Cammell Laird 1907 defeated in Macron Cup Final

Playing in their third Macron Cup Final appearance, Lairds hoped to add this cup to the Wirral DFA Senior Cup won the other week.

However, this game proved to be one too far against Premier Division opponents Charnock Richard who showed more composure at vital times in an enthralling match.

Starting on the front foot, Lairds created the better chances, but good defending by the home defence prevented a breakthrough. Charnock then created some scary moments for the Lairds back line, but Lairds always looked dangerous on the counter.

As the half looked to be ending goalless Charnock created havoc in the 44th minute and as the ball reached the edge of the box it was rifled goalwards and evaded the dive of Nathan Davidson to creep into the far corner for 1-0 interval lead.

The second period started badly for Lairds as Charnock increased their lead within five minutes which deflated the lads in blue. Their enterprise shown in the first half diminished as they relied totally on breakaways.

But despite the work rate of Jay Harvey, Ryan Smith, Jake Hulley and Kieran Hamm, chances became few and far between. As tired legs began to show Charnock increased the pressure on the gallant underdogs and netted a further three goals to seal the trophy for the first time and left Lairds to rue their early missed chances.

Lairds however deserve praise for reaching the final against the odds and defeating other Premier Division teams on the way.

They will hope to be back to their combative best next Saturday when they travel to play FC Isle of Man at their national stadium, called the Bowl, in the North West Counties First Division Cup Final and again will be hoping to upset the odds and bring home yet another prestigious trophy for their manager Stuart Kier and hardworking club secretary Toddy Wood.

Image: The team when they won the Wirral District FA Senior Cup

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