There will be an all Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League representation in The Cheshire County Football Association Sunday Challenge Cup Final.
One team from Dock AFC and Rivacre FC will now play their semi-final next Sunday 13 March, as all council pitches and some private grounds were declared unfit this weekend.
One of them will be facing fellow Premier Division and much-travelled rivals Neston Nomads, who for the first time in the Cheshire Cup had a home draw. They took full advantage of that with a resounding 9-0 demolition of AFC Prestbury.
A first half hattrick for Luke Blondel led the way with the half time score being 5-0. Luke’s third and his team’s 4fourth was an absolute cracker from 20 yards. It could have been in double figures at the break.
Nomads dominated the game from start to finish. Richie Foulkes got on the scoresheet twice with one in each half and one was a 35-yard free kick. Kasey Smith was another who bagged a pair, while Jack Lloyd chipped in with one and Reece Kerr finished the game off.
It was a wonderful display, they were just getting their just desserts after three tough away long-distance ties earlier in the competition. They have scored 23 goals in the five games and only conceded three. No matter who the opposition is, it is going to be a mouth-watering final.
Division One leaders The Lukes FC hosted second-placed Bushell Grange Athletic in the David Keith Tacey Memorial Cup. Lukes, who have a far superior points tally, dipped to 3-0 to Bushell Grange Athletic who progressed to the semi-final with a 3-0 win. Finding the net for Bushell’s were Kieran Frost with a double and a single from Ryan Clarke.
Bushell Grange Athletic are looking for a cup double and promotion, whereas The Lukes are hoping to match old friends Rock Ferry Social who actually did two doubles back in 1989/90 and 1993/94 by lifting the Division One title and The Presidents Cup.
Premier Division action saw Beechwood FC drop two points in their quest for the Ryan ‘Gigsy’ Atherton Trophy. The Premier Division is far from over with six clubs still in the mix. There have been many unpredictable scores this season, it is one of the best Premier Divisions ever. Beechwood FC scorers were Rob Cull and Tom Hayes, while Joe Downey allied to a Connor Courtnell strike earning a vital point for Lancelyn Glenavon in their quest for Premier Division survival,
Prenton FC, who managed to hire a 3G pitch again, maintained their fine form with a fifth consecutive league win. Prenton were too hot in the first half. taking a 4-0 lead. The game with MSC Eastham finished 5-2. On the scoresheet for Prenton were Tom Molloy, Luke Wynne 2, Sean Cookson and Liam Walsh, replying for MSC Eastham with a singles strikes each were Chris Howell and Brandon Thomas,
A mid-table clash took place in Division Three between Oval FC and Parkgate St Germain. Oval ran out winners 1-0 with the only goal of the game coming from John Skipsey,
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.
|Beechwood FC 2||2 Lanclyn Glenavon|
|Prenton FC 5||2 MSC Eastham|
|Oval FC 1||0 Parkgate St Germain|
|Cheshire Sunday Cup – Semi-final|
|Neston Nomads 9||0 AFC Prestbury|
|David Tacy Cup – Rnd 4|
|The Lukes FC 0||3 Bushell Grange Athletic|
Premier Division Table
|1||Rock Ferry Social||10||8||1||1||33||15||18||25|
|3||Great Float S&S||11||6||1||4||23||23||0||19|
Division One Table
|2||The Lukes FC||12||11||0||1||36||9||27||33|
|3||Bushell Grange Athletic||12||7||1||4||27||20||7||22|
|4||Bromborough Rake FC||10||6||1||3||28||16||12||19|
|8||Poulton Vics S&S||10||4||0||6||21||21||0||12|
|9||Wirral Radio FC||10||4||0||6||19||23||-4||12|
Division Two Table
|2||New Ferry Rangers||11||9||1||1||31||9||22||28|
|8||Eagle & Stirrup FC||11||3||2||6||18||36||-18||11|
Division Three Table
|1||AFC Park North||14||13||0||1||42||19||23||39|
|4||Barkers Armchair FC||12||5||2||5||27||24||3||17|
|5||Old Parks FC||11||5||2||4||25||22||3||17|
|6||North Wirral Saints||10||4||3||3||30||20||10||15|
|7||Parkgate St Germain||10||5||0||5||21||20||1||15|
|10||West Kirby United||11||3||1||7||28||33||-5||10|
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