Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League round-up, 5 May 2024

Two years after claiming their first-ever Premier Division title, Rock Ferry Social lifted the Cheshire County Football Association Sunday Challenge Cup for the first time.

Rock Ferry defeated KRCT Bidston 5-4 on penalties with the sides locked at 1-1 after the normal regulatory 90 mins, in what was a second consecutive defeat for KRCT Bidston following their loss on the previous Sunday to Queens Park FC, also on penalties 3-1.

It was Queens’ 14th occasion that they have won the Veronica Conway Premier Cup and their 6th in the last 10 seasons, with Dock winning it twice and on the other two seasons.

In midweek, West Kirby United were victorious in a narrow 1-0 win over a very strong Higher Bebington Kelma in the Jimmy Core Final, with the only goal coming very early in the second half.

Kieran Cartwright and Alex Cherera were on the mark for Queens Park over Woodchurch Hotel (Jordan Deer) 2-1 who have The Ryan ‘Gigsy’ Atherton Trophy in their sights and become League Champions for the 23rd time in the 60 year history in this 60th Anniversary season of the Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League.

They did have a seven season stint in the Liverpool Sunday League before football was allowed in Birkenhead back in 1964 on a Sunday morning.

Queens Park have won the Premier Division 21 times and Division One in 1967/68 the season before the introduction of the Premier Division. Queens now only require three points from two games to be crowned Champions, with Lancelyn Glenavon their opposition in both games.

Bushell Athletic is making a late challenge for promotion and the Maxwell’s Barber Division One title. They have been hampered by cup runs and postponements due to waterlogged pitches. Their latest conquest was a 1-0 success over AFC Shaftes thanks to a Ben Glover strike.

Whitby Rangers, Rig Move, and Eastham Rangers Colts will all want a say at the end of May with the latter recording a fine win over Derby Jets. Nick Wakefield led with a hat-trick and singles came from Joel Whalley and Dan O’Halloran.

Lions FC marched on towards the Martin Gallier Division Two title with a fine 7-1 result over Upton Willows. Paul Head bagged a four timer and a Mark Head treble did the damage. The chase is also on for the promotion paces should Lions FC falter.

Eagle Stirrup FC kept up their momentum with a narrow 3-2 scoreline at Eastham Rangers thanks to goalgetters Callum Jones, with a smart double, and Jake Byrne.

In form Old Parks are looking to repeat last season’s strong finish and have found their shooting boots at the right time. In midweek they beat Barkers Armchair 7-0 and Sunday it was another six at Oval FC thanks to Luke Arnold (3), Darryl Hammon (2), and Jack Harrison.

With Oxton Celtic already champions of Division Three, the chase is on for the other two promotion places. Wirral Athletic and Feeneys FC are the two favourites to gain promotion.

Wirral Athletic had the upper hand over Athletic VH, 3-1, via strikes from Danny Allen who notched a brace coupled with a Jamie Payne effort.

Feeneys FC hit the buffers slightly being held to a 3-3 draw with West Kirby United (Ben Banks, Olly Banks, Tom Fleming). Feeneys Marksmen were Mark Rand who bagged two, and a single from Lewis Griffin.

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