Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League round-up, 13 February

Rivacre FC made it 3 out of 4 teams for The Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League into the Cheshire County Football Association Sunday Challenge Cup.

Rivacre beat local Premier Division rivals Rock Ferry Social on penalties. Jay Harvey put Rivacre 1-0 up after good work from Michael Burkey, who got past his man to send over a superb cross for Jay to leap high and head firmly into the net.

Jay Harvey notched his and Rivacre’s 2nd from the penalty spot midway through the 1st half. Johnny Breeze got one back for Rock Ferry Social also from the penalty spot just before half time.

Rivacre had plenty of chances to put the tie to bed early in the second half but the Rock boys scored a dramatic equaliser 5 minutes before the end, after a free-kick that wasn’t fully cleared. It was left to Liam Driscoll to get the ball over the line.

Both teams scored the mandatory 5 penalties each, Rock Ferry Social missed their sixth and then Rivacre converted their penalty to win 6-5.

Rivacre FC will now play fellow Premier Division rivals Dock AFC in one of the semi-finals at The Shaftesbury Memorial Ground on Sunday 6 March. The second semi-final will be between Neston Nomads, who won their tie last week, and AFC Prestbury who knocked out a valiant Bromborough Rake 2-1 on a very difficult pitch. Connor Hughes was the marksman for Bromborough Rake.

Domestic cup action saw Lewis Wellingham hit a last-minute winner for Wellington FC and also the only goal of the game to shoot down JPL Jets in The Tony Houlihan Memorial Challenge Cup 3rd round tie and to claim their place in the quarter-finals.

At the fourth attempt, North Wirral Saints and Glenavon Athletic were able to compete in their David Keith Tacy Memorial Cup 2nd round with Glenavon running out winners 3-0 thanks to Mike Roberts with a brace and a single from Dave Roberts.

It was a similar story for Saughall FC and Oval FC with the 4th attempt, Saughall FC advanced to the last 16 with strikes from Owen Wharton, Scott Nickson, and Tom Ashcroft. Oval FC replied with goals from Kane Wilson and Patrick Bell,

Third round action saw a Ben Glover effort for Bushell Grange Athletic put them in the hat for the quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over New Ferry Rangers. MSC Eastham (Jack Woods) also proggressed to the last 8 after winning their tie on penalties 3-1 against Victoria Colts. The score was level at 1-1 at 90 minutes of regulatory time.

The Lukes called the tune with a 4-2 success over Wirral Radio (Dillon Thomas, Connor Egan) and claimed a spot in the draw. Will Bulpin with a double and singles from Ben Kearney and Elliss Jones doing the damage.

Queens Park, who have lifted the beautiful Veronica Conway Premier Cup on 12 occasions, earned a place in the semi-finals of the competition after inflicting a 5-3 defeat on Corsair FC (James Bayley, Lewis Clarke 2.) Finding the net for Queens Park were Harvey Sample with a hat-trick, supported by further strikes from Liam Owen and Max Herbert.

Neston United had a comfortable 4-0 win at Lions FC in the Presidents Cup quarter finals with singles from Liam Peacock, Joe Ward, Josh Davidson and Chris Bushell.

A Ben Kierman treble and a Matthew Langford strike for Old Parks FC produced a slightly surprising result in the Jimmy Core Cup defeating highly fancied Whitby Rangers 4-2 (Tom Ruffer, Rowan Whelan) confirming a place in the semi-finals.

Also through to the semi-finals are Barkers Armchair FC who eased through their quarter-final tie with a 6-0 result over AFC Raeburn, thanks to Lee Doyle 2, Jack Catterall, Mike Searson, Chris Sutcliffe and Louis Brown.

There could be a new name on The Ryan ‘Gigsy’ Atherton Premier Division Trophy with a solitary goal from Tommy Harris for Great Float Sports & Social sinking early season leaders Dock AFC 1-0. Dock who are the current holders and have 10 Titles to date will not give up their crown so easily in the coming weeks.

It looks like a five-team race at the moment, with one of the most exciting ends to a season for many years. With other teams playing in various cup competitions, Woodchurch Hotel FC took full advantage with a thumping 7-1 win over Cheshire Cup semi-finalists Neston Nomads (Luke Blondel.) Finding their names on the scoresheet were Shay Roberts, Keith Lewis, Jordan Deer 2, Ben Holmes 2, and Stewy Jackson. It was a bad day for Nomads who brought the score back to 2-1 but fell apart in the 2nd half against a quality team.

A mid-table clash in Division One saw Poulton Victoria Sports & Social earn maximum points as they hosted AFC Shaftes (Anthony Povall.) Goal getters for Vics were Tom Price with a pair and a Jay Little single. It was sweet revenge for Poulton as they were well beaten in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.

AFC Park North maintained pole position in Division Three with a fine 4-2 win at AFC Rangers (Billy Newman, Dave Martin.) On the mark for the leaders were Leighton Clarke 2, Harry Morris, and Tyler Gill.

AFC Tima have kept up their recent run of good form and are hoping to clinch the third promotion place after recording a 4-1 scorline at Wirral Athletic (Aaron Thomas.) Helping themselves for that push were Mike Redgrift, Phil Bibby, Jack Grimes and Mark Redgrift.

In a mid-table clash, there were more goals with West Kirby United (Ben Austin, Harvey Dean, Ethan Cartwright 2) taking the honours in a seven-goal thriller 4-3 over Parkgate St Germain (Sean Lunt 2, Luke Hall.)

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.

Rock Ferry Social v Rivacre FC Credit: The Old and The New
Rock Ferry Social. Credit: The Old and The New
Rivacre FC. Credit: The Old and The New
Premier Division
Dock AFC 01 Great Float S&S
Woodchurch Hotel FC 71 Neston Nomads
Division 1
Poulton Victoria S&S 31 AFC Shaftes
Division 2
Eagle Stirrup FC 00 Barcode FC
Prenton FC 51 Silva Athletic
Division 3
AFC Rangers 24 AFC Park North
Parkgate St Germain 34 West Kirby Utd
Wirral Athletic 14 AFC Tima
Cheshire Sunday Cup – Quarter Final
AFC Prestbury 21 Bromborough Rake
Rock Ferry Social 2 (5)(6) 2 Rivacre FC
Tony Houlihan Memorial Challenge Cup – Rnd 3
JPL Jets 01 Wellington FC
David Tacy Cup – Round 2
North Wirral Saints 03 Glenavon Athletic
Saughall FC 32 Oval FC
David Tacy Cup – Round 3
Bushell Grange Athletic 10 New Ferry Rangers
MSC Eastham 1 (3)(1) 1 Victoria Colts
The Lukes FC 42 Wirral Radio FC
Veronica Conway Cup – Round 2
Corsair FC 35 Queens Park FC
President’s Cup – Round 2
Lions FC 0 4 Neston UnitedP Whitby Rangers
Jimmy Core Cup – Round 2
Barkers Armchair FC 60 AFC Raeburn
Old Parks FC 42 Whitby Rangers

Premier Division Table

1Woodchurch Hotel1172233151823
2Rock Ferry Social971127131422
3Great Float S&S116142323019
4Rivacre FC960330161418
5Dock AFC1052330161417
6Beechwood SC1245333231017
7Queens Park124352925415
8Corsair FC105051719-215
9Neston Nomads134182739-1213
10Lancelyn Glenavon101271328-155
11FC Bidston111191964-454

Division One Table

1The Lukes FC1211013692733
2Bushell Grange Athletic127142720722
3Bromborough Rake FC1061328161219
4AFC Shaftes145272733-617
5Upton Town115152422216
6Neston United114162232-1013
7Poulton Vics S&S94051918112
8Wirral Radio FC104061923-412
9Woodchurch Rovers83231818011
10Lions FC1110101342-293

Division Two Table

2New Ferry Rangers108113192225
3Wellington FC97203973223
4JPL Jets1072132141823
5MSC Eastham125162928116
6Prenton FC105053122915
8Eagle & Stirrup FC103251733-1611
9Victoria Colts9315925-1610
10Silva Athletic122010964-556
11Barcode FC1312101340-275
12Glenavon Athletic111191448-344

Division Three Table

1AFC Park North13120136181836
2Whitby Rangers12100263214230
3AFC Tima1061325151019
4Barkers Armchair FC125252724317
5Old Parks FC115242522317
6North Wirral Saints1043330201015
7AFC Rangers1541102448-2413
8Parkgate St Germain94051416-212
9Oval FC94051527-1212
10West Kirby United113172833-510
11Wirral Athletic102352036-169
12AFC Raeburn100191340-271

Main image credit: RF._.studio

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