Feb 20 2014 by Our Correspondent, Ormskirk Advertiser
CRAIG Langley secured Scarisbrick Hall FC's progression in the Mike Butterworth Cup with a last gasp winner against South Porto FC.
The first half had Scarisbrick with a strong wind in their faces, which forced them to play the ball short and on the ground, suiting their style.
Jack Medlicott and Craig Langley both had headers narrowly missing the target as Scarisbrick Hall continued to press. A tough half for both side in testing conditions, the sides level at the break.
HALF TIME: South Porto FC 0 - 0 Scarisbrick Hall FC
The break allowed joint managers Alex Williams (AJ) and Frank Medlicott to make the unusual change to alter the man between the sticks, Josh Daniels who had little to do (except for a ton of goal kicks) in the first half switched with Right Back Tom Soffe, with the plan to utilise his big kicking.
It didn't take long for Scarisbrick to get the breakthrough, Medlicott with a barrage of shots blocked before the ball fell to the feet of Lewis O'Reilly, quick movement got the ball out of his feet, striking a curling shot away from the Keeper, into the bottom left corner.
South Porto got their opening by cutting open the Scarisbrick Defence, Tom Soffe rushing out to close the Striker down but misjudged his approach, the striker able to round him, squaring the ball across the six yard box, to be smashed home, from five yards.
Scarisbrick were back in front from the spot, Lewis O'Reilly converting the spot kick sending the keeper the wrong way, after a Porto player had handled on the line to prevent a certain goal from the shot of Medlicott.
South Porto FC were soon back level, after an error stricken two minutes, Scarisbrick giving away a needless free kick 10 yards outside their own box, the free kick was scuffed into the box, rolling under the foot of Conor Touhey and straight into the path of the Porto striker who tucked the ball inside the far post for 2-2.
With just a minute left, Scarisbrick got a free kick just inside their own half, Soffe waving Darren Clifford away from the kick. Soffe fired the ball on target, it was too hot to handle for the keeper, who fumbled in front of the on rushing Craig Langley who finished from close range.