Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League round-up, 27 February

Wirral Borough Council played safe again last Sunday with a blanket postponement of all public pitches, but the clubs yet again stood up and hired 3G pitches.

This enabled eight domestic games to take place in the The Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League. The hard-working Fixture Secretary changed fixtures almost daily to accomodate the clubs.

Premier Division Corsair FC claimed a place in the semi-finals of The Tony Houlihan Memorial Challenge Cup after seeing off the challenge from Division Two high flyers Wellington FC. The tie was resolved with a penalty shoot out (3-2) after the tie had finished 2-2 at normal regulatory time.

On the mark for Corsair were Lewis Clarke and Kieran Cartwright with Lewis Willingham & Matty O’Shea replying for Wellington.

Great Float S&S sailed into a 1-0 lead at half time via a Karl Barker effort in The Veronica Conway Premier Cup quarter-final. Rivacre FC drew level in the second half but with penalties looming, Carl Murphy hit a last-minute winner for Great Float to sink Rivacre FC 2-1.

Just a single strike from Stuart Hardman was all it took for KRCT FC to secure a place in the Final of The Tony Smith Memorial Cup, defeating New Ferry Rangers 1-0.

Rock Ferry Social moved back into pole position in The Premier Division easing to a 6-2 win over Queens Park. Adam (Sabu) Smith led the way bagging a four goal haul, with Johnny Breeze and Conno notching singles.

Queens Park replies came from Ben Graham and Harvey Sample. It will go down to the wire this season with 5 or 6 clubs still in the mix. Rock Ferry are slight favourites with a 2 point cushion and a game in hand.

A mid-table clash in Division One saw Neston United take the spoils with a narrow 3-2 win over Poulton Victoria Sports & Social. Neston United scorers were Cameron Meadows, Liam Jeacock and Kev Exell with Tom Price and Kadir Mohammed on the scoresheet for the Vics.

JPL Jets jumped into 2nd place in Division Two with a comfortable 4-2 success at Glenavon Athletic (Dan Netherton 2) Kevin Day, Ryan Jones, Callum Lavelle and Carl Hamm did the damage. It is a four-way tussle for the three promotion places.

AFC Park North increased their lead at the top of Division Three to 9 points after a resounding 6-1 victory over promotion-chasing AFC Tima. Finding the net for Park North were Tyler Smith with a double supported by singles from Declan Wray, Bradley Keating, Oscar Sargent and Leighton Clarke.

It was goals galore in the lower half with Sean Lunt grabbing 5 for Parkgate St Germain. with one each for Kai Evans and Jake Roberts. AFC Raeburn hit back with four from Craig McCloud, Johnny Cable, Bedel Zan Bi and a Luke Piggott penalty, with a final score of 7-4.

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.

Premier Division
Pock Ferry Social 62 Queens Park FC
Division 1
Neston United 32 Poulton Victoria S&S
Division 2
Glenavon Athletic 24 JPL Jets
Division 3
AFC Park North 61 AFC Tima
Parkgate St Germain 74 AFC Raeburn
Tony Houlihan Memorial Challenge Cup – Rnd 4
Corsair FC 2 (3)(2) 2 Wellington FC
Veronica Conway Cup – Rnd 2
Rivacre FC 12 Great Float S&S
Tony Smith Cup – Rnd 3
KRCT FC 10 New Ferry Rangers

Premier Division Table

1Rock Ferry Social1081133151825
2Woodchurch Hotel1172233151823
3Great Float S&S116142323019
4Rivacre FC960330161418
5Dock AFC1052330161417
6Beechwood SC1245333231017
7Queens Park134363131015
8Corsair FC105051719-215
9Neston Nomads134182739-1213
10Lancelyn Glenavon101271328-155
11FC Bidston111191964-454

Division One Table

2The Lukes FC1211013692733
3Bushell Grange Athletic127142720722
4Bromborough Rake FC1061328161219
5AFC Shaftes145272733-617
6Upton Town115152422216
7Neston United125162534-916
8Poulton Vics S&S104062121012
9Wirral Radio FC104061923-412
10Woodchurch Rovers83231818011
11Lions FC1110101342-293

Division Two Table

2JPL Jets1182136162026
3New Ferry Rangers108113192225
4Wellington FC97203973223
5Prenton FC1160534231118
6MSC Eastham125162928116
8Eagle & Stirrup FC113261836-1811
9Victoria Colts9315925-1610
10Silva Athletic122010964-556
11Barcode FC1312101340-275
12Glenavon Athletic1211101652-364

Division Three Table

1AFC Park North14130142192339
2Whitby Rangers12100263214230
3AFC Tima116142621519
4Barkers Armchair FC125252724317
5Old Parks FC115242522317
6North Wirral Saints1043330201015
7Parkgate St Germain105052120115
8AFC Rangers1541102448-2413
9Oval FC94051527-1212
10West Kirby United113172833-510
11Wirral Athletic102352036-169
12AFC Raeburn1101101747-301

Main image credit: RF._.studio

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