Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League round-up, 27 March 2022

Jordan Egan and Laurence Edwards sailed to a place in the Quarter Finals for MSC Eastham in The Tony Houlihan Memorial Challenge Cup after disposing of Barkers Armchair FC who replied via Don Thomas effort and will meet Woodchurch Hotel FC next Sunday.

Dock AFC have secured their third cup final of the season with a solid 2-0 result at arch-rivals Queens Park. Opening the scoring for Dock was the former Queens man Levi Chidaka, followed up by a 40-yard screamer from young Jack Kelly.

Dock will meet Great Float S&S and it will be battle of ‘who sinks who’ in the Veronica Conway Premier Cup Final.

The Lukes, who are aiming match neighbours and league stalwarts Rock Ferry Social by completing a league and cup double enhanced their chances with a positive 4-0 result over AFC Shaftes. Doing the all-important damage were John Wellman, Will Bulpin, Ryan Youds and Ben Crossley.

They will meet Bromborough Rake in the semi-final in April after they had a narrow 2-1 scoreline at Bushell Grange Athletic (Liam Atherton.) Finding the back of the net for Bromborough Rake were Mike Jeffs and Tom Oliver.

Rock Ferry Social took another step closer to The Ryan ‘Giggsy’ Atherton Premier Division glory with a 3-0 success at Lancelyn Glenavon. Mark Connolly, Liam Driscoll and Charlie Macinnes were on the scoresheet.

The points were shared between Corsair FC and Neston Nomads. Cheshire Sunday Cup finalists, Neston Nomads, were 3-1 up through an OG, Reece Kerr and Kasey Smith, but Corsair FC notched two late goals. Brad Greer, Jason Bull and Kieran Donaghue were the men who rescued the valuable point for Corsair FC.

It was a close shave in Division One for Woodchurch Rovers winning 2-1 in a local derby with Upton Town. The Division will soon be called The Maxwell Barbers Division. Daryl Hellon and Jamie Farrell hit a goal each for Woodchurch Rovers as Upton Town (Tyler Brace) may have lost their concentration, with having one eye on their President’s Cup Final in May.

Wirral Radio played all the tunes to tame Lions FC 5-0. A Tom Byrne brace led the way, supported by singles from Aaron Buckley, Matt Lydiate and Tom Boulton.

Liam Jeacock bagged four for Neston United with further efforts coming from Chris Bushel, Dean Jones, Nick Jones, and Ross Meadows in their comfortable 8-1 win at Poulton Victoria S&S.

Adam Larway notched a fine hatrick for New Ferry Rangers in their quest for promotion from Division Two. Further strikes were recorded by Luke Rawlins and Henry Willet, who both had a double each and a single from Louis Howard against Barcode FC. New Ferry Rangers League form is going well despite dropping a few points earlier in the season.

KRCT FC who also were on the goal trail thanks to goal getters Karl Smith, Jon Pomphrett, a Billy New treble, and Jamie Payne strike. On the receiving end this week were Eagle Stirrup FC (Carl Griffiths) in a 6-1 scoreline.

Also in the mix is Wellington FC who never fail to find their shooting boots in league action and have been tied down in cup action. They are the only team that have not lost a league game. Falling to Wellington this week were Saughall FC 5-0 with Harry Ebrell, Ellis Byrne 2, Tom Bradshaw, and the evergreen Matty O’Shea.

JPL Jets posted a narrow 3-2 win and dented Prenton FC’s outside chances of promotion. Firing for Jets were Carl Hamm, Cy Sullivan, and Callum Lavelle, while Tom Fenley replied bagging a pair for Prenton FC.

At the wrong end of the table, Glenavon Athletic (Bailey Onwuemene, Dave Roberts) and Silva Athletic (Martin Whalley, Stanley Black) shared the spoils with both clubs earning a vital point each.

With AFC Park North not having a fixture, it gave other clubs a chance to catch up, especially Whitby Rangers who strolled to an emphatic 7-1 win over Wirral Athletic (Jake Ives), Gabe Kwateng with a treble and a brace from Brad Bland also singles from Sam Cooper and Matty Vickers.

This puts Whitby Rangers within 6 points of the leaders with a game in hand. They have to play AFC Park North in the final few weeks of the season.

AFC Tima (Mike Redgrift, Ussumane Jalo, Charlie Roberts) dropped vital points in their push for a promotion spot. Going down to 10 men after 18 minutes, they managed to salvage a point in a 3-3 with North Wirral Saints (Scott Bradshaw, Tom Fleming 2.)

Also sharing the points and spoils were Old Parks FC who had Ben Kierman on hand to fire two goals against mid-table Parkgate St Germain who responded with Jake Roberts and Sean Wilding in a 2-2 result.

Last week it was an eight-goal thriller with Oval FC coming out on top. This week it was a seven-goal thriller and it was the turn of AFC Rangers who took all the points. Gaining sweet revenge were Kieran Cook with a double, supplemented by singles from Peter McNulty and Billy Newman while a John Skipsey brace and a Kane Wilson effort replied for Oval FC.

West Kirby United (Akil Thiruselvan 2, Finaly Austin, Edward Dancey, Ben Banks) accounted for AFC Raeburn 5-0.

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
Corsair FC 33 Neston Nomads
Lancelyn Glenavon 03 Rock Ferry Social
Woodchurch Hotel FC PP FC Bidston
Division One
Poulton Victoria S&S 18 Neston United
Upton Town 12 Woodchurch Rovers
Wirral Radio 50 Lions FC
Division Two
Barcode FC 08 New Ferry Rangers
Glenavon Athletic 22 Silva Athletic
JPL Jets 32 Prenton FC
KRCT FC 61 Eagle Stirrup FC
Saughall FC 05 Wellington FC
Division Three
AFC Rangers 43 Oval FC
AFC Tima 33 North Wirral Saints
Old Parks FC 22 Parkgate St Germain
West Kirby United 50 AFC Raeburn
Whitby Rangers 71 Wirral Athletic
Tony Houlihan Memorial Challenge Cup – Rnd 3
Barkers Armchair FC 12 MSC Eastham
Veronica Conway Cup – Semi Final
Queens Park FC 02 Dock AFC
President’s Cup – Qtr Final
Bushell Grange Athletic12 Bromborough Rake
The Lukes FC 40 AFC Shaftes

Premier Division Table

1Rock Ferry Social12101139162331
2Woodchurch Hotel1282233151826
3Great Float S&S127142623322
4Corsair FC126152425-119
5Rivacre FC1060433201318
6Beechwood SC144643528718
7Dock AFC1052330161417
8Queens Park134363131015
9Neston Nomads154293145-1414
10FC Bidston1321102264-427
11Lancelyn Glenavon131391536-216

Division One Table

1The Lukes FC13120138102836
2Bushell Grange Athletic1381431201125
3Bromborough Rake FC1061328161219
4Neston United136163335-219
5Woodchurch Rovers105232319417
6AFC Shaftes145272733-617
7Upton Town125162524116
8Wirral Radio FC125072525015
9Poulton Vics S&S134092236-1412
10Lions FC1210111347-343

Division Two Table

1New Ferry Rangers1412114493537
3JPL Jets1393140192130
4Wellington FC108204573826
5Prenton FC1480647281924
6MSC Eastham166193537-219
8Victoria Colts113261129-1811
9Eagle & Stirrup FC133282145-2411
10Silva Athletic1631121678-6210
11Barcode FC1623111649-339
12Glenavon Athletic1413101755-386

Division Three Table

1AFC Park North15140146212542
2Whitby Rangers14120273225136
3AFC Tima148243425926
4Oval FC136162636-1019
5Old Parks FC135352726118
6Barkers Armchair FC125252724317
7Parkgate St Germain145272831-317
8North Wirral Saints1144333231016
9AFC Rangers1751113156-2516
10West Kirby United144193639-313
11Wirral Athletic133372349-2612
12AFC Raeburn1411122355-324

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