Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League round-up, 16 October 2022

Due to their involvement in The FA National Sunday Cup and both being on the wrong side of defeats by penalties Rock Ferry Social and Queens Park were both keen to get back to winning ways in the Cheshire County Football Association Sunday Challenge Cup.

Rock Ferry Social took a deserved lead midway through the first half via Kie Hughes. Queens Park equalised from an own goal that came from a long throw taken by Matty Maguire, but Rock Ferry defender Chay Dysart could only head it into his own net while attempting to clear it. There were further strikes from Ben Kerr and Joe Foster for The Queens men to take the honours.

Dock AFC eased through to the quarter-finals of the Wirral District Football Association Sunday Premier Cup with a 4-0 win over fellow league rivals Upton Town. Finding the net for Dock were Ben Wood, Greg Drummond, Cam McGregor, and Jake Hulley.

Action from the Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League saw the commencement of the four divisional cup competitions. Corsair PV FC – who have yet to register a league win – ran out 2-1 winners over Woodchurch Hotel FC, thanks to a Jason Bull double in the prestigious Veronica Conway Premier Cup.

A Luke Blondell hat-trick, supplemented by singles from Callum Blondell and Sam Boydell earned the decision for Neston Nomads 5-1 at KRCT Bidston FC (Ben Kearney) to secure their place in the last eight.

A very interesting cup tie took place in The Frank Robinson Presidents Cup 1st round with Cheshire Cheese (Nick Lynch, Sam Hughes, Alex Lowe) outgunning Wellington FC 3-0, while Woodchurch Rovers put themselves in the hat for round two at the expense of AFC Shaftes (Luke Rollings, Eddie Jebb) with Ryan Thompson, Karl Dobbs, Robbie Ellis, and Dava Harrison obliging 4-2.

Leon Jones led the way for Sheridans with a tremendous treble supported by a Josh Tattler strike to make progress in the Tony Smith Memorial Trophy to see off the challenge from Poulton Victoria S&S (Tom Wright, Jack Gordon) 4-2.

Whitby Rangers also secured their place in the hat for round two with a 2-0 win at Ridgewood Park against Barcodes FC, thanks to goal-getters Brad Bland and Dom Hoppe.

Prenton FC saw their passage into the quarter-finals 6-0 over Saughall FC, after Ian Sheridan claimed a hat-trick, Matty O’Shea with a pair, and a single from Leo Jones.

AFC Rangers had Shaun Anderson, Lewis McKnight, Luke Bryson, and Peter Casey on the scoresheet after securing a place in round two of The Jimmy Core Trophy 4-2 over Oval FC who replied through Ollie Nicholson and Simon Cook. It took a penalty shootout for Wirral Athletic to gain a place in the last eight after a 2-2 draw at AFC Raeburn. Wirral Athletic triumphed 5-4 on penalties.

It was the same scoreline between division three leaders West Kirby United and mid table North Wirral Saints (Tom Fleming, Sam Platt) with a giant killing act by Saints 4-3 on penalties.

Premier Division action for the Ryan ‘Gigsy’ Atherton Trophy saw last season’s runners up Great Float S&S defeat last season’s Division One Champions The Lukes 6-2, while the honours were shared between Lancelyn Glenavon (John Adediran) and strongly fancied Beechwood FC (Rob Cull, Mitch Duggan).

Just one game in the Maxwell Barbers Division One with Wirral Radio FC delivered a resounding 6-0 result over MSC Eastham, Connor Egan leading the way with a fabulous hat-trick, a fine treble from Suphot Thiamdong and a Cameron Kneen effort.

Victoria Colts recorded their first maximum points haul of the season to move off the bottom of Division Two with Kieran Davies, Gaz Dickenson, Robbie Campbell, and an own goal registering in a 4-1 win over AFC Park North who replied via Sean Meacham.

Barkers Armchair FC kept within striking distance of the top teams with a narrow 2-1 success at Glenavon Athletic (Lewis Stanley), a Darren Sutton penalty allied to a Louis Rice goal did the damage.

AFC Tima (Jack Grimes (2), Mark Goodacre) have recorded three 4-2 wins in the last three weeks and again have been involved with a six-goal thriller this time 3-3 sharing the spoils with Athletic VH.

Old Parks maintained their unbeaten run in Division Three posting a 3-2 win over Higher Bebington Kelma (Liam Atherton, Paddy Bell) with Adam Lamb carving out two strikes and a Jackson Smith effort.

The Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League are now accepting applications for a proposed Youth Division for the season 2023/24 that is scheduled to start in August 2024, any Youth clubs that wish to enter two teams can do so, one team will be known as 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

Premier Division

1Dock AFC76011810818
2Beechwood SC85301610618
3Queens Park640223111212
4Rock Ferry Social6330157812
5Great Float S&S73312116512
6Woodchurch Hotel63121611510
7Lancelyn Glenavon92341421-79
8Neston Nomads6222111018
9KRCT Bidston FC82062133-126
10The Lukes FC91081129-183
11Corsair PV6015917-81

Division One

1JPL Jets54011951412
2Bushell Athletic6321115611
3Cheshire Cheese6312138510
4Wirral Radio FC430112759
5Wellington FC5221151058
6Eastham Rangers Colts5221911-28
7Upton Town32108267
8Rig Move FC521211927
9MSC Eastham92161129-187
10AFC Shaftes8035824-163
11Woodchurch Rovers4013411-71

Division Two

1Sheridans FC65102872116
2Prenton FC74212151614
4Whitby Rangers54102222013
5Barkers Armchair FC7403917-812
6Barcode FC732297211
7Lions FC531186210
8Eagle & Stirrup FC63039639
9Victoria Colts8125827-195
10AFC Park North7106621-153
11Glenavon Athletic7106732-253
12Poulton Vics S&S7025825-172

Division Three

1West Kirby United853023111218
2Old Parks FC752022101217
3AFC Rangers84311914515
4Eastham Rangers84311612415
5Oval FC74121611513
6AFC Tima94142425-113
7H Bebington Kelma83232216611
8Parkgate Panthers7223161338
9Athletic VH722312938
10Parkgate St Germain5203914-56
11North Wirral Saints71151318-54
12Wirral Athletic71151536-214
13AFC Raeburn70161129-181

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