Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League round-up, 6 March

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.

Premier Division
Beechwood FC 22 Lanclyn Glenavon
Division 2
Prenton FC 52 MSC Eastham
Oval FC 10 Parkgate St Germain
Cheshire Sunday Cup – Semi-final
Neston Nomads 90 AFC Prestbury
David Tacy Cup – Rnd 4
The Lukes FC 03 Bushell Grange Athletic

Premier Division Table

1Rock Ferry Social1081133151825
2Woodchurch Hotel1172233151823
3Great Float S&S116142323019
4Rivacre FC960330161418
5Beechwood SC1346335251018
6Dock AFC1052330161417
7Queens Park134363131015
8Corsair FC105051719-215
9Neston Nomads134182739-1213
10Lancelyn Glenavon111371530-156
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

2New Ferry Rangers119113192228
3JPL Jets1182136162026
4Wellington FC97204073323
5Prenton FC1270539251421
6MSC Eastham145183133-216
8Eagle & Stirrup FC113261836-1811
9Victoria Colts9315925-1610
10Silva Athletic1320111070-606
11Barcode FC1312101340-275
12Glenavon Athletic111191547-324

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
Neston Nomads. Credit: The Old and the New
Neston Nomads v Prestbury AFC. Credit: The Old and the New

Main image credit: RF._.studio

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