Abacus punished in late collapse
Manchester Challenge Cup Final
Abacus Media were delighted to represent the league in the Manchester Challenge Cup final at Hyde United where they took on Manchester Leaguers East Manchester.
It was even-steven in a goalless first half but East took the lead on the hour mark and they doubled this soon afterwards
Abacus reduced the arrears on 80 minutes with their striker going through three challenges to force the ball into the net.
Straight from the kick off East restored their two goal advantage and two late defensive errors gifted East two more goals with Brendan McLoughlin completing his hat-trick for a flattering 5-1 winning margin.
A domestic Whitehead Cup clash saw Chadderton Cott make it through to the semi-finals after a thrilling battle with Hooley Bridge Celtic Reserves.
In normal time the match ended locked at 2-2 but Cott kept their nerve and preserved their unbeaten record taking the penalty shoot out by 5-4 to set up a semi-final clash with Dukinfield Athletic Reserves who had also made it through in a penalty shoot out.
The Premier Division title race is heating up into a three-horse battle as Rochdalians could only draw 2-2 with South Manchester who earned their point via two headers from club legend Tufial Baluch.
The draw dropped Rochdalians into third spot behind leaders High Lane who accounted for Old Stretfordians 4-2 and second-placed Whalley Range who had few problems in a 4-0 win over Waterloo.
The title is still in Rochdalians hands as they have games in hand on the top two but it is now all to play for.
Plenty of goals at Trafford United as they lost 6-4 to Mellor and the other game was also a tight affair with Milton emerging with a 4-3 win over a battling Old Ashtonians.
There was plenty of drama in Division One as long-time leaders Dom Doyle suffered their first defeat of the season as visiting Swinton defied the odds to pull off a remarkable 7-2 win.
Swinton came to the game with no fear, took the game by the scruff of the neck and gave Dom Doyle no time to play.
Swinton played some great football rewarded by goals from Samuel Redshaw (three), Jordon Smith, James Leggett, Manni Tingwa and Ola Oshdi with Dom Doyle’s consolations coming from Murray and Bottrell.
The result left Swinton reflecting what might have been if they had begun the season with this sort of stunning display.
Manchester Amateur Cup finalists Parrs Wood Celtic are still on course for three trophies as they worked hard for a 2-1 win at AFC Oldham to stay in real contention for the division one title as they are four points behind Dom Doyle with two games in hand.
Chorltonians are also firmly in the mix as they kept up their hot scoring streak with a big 8-1 win at Oldham Victoria.
Shane Bates was the Chorltonians shooting star with four beauties backed by a hat-trick from Aaron Rodger and a single from Dan Slack.
Irlam Tigers are on the heels of the top three after a 4-2 win at Hooley Bridge Celtic and Moston Brook were emphatic 3-0 victors at Stoconians.
Newton looked to be on track to clinching the Division Two title as goals from Andy Marsden and Ben Pollard had them in easy street after 50 minutes at Chorltonians Reserves. Then Chorltonians stepped up a gear to dominate the rest of the game and got their reward with strikes from Oumar Allen, Jake Manning and Dublin Malone to keep the race for the title open.
Non-playing Manchester Polonia kept up their hopes with this result as they take on Newton in the coming week and Hollingworth are also in with a shout as they beat South Manchester Reserves 3-0.
The other game in the division was an amazing affair as Urmston Town cruised into a 4-0 lead over Bedians and then Bedians were reduced to nine men but came back to secure a remarkable point in a 4-4 draw.
Division Three leaders Dukinfield Athletic and Village Manchester showed their support for the ‘Football v Homophobia’ campaign as the teams posed with a rainbow ball before play. Athletic maintained their big 13-point lead at the top of the table with a 2-0 win. Athletic took the lead on 32 minutes when their captain Carl Farrell blasted home from 20 yards and two minutes later Bobby Dixon made it 2-0 with another thunderous shot from 25 yards. Village put the home team under pressure during the second half but Athletic defended well to preserve their lead.
Radclyffe are Athletic’s only challengers with six games in hand and they showed their intent with an efficient 4-0 win over Stoconians Reserves,
Chadderton Park won 4-2 at Heaton Mersey and it was honours even as Aldermere and Salford Victoria Reserves shared two goals.
The clash between the top two in Division A was a typically hard-fought close affair with Elton Lib Hargreaves beating Moston Brook Reserves 2-1 to extend their lead to five points.
Their main danger now comes from unbeaten Chadderton Cott who are ten points behind but with five games in hand.
In a feisty local derby at Flixton, Unicorn Athletic managed to pick up the points and move up into fourth in the table with a professional display.
Prolific top scorer Tom Aldred added to his tally after the Flixton keeper spilled a long distance drive from Callum Blades.
James Steadman smashed in a second from the edge of box to double Unicorn’s lead before half time. Substitute Tom Fahey used his pace to round the keeper and tuck away the third before Flixton’s striker smashed in a cracker to raise the home team’s hope’s.
Unicorn stepped up the pace as Flixton pressed forward with Tom Fahey nodding in his second and securing the points,
The other two games both produced 3-0 scorelines, with basement team Chorltonians Villa pulling off their second win of the season against AFC Oldham Reserves with goals from Shola Kolawole, Jermain Bryan and Obi Aolzie,
Repeating this were Spurley Hey Reserves with their pleasing third win of the season against Dukinfield Athletic Reserves.
Plenty of action in division B with the top game seeing the top two teams in action and AFC Stockport extended their lead to five points with a comfortable 5-1 win over Old Stretfordians Reserves.
Third-placed Chadderton Cott Reserves lost ground as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Didsbury Reserves and Parrs Wood Celtic Reserves stay in the mix with a 4-1 win over Chorltonians Athletic with Luke Vaughan providing the Athletic consolation.
AFC Oldham 3rds were on fire with a 6-1 win over Moston Brook 3rds with the other two games ending at 2-0 in favour of Bury Amateurs Reserves at Staly Lions and Stoconians 3rds in their local derby with Hillgate.
The recent wobble by runaway division C leaders Deans continued as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Chadderton Park Reserves.
Old Stretfordians 3rds took full advantage of the Deans slip as they won 3-1 at Whalley Range 3rds to move within two points of Deans who have a vital game in hand on Stretfordians.
Chorltonians Albion enjoyed a 6-3 win at Moston Brook 4ths thanks to hat-tricks from Kurtis Wallace and Conor Carlin.
Bury Amateurs 3rds went nap in a 5-3 win over Stoconians 4ths and Irlam Tigers were roaring in a 4-1 win over Govan Athletic.
Pics- 1 Dukinfield Athletic and Village with the rainbow ball, Action from 1) Dukinfield v Village (Village in red), 2) Chorltonians Reserves v Newton (Newton in yellow and black, 3) Chorltonians v AFC Oldham Reserves (Oldham in orange shirts)