The last time there was a full capacity season for Clubs in the Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League, Dock AFC won three trophies; The Cheshire County Football Association Sunday Challenge Cup, The Wirral District Football Association Sunday Premier Cup, and The Veronica Conway Premier Cup.
This season so far Dock have completed two-thirds of that treble. They won the Cheshire Cup last Sunday by defeating fellow Premier Division rivals Neston United 2-0. Kieran Holsgrove supplied two identical free kicks, with the first being met by Matty Carlin and the second was converted by Kieran Hamm.
The first trophy was won in midweek after a game when both Dock and Great Float cancelled out each other with limited efforts for both sides.
An Adam Lea chance early in the second half gave Dock their seventh success in the Veronica Conway Premier Cup.
Dock AFC will be looking to equal that treble of three years ago, when they will be challenged by Woodchurch Hotel at Cammell Lairds Ground on Wednesday 27 April for a 7.00pm kick off in the Wirral Premier Cup. An interesting game with a good congregation is expected,
A solitary strike from Charlie Macinnes for Rock Ferry Social has almost steered them to their maiden Premier Division Championship, The Ryan ‘Giggsy’ Atherton Trophy. One more point is required to seal it but they have far superior goal difference.
To make it a Rock Ferry double, The Lukes will hope to win on Tuesday to lift the Division One Championship and are aiming for a double. The Lukes FC are already guaranteed promotion to the Premier Division.
It is now down to Bushell Grange Athletic, who found the net on nine occasions at Poulton Victoria S&S (Scott Wright 2) via a Ben Glover treble, a double each for Kieran Frost and Farris Baker with Jordan Hutchings and Ben Evans chipping in with one each in a 9-2 romp.
Bromborough Rake (Robbie Hicks 2, Connor Hughes, Kie Hughes) eased to a 4-1 win at Wirral Radio (Tom Williams), it is between them for that second elusive place.
Wellington FC marched on in with their fine league form and still remain unbeaten in league action. With a 6-1 romp in midweek at Victoria Colts and a narrow 1-0 result at Barcode FC through a Lewis Willingham strike, they moved into pole position in Division Two for the first time this season.
Wellington FC will take a break this week from league action as will KRCT FC and will play each other in the Tony Smith Memorial Cup. KRCT are aiming for a treble, while Wellington are aiming for a different treble after already landing the WDFA Sunday Amateur cup.
KRCT warmed up for their cup final appearance notching a 6-0 win at Glenavon Athletic.
Kevin Day bagged a four-timer for JPL Jets at Eagle Stirrup FC (Finley Hamill) and will also have a say in the destiny of The Division Two title and promotion places as two points currently separate the top four teams with three promotion places available.
FC Prenton (Luke Wynne 2, og) put a small dent in New Ferry Rangers‘ chances by holding them to a 3-3 draw during the week.
AFC Park North and Whitby Rangers have already secured promotion from Division Three and now there are five teams chasing the final promotion place. North Wirral Saints increased their hopes, as it may go down to goal difference, after they triumphed 8-0 over Parkgate St Germain. Finding the net were Mike Manser with a hattrick, Callum Sait with a brace and singles from Zach Wilmer, Tom Fleming & Sam Dangerfield.
After recording a 7-1 win during the week, Barkers Armchair FC came back down to earth with a thump 6-2 similar to the uppercut that Dillian Whyte suffered at Wembley by AFC Park North (Tyler Smith 3, Declan Wray 2,Tyler Gill), replying for Barkers were Jack Catterall and Richie Brown.
AFC Raeburn turned the form book upside down, recording a superb 5-1 win over Oval FC. On the scoresheet for AFC Raeburn were Christian Lotefa, who claimed a wonderful treble, and supported with singles from Craig McLeod and Johnny Cable.
Wirral Athletic (Jamie Galloway 2, Joe Roberts) posted a second successive 3-2 win in a mid-table tussle with this week’s opposition being West Kirby United (Jack Safadi, Ethan Cartwright.)
Confirmed Domestic Cup Finals For The Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League:
Tony Smith Memorial Cup
Wellington FC V KRCT FC – Thursday 28 April at Ashville FC 7.00pm
Jimmy Core Cup
North Wirral Saints V Old Parks FC – Thursday 5 May at Ashville FC 7.00pm
The Lukes V Upton Town FC – Thursday 12 May at Ashville FC 7.00pm
David Tacy Cup
Saughall FC V KRCT FC – Sunday 15 May at Ashville FC 2.00pm
Tony Houlihan Memorial Challenge Cup
Corsair FC V Woodchurch Hotel FC – Sunday 22 May at Ashville FC 2.00pm
Wirral District Football Association Sunday Premier Cup Final
Dock AFC V Woodchurch Hotel FC – Wednesday 27 April at Cammell Laird FC 7.00pm
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
|Tuesday 19 April 2022|
|Barcode FC 2||1 Eagle Stirrup|
|Victoria Colts 1||6 Wellington FC|
|Oval FC 1||7 Barkers Armchair|
|Presidents Cup – Rnd 3|
|The Lukes FC 2||1 Bromborough Rake|
|Thursday 21 April 2022|
|Woodchurch Hotel FC 2||2 Corsair FC|
|Prenton FC 3||3 New Ferry Rangers|
|Veronica Conway Cup Final|
|Dock AFC 1||0 Great Float S&S|
|Sunday 24 April 2022|
|Corsair FC 0||1 Rock Ferry Social|
|Poulton Victoria S&S 2||9 Bushell Grange Athletic|
|Wirral Radio FC 1||4 Bromborough Rake|
|Woodchurch Rovers 2||5 Neston United|
|Barcode FC 0||1 Wellington FC|
|Eagle Stirrup FC 1||4 JPL Jets|
|Glenavon Athletic 0||6 KRCT FC|
|Silva Athletic 2||2 Victoria Colts|
|AFC Park North 6||2 Barkers Armchair FC|
|AFC Raeburn 5||1 Oval FC|
|North Wirral Saints 8||0 Parkgate St Germain|
|West Kirby United 2||3 Wirral Athletic|
|Cheshire Sunday Cup Final|
|Dock AFC 2||0 Neston Nomads|
Premier Division Table
|1||Rock Ferry Social||17||15||1||1||53||16||37||46|
|3||Great Float S&S||15||9||1||5||33||26||7||28|
Division One Table
|1||The Lukes FC||15||14||0||1||43||10||33||42|
|2||Bushell Grange Athletic||16||11||1||4||45||22||23||34|
|3||Bromborough Rake FC||12||8||1||3||36||18||18||25|
|6||Wirral Radio FC||16||7||0||9||32||34||-2||21|
|9||Poulton Vics S&S||16||4||1||11||25||49||-24||13|
Division Two Table
|2||New Ferry Rangers||17||12||4||1||50||15||35||40|
|9||Eagle & Stirrup FC||18||4||2||12||26||59||-33||14|
Division Three Table
|1||AFC Park North||19||18||0||1||64||23||41||54|
|3||Barkers Armchair FC||17||9||2||6||48||37||11||29|
|5||North Wirral Saints||16||7||5||4||48||31||17||26|
|6||Old Parks FC||18||7||4||7||33||29||4||25|
|8||West Kirby United||17||6||1||10||44||44||0||19|
|10||Parkgate St Germain||20||5||2||13||32||56||-24||17|
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