Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League round-up, 2 October 2022

Great Float Sports & Social sank fellow premier division rivals and Cup Holders Woodchurch Hotel in the first round proper of The Wirral District Football Association Sunday Premier Cup 2-1, Jake Prescott netted for Woodchurch Hotel.

Float will be joined in the hat with Beechwood FC who progressed via a Mitchell Duggan brace and a Nathan Johnston goal 3-0 over Neston Nomads.

Lancelyn Glenavon secured their place in round two with a 2-0 success against Wallasey Wanderers, Connor Courtnell and Danny Dixon did the all-important damage. KRCT Bidston had Billy New in fine form with his shooting boots bagging four, with further strikes from Liam Siddorn, John Mearns, and Ben Kearney, their victims were AFC Shaftes.

Queens Park played host to PLCC and crowned a fine 4-0 performance to claim a place in the last eight. Kian Hamm notched a double with singles from Joe Foster and Tom Black.

Also into the quarter-finals are The Lukes (Ben Crossley, Tom Taft, John Strange, Dan O’Halloran) after seeing off the challenge from Rig Move FC 4-1.

The seventh Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday League team through is Rock Ferry Social (Joe Whittle, Connor Doyle, Liam Driscoll) after a narrow 3-2 win over Corsair FC (Kieran Cartwright, James Bayley).

There will be eight clubs in the quarter-finals from the league, as one more cup tie is to be decided on Sunday 16 October between two teams from the Houlihan’s League.

Clubs from the league were not as fortunate in The Wirral District Sunday Amateur Cup with only three teams making it into round two. Most notable was current holders Wellington FC who overcame AFC Park North 7-0 thanks to Ellis Byrne (2), Lewis Dixon, Billy Rainbow (2), Louis O’Brien, and Declan Kinnear.

A Carl Hamm double for JPL Jets was just enough to knock out Bushell Athletic 2-1, while Whitby Rangers hit Barkers Armchair for six; on the score sheet were six individual scorers, Gabe Kwateng, Matty Vickers, Brad Bland, Dom Hoppe, Rowan Whelan, and Nat Lightfoot. Replying for Armchair was Darren Sutton in a 6-1 result.

Despite finishing 1-1 at the end of normal time, Lions FC dipped out 5-4 on penalties. losing to Liscard Panthers.

Cheshire Cheese (Nick Lynch) bowed out to JASGA FC 2-1. Barcode lost to The Gun FC 2-0, and Victoria Colts were defeated 2-0 at Vineyard FC.

One cup-tie that was held over from The Tony Houlihan Memorial Challenge Cup saw Glenavon Athletic make progress to round two with a 6-2 result over Parkgate Panthers (Alex Butterworth 2). Finding the net for Glenavon Athletic were Alex Weston (2), Nathan Patrick (3), and Andrew Mackay.

A local derby took place in The Maxwell Barbers Division One between Eastham Rangers Colts and MSC Eastham; a Dillon Thomas double was just enough to seal the points for Eastham Rangers Colts in a 2-1 win over MSC Eastham who responded via Brandon Thomas.

Wirral Radio scalped Woodchurch Rovers with a pair from Josh Ross and a Matt Lydiate effort. Sheridans FC (Leon Jones, Robbie Williams) and Saughall FC (Tom Ashcroft, Andy Noonan) both recorded 2-1 away wins at Eagle Stirrup FC (Jack Gibson) and Poulton Victoria S&S (Dan Price) respectfully in Division Two.

Both victorious teams are only separated by goal difference with Whitby Rangers sandwiched between them.

West Kirby United (Ben Moffat, Robert Nairn, Finlay Austin) maintained pole position in Division Three registering another fine win when visiting North Wirral Saints (Callum Sait, Tom Fleming) 3-2.

AFC Rangers kept up the pressure at the top posting a comfortable 7-3 scoreline at Parkgate Saint Germain (Luke Hall, Jake Robert’s, Jake Hennel) thanks to a hattrick hero Billy Newman leading the way added to singles from Colin Singleton, Chris Caress, David Duttfield, and Jack Cook.

Eastham Rangers (Kieran Hodgson, Jordan Crowder pen) moved into third place, notching a 2-0 result at Higher Bebington Kelma.

AFC Tima (Kyle Pulford, Mark Goodacre, Cam Jones, Jack Grimes) registered a second consecutive 4-2 win over an excellent sporting side AFC Raeburn FC (Karl Stinchcomb, Dan Piggott). Athletic VH accounted for Oval FC (John Skipsey) 2-1

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

1.DOCK FC72014006011810818
2.BEECHWOOD FC7110410520148617
3.QUEENS PARK FC620120140223111212
4.WOODCHURCH HOTEL FC6020310330157812
5.ROCK FERRY SOCIAL62121003121611510
6.GREAT FLOAT SPORTS & SOCIAL FC6011220231151419
7.NESTON NOMADS6101121222111018
8.LANCELYN GLENAVON80112132241219-78
9.KRCT BIDSTON FC81051012062133-126
10.THE LUKES FC8105002107923-143
11.CORSAIR PV6013002015917-81

Division One

1.JPL JETS41003004001831512
2.BUSHELL ATHLETIC6211110321115611
3.WELLINGTON FC5120101221151058
4.EASTHAM RANGERS COLTS5211010221911-28
5.UPTON TOWN FC31001102108267
6.CHESHIRE CHEESE FC510111121211747
7.RIG MOVE SERVICES FC510111121211927
8.MSC EASTHAM80022132151123-127
9.WIRRAL RADIO FC210100010147-33
10.AFC SHAFTES7021013034822-143
11.WOODCHURCH ROVERS4012001013411-71

Division Two

1.SAUGHALL FC62112004112662013
2.WHITBY RANGERS FC51103004102222013
3.SHERIDANS FC51103004102261613
4.PRENTON FC62001213211941511
5.BARCODE FC631001132185311
6.LIONS FC41001112116517
7.EAGLE & STIRRUP FC520100220356-16
8.BARKERS ARMCHAIR FC5201002203615-96
9.AFC PARK NORTH5002102104617-113
10.GLENAVON ATHLETIC5002102104626-203
11.POULTON VICS S&S6023001024622-162
12.VICTORIA COLTS6002022024725-182

Division Three

1.WEST KIRBY UNITED71004205202191217
2.AFC RANGERS82012304311914515
3.EASTHAM RANGERS82212104311612415
4.OLD PARKS FC62102104201981114
5.OVAL FC71123004121611513
6.AFC TIMA82012034042122-112
7.HIGHER BEBINGTON KELMA6121101222161248
8.PARKGATE PANTHERS6111102213141137
9.ATHLETIC VH61111022139637
10.PARKGATE ST GERMAIN5202001203914-56
11.WIRRAL ATHLETIC70131021151532-174
12.NORTH WIRRAL SAINTS6004011015918-91
13.AFC RAEBURN60020130151025-151

Image: Liscard Panthers v Lions FC. Credit: Bob Shaw

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