Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League round-up, 16 January

There was more success for clubs from The Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League in The Cheshire County Football association Sunday Challenge Cup, with another four clubs into the last 8 of the competition. So far that is five teams from seven that have progressed to the quarter finals.

Leading the way with yet another outstanding performance and the third time in consecutive rounds Neston Nomads had to travel to a tricky away tie deep into Cheshire. There were no troubles for Neston after inflicting a 5-1 defeat on a very physical The Bridge FC thanks to a Casey Smith Hatrick and singles from Luke Blondel and Ollie Dutton.

Bromborough Rake was the second team to travel and came back with a 3-2 win from their trip to Sale United – OG, Kie Hughes and Kie Delaney were on the scoresheet,

Rivacre FC was the third side that had to travel away and they sailed to victory to sink Adswood United 7-1. A local clash saw Rock Ferry Social demolish Lancelyn Glenavon (Danny Dixon) 4-1 with Adam (Sabu) Smith 2, Liam Driscoll and Scott Connelly doing the all-important damage.

There will be a sixth guaranteed team from the league as Great Float S&S will clash with local rivals Corsair FC next Sunday, while Dock AFC will play the final round three tie on Sunday 30 January that could be a seven out of eight for local teams.

Dock AFC bowed out of the Football Association National Sunday Challenge Cup after a brilliant game in front of an excellent crowd, at the home of Cammell Lairds. Adam Bagley & Adam Hughes gave Dock a 2-1 halftime lead. Campfield regained the lead to go 3-2 up but with 5 minutes left on the clock Matty Carlin equalised, everyone was then thinking penalties but straight away Campfield went straight down the other end to gain a penalty and it was converted. A superb match came to an end in the final minute when Campfield sealed their win 5-3.

Wellington FC marched into the final of the Wirral District Football Association Sunday Amateur Cup with a narrow 5-4 win over Vauxhall Motors Vets thanks to a fine treble from Ben Dufton-Kelly, and one each for Lewis Gouldson and Lewis Willingham. They will meet Sheridans in the final from The Wallasey Sunday League who outfought Poulton Victoria S&S (Jacob Wedderburn) 4-1,

Domestic Cup action saw Corsair FC earn a place in round 4 of The Tony Houlihan Memorial Challenge Cup after a Kieran Cartwright strike was just enough to separate the teams 1-0 over Victoria Colts.

Queens Park called the tune with a comfortable 7-2 win over Wirral Radio (Jack Gibson, Connor Egan.) Finding the net for Queens Park were Harvey Sample and Tom Black both with a brace each and further efforts from Jordan Martin, Lewis Haddock & Liam Owen. Also in the draw for the quarter-finals is Woodchurch Hotel (Danny McLaughlin, Fynlee Eason, Josh Sheridan 2, Ross Rule, Jake Prescott, Shay Roberts) who eased through 8-1 over Wirral Athletic (Nathan Rule.)

MSC Eastham (Jay Murphy) made their passage through to round three of The David Tacy Memorial Cup after finishing 1-1 at normal regulatory time with AFC Park North to take the tie on a penalty shootout,

KRCT FC (Dava Bowe 2, Stu Hardman 2, Brad Brady, Ant Gardner) secured a place in the Semi Finals of The Tony Smith Memorial Cup with a 6-1 verdict at Saughall FC.

Division Three basement club AFC Raeburn recorded a superb win in the Jimmy Core Memorial Cup 4-1 over Oval FC. Raeburn’s goal-getters were Joe Atherton, Matty Amey, Oli Cowdroy plus an OG.

Only one league game from the Premier Division saw Great Float Sports & Social sink Beechwood FC (Mitch Duggan, Tom Gray) to dent their chances of challenging for the title 3-2.

The Lukes (Declan Iverson, Ben Kearney pen) maintained pole position in Division One registering a 2-0 away win at Upton Town and still hold a nine-point advantage from Bushell Grange Athletic who have a game in hand. Bushell’s Farris Baker scored two headed goals and superb marksman Ben Glover notching the third in a 3-1 win at AFC Shaftes who replied with a wonderful free-kick from Eddie Jebb. Neston United (Ben Pearson, Chris Bushell, Liam Jeacock) accounted for Lions FC 3-0.

Prenton FC shot down JPL Jets (Kevin Day, Callum Lavelle) in Division Two to dent their promotion prospects thank to Luke Wynne with a pair and a Danny Amis strike. New Ferry Rangers stayed on course for a promotion spot with a 6-2 verdict over Eagle Stirrup FC (Carl Griffiths, Finnley Hammill) while Silva Athletic (Samuel Davies, Kal Mwandwe) notched only their second maximum haul of points 3-0 at Barcodes.

Whitby Rangers made hard work for themselves in their push to maintain a promotion place only in Division Three beating West Kirby United (Ethan Cartwright 2 James Shaw) by the odd goal in seven 4-3. Chipping with the goals for Whitby were Gabe Kwateng with a brace and singles from Matty Vickers and Liam O’Brien. Parkgate St Germain (Johny Gibson 2, Jake Hennel) inflicted a rare defeat on AFC Tima 3-1 and may have put paid to playing Division Two soccer next season. AFC Rangers (Darren Caplin< Chris Caress) shared the spoils with North Wirral Saints 2-2.

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.

Shaftes. Credit: The Old and The New
Bushell Grange. Credit: The Old and The New

Premier Division
Beechwood FC 23 Great Float S&S
Division 1
AFC Shaftes 13 Bushell Grange Athletic
Lions FC 03 Neston United
U[pton Town 02 The Lukes FC
Division 2
Barcode FC 03 Silva Athletic
New Ferry Rangers 62 Eagle Styirrup FC
Prenton FC 32 JPL Jets
Division 3
AFC Rangers 22 North Wirral Saints
Parkgate St Germain 31 AFC Tima
West Kirby United 34 Whitby Rangers
FA National Sunday Cup – Round 2
Dock AFC 35 Campfield
Cheshire County FA Sunday Cup – Round 3
Adswood United 17 Rivacre FC
Rock Ferry Social 41 Lanclyn Glenavon
Sale Utd 23 Bromborough Rake
The Bridge FC 15 Neston Nomads
Wirral Amateur Cup – Semi Final
Sheridans FC 41 Poulton Victoria S&S
Wellington FC 54 Vauxhall Motors Vets
Tony Houlihan Memorial Challenge Cup – Round 3
Corsair FC 10 Victoria Colts
Wirral Radio FC 27 Queens Park FC
Woodchurch Hotel FC 81 Wirral Athletic
David Tacy Memorial Trophy – Round 2
AFC Park North1 (6)(7) 1 MSC Eastham
Tony Smith Cup – Round 2
Saughall FC 16 KRCT FC
Jimmy Core Memorial Trophy – Round 1
AFC Raeburn 41 Oval FC
Wallasey Village FC PP Barkers Armchair FC

Premier Division Table

1Rock Ferry Social861124121219
2Dock AFC952230151517
3Woodchurch Hotel95222113817
4Rivacre FC850327151215
5Queens Park104332617915
6Corsair FC95041716115
7Beechwood SC113533023714
8Great Float S&S94141821-313
9Neston Nomads103161927-810
10FC Bidston91171554-394
11Lancelyn Glenavon8026923-142

Division One Table

1The Lukes FC1110013282430
2Bushell Grange Athletic1070325151021
3AFC Shaftes115152425-116
4Bromborough Rake FC850322121015
5Neston United94142126-513
6Upton Town94051820-212
7Poulton Vics S&S7304141409
8Woodchurch Rovers72231516-18
9Wirral Radio FC82061422-86
10Lions FC101091037-273

Division Two Table

2Wellington FC97203973223
3New Ferry Rangers97113092122
4JPL Jets962127131420
5MSC Eastham115062928115
7Victoria Colts9315925-1610
8Prenton FC83051821-39
9Eagle & Stirrup FC73041524-99
10Silva Athletic9207743-366
11Barcode FC101181136-254
12Glenavon Athletic101181440-264

Division Three Table

1AFC Park North1090127141327
2Whitby Rangers1080256183824
3Barkers Armchair FC116232416820
4North Wirral Saints952228161217
5AFC Tima95132315816
6Old Parks FC105142219316
7Oval FC95041928-915
8AFC Rangers124262138-1714
9Wirral Athletic92341932-139
10West Kirby United102172429-57
11Parkgate St Germain72141016-67
12Wallasey Village91261322-95
13AFC Raeburn90181336-231

Main mage credit: RF._.studio

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