stay in touch with their dream of promotion.
Sacred Heart 4Database 2
SACRED HEART rid themselves of early jitters to beat bottom club Database, after the latter put up an early fight that mocked their league position.
The teams were all level at the break, with the goals coming from Dillon O’Callaghan and Terry Watkins for Heart, and replies from Mike Gilbert and John Bond for Database.
However the fitness levels again became a nightmare for Database as the game progressed and further goals from Lee Metcalf and Paul Bounds secured all three points for Heart.
Parkin Cup Quarter Final
Platinum M/W 5George’s 1
DESPITE the emphatic score this game was end to end throughout, the difference was Platinum’s finishing which was far superior to George’s as they finished the half four to one.
Goals from James Gardiner with a brace and one a piece from Paddy McPaddon and Phil Board put Platinum in the driving seat with a lone reply from Liam Wilkinson for George’s.
The second half was far tighter as George’s put up a valiant fight though the finishing still left a lot to be desired.
Platinum did get a fifth before the end when Jordan Holmes broke free to strike a perfect shot which whistled into the net and secured their place in the semi final.