Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League round-up, 10 April 2022

A solitary Billy New strike was just enough for KRCT FC to secure their second Cup Final appearence, having already got a date in The Tony Smith Memorial Cup. This week it was in the David Keith Tacy Cup.

They await the winners of next weeks’ semi-final between MSC Eastham and Saughall. It was Bushell Grange Athletic that were the victims this week. KRCT were aiming for a domestic treble but their league form came off track with three defeats in four games with the latter being a 3-2 reversal at fellow promotion-chasing Wellington FC in midweek in a fabulous game of football.

KRCT took the lead only for Wellington to hit back and take the lead. KRCT drew level at 2-2, but Wellington’s never-say-die attitude scored a decisive winner and Joe Kelly completed his superb hattrick.

MSC Eastham (Cal Whiting) claimed their place in the David Tacy semi-final after a 5-4 win on a penalty shootout after the game finished at 1-1 with Bromborough Rake.

Woodchurch Hotel took the honours in a derby clash in the Tony Houlihan Memorial Cup semi-final after the normal regulatory time finished 0-0 with Beechwood FC. Woodchurch Hotel earned the second final of the season winning 5-4 on penalties, they will meet Corsair in the final on 22 May at Ashville FC on for a 2.00pm kick off,

The first of the Wirral District Football Association Cup finals took place with Oval FC losing to a very strong The Gun FC 4-0 from the Wallasey Sunday League,

A Charlie MacInnes strike was all it took for Rock Ferry Social to take a further step to that first ever Premier Division title. They only require seven points to be mathematically certain from their six remaining games. They beat Cheshire Cup finalists Neston Nomads 1-0.

Great Float S&S earned maximum points thanks to Dan Murphy, Lee Bridge and Tom Harris 3-2 at Corsair FC (Leon Clarke, Lewis Clarke) 3-2, over the past few seasons it was either Queens Park or Dock AFC who had their name on the Ryan ‘Giggsy’ Atherton Premier Division Trophy but they are in mid-table this season and met last Sunday and shared the spoils with a 0-0 draw.

Will Bulpin, Jack Maybury, Ben Cossley, Ben Kearney and Ash Power were on the mark for The Lukes and stayed on course for a second team from Rock Ferry to win their respective Division. They ran out 5-0 winners and were a cut above AFC Shaftes in Division One. Lukes only require five points from the remaining 12 available.

Upton Town went on the goal rampage with a 6-0 rout at the expense of Lions FC, with Callum Mernock leading the way with a fine hattrick supplemented by a brace from Lian Healey and a single from Tom Murphy.

Upton Town have a Cup Final appearance booked in the Presidents Cup Final and aiming for the second promotion spot but they have tough competition from Bromborough Rake and Bushell Grange Athletic.

Action from Division Two saw free-scoring Wellington FC take another step towards a treble, having two cup finals to look forward to in the coming weeks, They eased through to another win 6-0 over Eagle Stirrup and still remain the only unbeaten team in the league.

Lewis Gouldson 2, Ellis Byrne 2, Kieran and Ben Travis did the damge. There will be plenty of games for Wellington as they have two and three games in hand on the teams above them. They were helped with JPL Jets and New Ferry Rangers trading goals and sharing the points 1-1 in midweek.

It is a four-way tussle in the final run in for the clubs battling out for supremacy with only three clubs gauranted promotion. Prenton FC had their chances of promotion dented in midweek with a 3-0 reversal at Victoria Colts got back to winning ways with a 3-1 verdict at Barcodes FC (Alex Tucker), a Jake Thompson double and a single from Tom Molloy recorded were the marksmen for Prenton.

Whitby Rangers continued their good form in Division Three after two early-season losses and are now only three points behind leaders AFC Park North, both having played 16 games each with six matches to go.

Whitby Accounted for Oval FC 5-2 in midweek and a comfortable 3-0 success over Parkgate St Germain thanks to Leo Young, Matty Vickers, and Brad Bland.

Seven clubs are chasing the top three promotion spots. In pole position is AFC Park North who defeated Parkgate St Germain 3-0 in midweek. AFC Tima lost ground having to share the points with AFC Raeburn FC 1-1. There were mixed results for Old Parks who dipped 2-1 to West Kirby United (Akil Thiruselvan 2) after a notching a 3-0 win at AFC Rangers earlier in the week.

The Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League are now accepting applications for the new season that is scheduled to start in August 2022 in both Open Age and Youth. Any Youth clubs that wish to enter two teams can do so, one team will be known Youth U/18’s and a second-team is normally known as a Colts U/17’s. Please visit the League website for contact details.

Midweek Results – 5 April 2022
Division Two
Glenavon Athletic 03 Saughall FC
JPL Jets 11 New Ferry Rangers
KRCT FC 23 Wellington FC
Victoria Colts 30 Prenton FC
Division Three
AFC Park North 30 Parkgate St Germain
Whitby Rangers 52 Oval FC
Sunday Results – 10 April 2022
Premier Division
Corsair FC 23 Great Float S&S
Queens Park FC 00 Dock AFC
Rock Ferry Social 10 Neston Nomads
Division One
AFC Shaftes 05 The Lukes FC
Upton Town 60 Lions FC
Division Two
Barcode FC 13 Prenton FC
Wellington FC 60 Eagle Stirrup
Division Three
AFC Raeburn 11 AFC Tima
Barkers Armchair FC 42 AFC Rangers
Old Parks FC 12 West Kirby United
Whitby Rangers 30 Parkgate St Germain
Wirral Athletic 01 North Wirral Saints
Wirral Junior Cup Final
Oval FC 04 The Gun FC
Tony Houlihan Memorial Challenge Cup – Semi Final
Woodchurch Hotel FC 0 (5)(4) 0 Beechwood FC
David Tacy Cup – Rnd 4
Bromborough Rake 1 (4)(5) 1 MSC Eastham
David Tacy Cup – Rnd 5
KRCT FC 10 Bushell Grange Athletic

Premier Division Table

1ROCK FERRY SOCIAL14701510121147163137
2WOODCHURCH HOTEL FC1250132182233151826
3GREAT FLOAT S&S131127028142925425
4RIVACRE FC1250130380436201624
5CORSAIR FC144133037162829-122
6DOCK AFC1121232153330161418
7BEECHWOOD FC142322324643528718
8QUEENS PARK FC152332144473134-316
9NESTON NOMADS1631511542103146-1514
10FC BIDSTON1520601621122271-497
11LANCELYN GLENAVON1402411613101638-226

Division One Table

1THE LUKES FC14800501130143103339
2BUSHELL GRANGE ATHLETIC1441250291435201528
3UPTON TOWN143144027163325822
4BROMBOROUGH RAKE1040121261328161219
5NESTON UNITED143143036173339-619
6WIRRAL RADIO FC132034046072726118
7WOODCHURCH ROVERS111124125242421317
8AFC SHAFTES163052245292840-1217
9POULTON VICS S&S142122074192337-1413
10LIONS FC1410801411121454-404

Division Two Table

1NEW FERRY RANGERS16711520123147123539
2JPL JETS16530611114143212237
3KRCT FC15603600120380215936
4WELLINGTON FC1361051011205794835
5PRENTON FC1650240590750321827
6SAUGHALL FC144152026174034619
7MSC EASTHAM163143056193537-219
8VICTORIA COLTS133112155262034-1417
9EAGLE STIRRUP FC152132164292452-2814
10SILVA ATHLETIC1810621831142184-6310
11BARCODE FC1821602723131755-389
12GLENAVON ATHLETIC1611602613121861-436

Division Three Table

1AFC PARK NORTH16700801150149212845
2WHITBY RANGERS16800602140281245742
3AFC TIMA166212238443728928
4OLD PARKS FC164232236463128322
5OVAL FC154023157173142-1122
6NORTH WIRRAL SAINTS1321334055334231120
7BARKERS ARMCHAIR FC134232026253126520
8WEST KIRBY UTD163053146194241119
9PARKGATE ST GERMAIN1731321752102941-1217
10AFC RANGERS2032420952133565-3017
11WIRRAL ATHLETIC151172223392453-2912
12AFC RAEBURN1502510712122456-325

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