West Cheshire Football League round-up, 16 March 2024

Mossley Hill Ath. kicked for home in their pursuit of a first Go2Day West Cheshire League Division One title as a result of Saturday’s 3-0 eclipse of Ellesmere Port Town.

A goal apiece from Owen Cassidy, Mark Owens, and Leo Reynolds sealed the issue, as the leaders went seven points clear at the top, no doubt buoyed by the news that nearest rivals, Maghull had been undone by a solitary strike from Vauxhall Motors Res.‘ Dylan Jeffries.

It was a step in the wrong direction for third-placed challengers, FC Bootle, who scored through Dylan Westerside, but lost 2-1 to replies from Mersey Royal‘s Josh Ross and Ben Ryan.

Ashville Res. continued in a downward spiral, after they capitulated 3-0 at home to strikes from Aintree Villa‘s Liam Van Gelder (2) and Ian Woolidge.

Elsewhere, despite a goal from Jack Ward, Marshalls suffered a 3-1 defeat to Litherland Remyca Res. who had Josh Rice (2) and Anthony Griffiths on target.

The match of the day in Division Two between current leaders, Mallaby and nearest rivals, South Liverpool Res. went in South Liverpool’s favour when early efforts from Harvey Billington and Craig Byrne were supplemented by a second goal from Billington in a 3-0 victory which saw the hosts close the gap at the top to six points with three games in hand.

Relegation threatened Higher Bebington Kelma, thanks to goals from Alex Clarke, Andy Simpson, and Tom Byrne, ended a barren period of results following a welcome 3-0 victory at Aintree Villa Res.

West Kirby Res. certainly had their shooting boots on against luckless Frodsham Park JFC in Division Three and romped home 13-0,  inspired by hat-tricks from Tom Rowland and Dean Wilde. Further efforts from Jacob Sampson (2), Joel Kelly, Omar Hoyle, Matty Kelly, Michael Mocka, and Lewis Handford completed the scoreline.

Fourth-placed Rainhill Town Res. drew level on points with Helsby Res., after doubles from Chris Sheehan and Ben Dunleavy allied to an effort from Zac Rimmer, sparked a 5-1 triumph over Groves Ath. who had Jordan Finn in reply.

Shield semi-final action saw FC Kirkby rubber stamp their passage to the final thanks to a 3-1 win over Capenhurst Villa Res. courtesy of efforts from Adam Bowe, Brendan Ratcliffe, and Jay Tuper. Capenhurst Villa Res.’ consolation goal was scored by Matthew Hickman.

In the Youth Division, free-scoring Athletico Blues assumed pole position, following Saturday’s 8-0 win against Vauxhall Motors. Finn McGovern struck three times and was joined on the scoresheet by Thomas Yates (2), James Hunt (2), and Kieran Law.

It was celebration time also for Runcorn Linnets, who found the net through Zac Parker (2) and Lewis Crane in a 3-2 result over Maghull, who hit back via two-goal Adam Carter.

The same scoreline was to AFC Knowsley’s advantage against Litherland Remyca. Jack Wilson-Jones, Bobby Connor, and Elliot Holmes applied the finishing touches for the hosts. Kieran Taylor and Dylan Riley obliged for the visitors.

Youth Plate second round action saw Maghull B earn their passage thanks to an 8-2 rout of West Kirby Utd., courtesy of efforts from Luke Kilcullen (2), Billy Brennan, George Deakin, Adam Ross, Will Hoey, Nathan Moffatt, and Adam Ralph. West Kirby Utd.’s consolations were scored by Lewis Greenhalgh and Oscar Wilkinson.

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