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DEGA AT THE DOUBLE FOR UNITOR
Newly crowned CWFL Queesnferry Premier Division champions, Unitor FC lifted the Northern Cup in dramatic fashion on Saturday by putting in a brilliant display as they showed courage, guts and determination to lift the Trophy against Cheshire league side Upton Blues.
Despite going in at half time 2-0 down, Unitor struck back early in the second half, when Matty Maguire scored from the spot and then a John Mearns through ball put Derek Taylor in on goal who slotted it past the keeper to make it 2-2. Two minutes later Upton Blues regained the lead before Danny Whitehead made it 3-3 from close range to take the game to extra time.
With the first half of extra time drawing to an end, Upton scored again to lead 4-3. Then in the second period of extra time, the game was slipping away from Unitor as they were reduced to 10 men but with only four minutes left on the clock, Man of the Match Derek “Dega” Taylor controlled and fired low from 18 yards to send the Unitor line wild as the game finished 4-4 which meant the game was to be decided by penalties.
More drama ensued in the shootout but Taylor, Clarke, Maguire, Jones and Hodson all scored from the spot to win it for Unitor in an astonishing game all this was made even sweeter as just before lifting the trophy, news filtered through that they had also won the league title for a brilliant double. Congratulations to Unitor.
On Monday night in the CWFL Tarvin Precision Vets Division 1, Mersey Royal hosted Hooton Vets in atitle decider at Shaftsbury’s Memorial ground. A game in which both teams gave their all and put on agreat display in a real throw back. It took a great strike from twenty-five yards by Terry Cotgrave tobreak the deadlock as Royal went ahead, only for Peter McNulty to hit an equally impressive strike fromthe same distance to make it 1-1. With both teams going for the winner, it was Andy Appleton whostruck for serial winners Mersey Royal and clinch the title.
Wednesday night in the CWFL Queensferry Premier Division saw Unitor travel to the cauldron that is Cairns Crescent (Blacon FC) to face Waggon & Horses as they looked to wrap up the Premier Division title.
Early in the second half Waggon deservedly went ahead, but Unitor struck back and equalized when Derek Taylor volleyed home from a Danny Whitehead cut back. Unitor now had the momentum and another fine solo effort from Taylor gave Unitor the lead before John Mearns broke through the Waggon defence to bury the third before Taylor wrapped up the points when he curled home a superb free kick to make it 4-1 and bag a brilliant hattrick.
Higher Bebington Kelma fired eight past Cestrian Alex, Shaun Burgess bagged a hattrick, Andy Simpson a brace plus singles from Andy Noonan, Greg Biggs plus an own goal.
Shaftesbury, fresh from last Saturday’s Cup final win, were brought crashing back down to earth as they lost by the odd goal in five against Hooton, Paul Kane Netting a brace for Shafts with Liam Smith, Will Bulpin and Matt Redmond netting for Hooton.
On Saturday in the CWFL Queensferry Premier Division, Higher Bebington Kelma finished off their season in style as they claimed second spot with a 3-1 win away at Neston Nomads Reserves whilst Waggon and Horses fell to a 5-1 defeat against Hoole Rangers FC.
In the CWFL Tarvin Precision Vets Division 3, Ellesmere Port Town Vets made it 12 wins from 12 as they put seven past second-placed West Kirby Vets.
In the CWFL Neston Monday night Flexi Cup, Last Dancers put four past Tigers as Andy Griffiths helped himself to a hattrick as Lee Dunbar also struck for Dancers. Red Cat beat Athletic VH on penalties after the game finished 1-1.
In the CWFL Blacon Monday night Flexi Cup, Uber put three past Hoole with Uber’s goals coming from Jordan Jones, Joe Wilson and Aaron Rowland. Newton hammered Northwest Brom 7-0 with Liam Bradley hitting a brace and singles from Adam Pownall, Ben Woodman, Jake Zahringer, James Collinson and Dale Young.
In the CWFL EP Monday Night Flexi League, Jack Pickering with a brace and a Jack Sailes single gave Ship the points against Sutton as they ran out 3-1 winners with Sutton replying through Klaudio Zaglewski.
League tables to follow.
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