MSC Express West Cheshire Football League round-up, 22 April 2023

Mersey Royal completed the second leg of a possible unique quintuplet of trophies after they lifted the Cheshire County FA Amateur Cup for the second year in succession.

MIDWEEK ACTION – Monday 17/4/23
MSC Express West Cheshire League Division Two title contenders, Poulton Victoria and Ashville Res. locked horns at Vauxhalls and the outcome was a 2-2 stalemate which left the title as yet undecided,
Jason Bull and Steve Kane obliged for the leaders with Leighton Clarke and Derek Taylor finding the net for second-placed Ashville.

Despite goals from John Ashton and Elliot Butler, Mossley Hill Ath. Res. capitulated 3-2 to replies from Maghull Res.‘ Harry Monaghan, Jacob Jones and Finn Rutherford-Spence.

Top scorers in Division Three were Capenhurst Villa Res., who eclipsed neighbours Ellesmere Port Town Res. 6-0 courtesy of efforts from Harley O’Brien-Williams (2), Mackenzie James (2), Ben Marray, and Tom Murray.

A goal from Cam Clark failed to prevent Chester Nomads Res. from going down 2-1 at home to Hooton.

Second-placed Higher Bebington Kelma remained firmly on course for promotion, after Andy Simpson (2) and Andy Blakeborough struck in a 3-0 result over Neston Nomads.

Youth Division action saw efforts from South Liverpool‘s Anton Gibbons and Josh Ryan negated by replies from Mossley Hill Ath.‘s Chris Hapi-Fankam and Callum Smithwick.

Tuesday 18/4/23
Pride of place belonged to all-conquering Division One champions-elect, Mersey Royal, who represented the Cheshire County FA in the Association of Northern Counties Cup final against the Liverpool CFA, represented by Sefton Ath. A Lewy Willingham double was supplemented by further efforts from Andy Rogers and Liam Driscoll as Cheshire posted a 4-0 victory.

A single Division Two fixture took place on the same evening, and it was celebration time for Bootle Res. who had Mamadou Djabi (2), Sal Djabi, Dan Spear, and Oda Osasuyi on target in a 5-2 decision over South Sefton Borough who had two-goal Sean Robinson in reply.

Wednesday 19/4/23
Honours were shared in the Division One clash between Aintree Villa and Bootle St. Edmunds when a goal from Villa’s Jamie Alty was answered by an effort from Saint’s Dan Shearwood.

In another 1-1 finish, respective marksmen for Maghull and Marine U23s were Darren Thomas and Regan Rhodes.

Elsewhere, Newton stayed focussed on a second-placed finish after efforts from Tom Fields and Ross McDowell secured a 2-1 win at Capenhurst Villa who hit back via Matty Vickers.

In Division Two, a goal from Marshalls Res.’ Jack Ward failed to prevent his side from losing 2-1 to efforts from Runcorn Sports‘ Kier Fenlon and Mick O’Neill.

The same scoreline went in favour of South Liverpool 3rds at Poulton Vics Res. in Division Three, thanks to goals from Alex Yates and Jeff Adekunle. The hosts’ consolation was scored by Dave McDermott.

Friday 21/4/23
Mersey Royal completed the second leg of a possible unique quintuplet of trophies after they lifted the Cheshire County FA Amateur Cup for the second year in succession, efforts from Ian Hislop and Connor Doyle cementing a 2-0 victory over Cheshire AFL counterparts, Broadheath Central at the Millbank Linnets Stadium.

On target for Bootle St. Edmunds in their 3-0 Division One victory over Ellesmere Port Town were Karl Bergquist, Chris Lowe and Brad Shearwood.

Runners-up spot in Division One is still being contested and second-placed Newton stayed in the hunt after a Jackson Ellis double sealed a 2-1 win at Marshalls who scored through Jake Storey.

Third-placed Mossley Hill Ath. are two points adrift of Newton but have a game in hand and boosted their claims, when efforts from Caleb Jones, Will Maddock, Chris Anderson, and Dom Murphy clinched a 4-1 win at Maghull. Carl Peers netted for the hosts.

Fifth-placed Vauxhall Motors Res., with goals from Zak Catesby and Joe Ford beat Chester Nomads 2-1. Marco Apollonio was Nomads’ marksman, while Capenhurst Villa recorded the same scoreline against Rainhill Town, with Steve Rowlands and Matty Scott on the mark.

Kenda, Taylor, Magee, and Delgado shared the goals, as Litherland Remyca Res. accounted for Heswall 4-1. Lewis Naylor scored for the visitors.

Long-time Division Two leaders, Poulton Victoria, inspired by a Frankie Ward hat-trick, and an effort from Harvey Robinson, finished their season on a high after winning 4-1 against Marshall Res. and left the chasing pack with a thirteen-point deficit to overcome. Callum Hodgkinson was the visitors’ scorer.

Nearest rivals, Ashville Res., with efforts from Jordan Dilworth and Billy Rainbow, won 2-1 against Maghull Res., who had Isaac Jones on target, while third-placed Helsby stayed very much in contention after Jamie Hooper (2) and Lee Turkington applied the finishing touches in a 3-0 result at local rivals, Runcorn Sports.

Goals from Ant Evans and Alex White steered Poulton Royal to a 2-0 triumph over Mallaby while Zebida Habib, Bobby Murphy, and Harvey Billington made the scoresheet as South Liverpool Res. savoured a 3-2 result over Bootle Res. who had Sal Djabi and Isaac Ayolade in response.

The points were shared after efforts from South Sefton Borough‘s Tom Lawrence and Nial McCeaney were matched by replies from Cheshire Lines‘ Matt Brennan and Chris Cruikshank.

Aintree Villa Res. remained two points in credit at the top of Division Three, Dylan Lawless, Stephen Andrews and Dave Pursglove netting in Saturday’s 3-2 decision over Neston Nomads who had Jack Coll and Dec Roberts on target.

Second-placed challengers, Higher Bebington Kelma, thanks to a Josh Griffiths double won 2-0 at South Liverpool 3rds while promotion rivals, Hooton, with goals from Danny Cross (2) and Nathan Saunders overcame Capenhurst Villa Res. 3-1. Ben Marray was the visitors’ marksman.

Helsby Res.‘ 3-0 win against Groves featured efforts from Sam Stephens (2) and Jack Binder.

South Liverpool top scored in the Youth Division, Nathan Young, Alex Pile, Kan Skinley, Ellis Jago, Owen Thompson, and Anton Gibbons bagging a goal apiece in the 6-1 win against Poulton Victoria who had a Matty Barclay penalty to show for their efforts.

Respective goalscorers in City of Liverpool‘s 2-2 nail-biter with Ormskirk West End, were Beckwith, Lyons, Procter and Hogan.

Youth Division champions Mossley Hill reached the Liverpool County FA Youth Final Cup, in a thriller of a game at Lower Breck that ended 3-3. Mossley Hill went on to win the tie 3-1 penalty kicks.

First Division

1Mersey Royal2622135767
3Mossley Hill Athletic2518524659
4FC Bootle St Edmund’s2616464152
5Vauxhall Motors Res2716291650
6Marine U23s27115111038
8Rainhill Town268612-1730
9Litherland Remyca Res269314-1830
10Aintree Villa268513-1129
12Capenhurst Villa238213-1426
13Chester Nomads268216-3926
15Ellesmere Port Town264121-6713

Second Division

1Poulton Victoria2821344366
2Ashville Res2317242653
4South Liverpool Res2615381048
5Runcorn Sports2315172446
6Sutton Athletic2814113543
7Maghull Res2513391642
8Bootle Res25110141033
9Poulton Royal249312-1130
11Mossley Hill Athletic Res278217-2326
12Cheshire Lines245613-2621
13West Kirby255416-3119
14South Sefton Borough244515-4217
15Marshalls Res254219-2814

Third Division

1Aintree Villa Res2419235859
2Higher Bebington Kelma2417344354
4South Liverpool Third2213543244
5Capenhurst Villa Res2412661342
6Runcorn Sports Res251249-1940
7Neston Nomads241077337
8Helsby Res279513-1632
9Poulton Victoria Res248610630
10Chester Nomads Res248511-429
11West Kirby Res278217-1926
12Groves Athletic287219-3623
13Rainhill Town Res236314-2121
14Ellesmere Port Town Res266317-4821
15Heswall Res242913-2715

Youth Division

1Mossley Hill Athletic1713314142
2South Liverpool189451231
3Vauxhall Motors189361430
5Victoria Colts U1817917528
6Poulton Victoria168171325
7Ormskirk West End17728-623
8City of Liverpool18567-621
9Runcorn Linnets185112-2716

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