Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League round-up, 30 January

West Kirby United progressed to the quarter-finals of The Jimmy Core Cup with a comfortable 5-0 win over Wirral Athletic. Finding the net for West Kirby were Harvey Dean, Ethan Cartwright with a treble and a Robbie Nairn effort.

Dock AFC are still in the mix for 5 trophies after their latest run out at KRCT FC (formerly known as Rockpoint.) Dock ran out 3-1 winners in The Tony Houlihan Memorial Challenge Cup round 3 tie, with a brace from Haydn Cooper and an Adam Lea strike. Dock now have a tough game at Beechwood FC in the quarter-finals. KRCT are 5 points clear at the top of Division Two and are still in two other cup competitions, it bodes well for both clubs.

It was the Smith and Jones show for Rock Ferry Social in The Premier Division. A brace from Adam (Sabu) Smith and a Kyle Jones single kept the Rock boys in pole position and two points clear with a game in hand. Could it be the very first Premier Title for the Social gang? The 3-1 win over Lancelyn Glenavon who replied via Danny Dixon enhanced their chances.

Rivacre FC who had a very quiet start to the season also notched a 3-1 result against 10 men for an hour as Neston Nomads (Jamie Gardiner) who certainly put a shift in but could not hold on when it was 1-1. Rivacre converted their chances in a derby clash and have not given up on a late run in and have many tough league games to play.

Another local derby saw 10 men Beechwood FC take control of the game with rivals Corsair FC 3-0. The marksmen for Beechwood were Morgan Woods, Liam Keating and Lewis Donaldson. Second-placed Woodchurch Hotel FC warmed up for next Sunday’s clash in the Cheshire Cup with Dock with a solid 5-1 success at Queens Park (Tom Black), Jordan Deer, Stew Jackson with a double, Ben Holmes and Finlay Eason notching all the goals for Woodchurch Hotel. Great Float S&S sailed to a 4-2 win over FC Bidston (Alan Goodhall, Mark McNoon.)

Game of the day in Division One saw second play host to third and honours were shared between Bushell Grange Athletic (Ben Glover) and Bromborough Rake (Ian Hulley.) The second place for promotion is between both clubs as The Lukes have an 11 point gap. With only two places available for promotion, it is wide open between them.

Also trading goals and points were Upton Town (Brendan Doherty) and AFC Shaftes (Eddie Jebb.) Wirral Radio, who had an awful start to their league campaign and never picked up any points in the first 6 leagues games, have turned it around have secured four league wins with the latest 1-0 at Neston United.

Woodchurch Rovers led 2-0 at halftime through Zac Woods and Ryan Thompson with Poulton Vics S&S down to 10 men. Woodchurch Rovers scored a third via Tommy Atherton then Vics rallied round and dominated the last 30 minutes scoring through Ben Ellis and Connor Jones, but it was not quite enough to find an equaliser.

A Kevin Day hattrick was the order of the day for JPL Jets as they cruised to a 5-1 win over Silva Athletic (Samuel Davies) supplemented by singles for Sam and Ryan Jones that keeps them on course for a promotion spot in Division Two.

Second-place New Ferry Rangers accounted for Barcode FC 1-0, while MSC Eastham played out a goalless draw with Eagle Stirrup FC. Prenton FC are making a late charge up the table after inflicting an 8-0 rout on Glenavon Athletic. On the scoresheet for Prenton were Tom Briggs, Lewis Killen, and Tom Fenley with two goals each supported by singles from Liam Walsh and Tom Molloy.

AFC Park North maintained a 3 point advantage at the top of Division Three thanks to Leighton Clarke and Declan Wray with a narrow 2-1 win over Oval FC. Whitby Rangers FC (Toby Cogswell 2, Matty Vickers 2, Tom Ruffer) had to overcome Barkers Armchair FC 5-2, with the division approaching the half way mark, it seems certain that the top two clubs will clinch promotion as the chasing pack have too much to do and will take points off each other. Then again, nothing is certain in football.

In the chasing pack, North Wirral Saints (Mike Manser 2, Will Gill, Sam Dangerfield) had to share the spoils with Old Parks FC in an enthralling 4-4 draw, with both clubs losing ground on the top three. With the loss of Wallasey Village to the league, it was also a 6 point loss to AFC Tima who unfortunately dropped down the table, but they have hit back winning 3-0 against AFC Raeburn. Parkgate St Germain won 2-0 in a mid-table tussle with AFC Rangers with Jake Roberts and Johnny Gibson claiming a goal apiece.

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 03 Beechwood FC
FC Bidston 24 Great Float S&S
Neston Nomads 13 Rivacre FC
Queens Park FC 15 Woodchurch Hotel FC
Rock Ferry Social 31 Lanclyn Glenavon
Division 1
Bushell Grange Athletic 11 Bromborough Rake
Neston United 01 Wirral Radio FC
The Lukes FC PP Lions FC
Upton Town 11 AFC Shaftes
Woodchurch Rovers 32 Poulton Victoria S&S
Division 2
JPL Jets 51 Silva Athletic
MSC Eastham 00 Eagle Stirrup FC
New Ferry Rangers 10 Barcode FC
Prenton FC 80 Glenavon Athletic
Division 3
AFC Park North 21 Oval FC
AFC Rangers 02 Parkgate St Germain
AFC Tima 30 AFC Raeburn
Barkers Armchair FC 25 Whitby Rangers
North Wirral Saints 44 Old Parks FC
Tony Houlihan Memorial Challenge Cup – Round 3
Tony Smith Cup – Round 2
Wellington FC (Walkover)Victoria Colts
Jimmy Core Cup – Round 1
West Kirby Utd 50 Wirral Athletic

Premier Division Table

1Rock Ferry Social971127131422
2Woodchurch Hotel1062226141220
3Rivacre FC960330161418
4Dock AFC952230151517
5Beechwood SC1245333231017
6Great Float S&S105142223-116
7Queens Park114342722515
8Corsair FC105051719-215
9Neston Nomads124172632-613
10FC Bidston111191964-454
11Lancelyn Glenavon90271026-162

Division One Table

1The Lukes FC1211013692733
2Bushell Grange Athletic127142720722
3Bromborough Rake FC1061328161219
4AFC Shaftes135262630-417
5Upton Town104151921-213
6Neston United104152127-613
7Wirral Radio FC104061923-412
8Woodchurch Rovers83231818011
9Poulton Vics S&S83051617-19
10Lions FC1110101342-293

Division Two Table

2New Ferry Rangers108113192225
3Wellington FC97203973223
4JPL Jets1072132141823
5MSC Eastham125162928116
7Prenton FC94052621512
8Victoria Colts9315925-1610
9Eagle & Stirrup FC93151733-1610
10Silva Athletic10208848-406
11Barcode FC1211101340-274
12Glenavon Athletic111191448-344

Division Three Table

1AFC Park North12110132161633
2Whitby Rangers12100263214230
3Barkers Armchair FC125252724317
4Old Parks FC115242522317
5North Wirral Saints1043330201015
6AFC Tima84131812613
7AFC Rangers134182041-2113
8Parkgate St Germain84041416-212
9Oval FC94051527-1212
10Wirral Athletic92341932-139
11West Kirby United102172429-57
12AFC Raeburn100191340-271

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