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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
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