Lancashire and Cheshire AFL

Fixtures & Results 13.04.2019

Parrs Wood rue missed chances

Manchester Amateur Cup

Parrs Wood Celtic have enjoyed a great season, which included a run of 25 consecutive victories up to their Rhodes Cup semi-final defeat by Salford Victoria last week.

They had a terrific run in the Manchester Amateur Cup that included a 6-1 victory over cup holders AFC Middleton in the semi-final that booked their final slot at the fine venue of Trafford FC to take on 2017 winners Failsworth Dynamos from the Lancashire Amateur FL.

Putting last week’s disappointment behind them Celtic stormed into action and  enjoyed a superb first half as they dominated midfield and created numerous chances but were denied by the woodwork, some great saves by the Failsworth keeper, dogged defending and many near misses to leave the game surprisingly goalless at the break

Celtic were soon to pay the penalty for their profligacy as Failsworth used a long throw-in to good effect to produce a fantastic save from the Celtic keeper and in the follow-up netted a scruffy own goal on 52 minutes.

Celtic bounced back within a minute to level as the outstanding Pat Davin raced through and lashed home the equaliser.

But their joy was soon curtailed as Failsworth converted a penalty on the hour and added another spot kick three minutes later for a 3-1 lead.

Failsworth lifted their game and were the stronger team for most of the remaining 30 minutes but were given a scare when Pat Davin got a deserving consolation in the dying minutes.

But it was not enough to leave Celtic wondering what might have been if they had been able to convert their superb first half into a substantial lead but all credit to them for putting on a great show that was a credit to themselves and the league.

League Action

Premier Division

Back in league action Rochdalians took a big step towards winning the Premier Division title as they won 4-2 at Abacus Media to leapfrog High Lane into top spot by a point and if they win their two remaining games the title is theirs.

Salford Victoria pulled off one of their biggest ever wins in the league as they followed up their Rhodes Cup semi-final victory with a 13-2 hammering of Mellor to move into fourth place in the table.

Ruben Rose was in seventh heaven for Victoria netting seven times and also finding the target were MoM Zac Faulkner (two), Pat Gregory, Ben Green, Joe Axon and Dale McAndrew.

The win takes Victoria ahead of Waterloo who lost out 3-2 in a tight and entertaining game at South Manchester.

Giving South the edge were the strikes from Keifer Greig, Kai Blake and Marc Critchley.

At the other end of the table Old Ashtonians and Old Stretfordians shared four goals.

Division One

In Division One the top three teams were not in action and top of the goal charts were Moston Brook and AFC Oldham who shared ten goals in an end-to-end thriller.

Hooley Bridge Celtic found their shooting boots as they won 6-2 at Oldham Victoria and Bury Ams enjoyed a 4-2 win hosting Irlam Tigers and the other game ended in a 2-2 deadlock between Swinton and Didsbury.

Division Two

In Division Two Hollingworth moved closer to winning the runners-up slot from Manchester Polonia as a 2-1 win at Rochdalians Reserves moved them level on points with Polonia with one game to play.

It was also close at Mellor Reserves as they beat South Manchester Reserves by the odd goal in seven.

Division Three

It’s a busy time for Radclyffe in division three as they make up their big backlog of games chasing down leaders Dukinfield Athletic.

A Wray Cup final rehearsal at Villlage Manchester in midweek saw Radclyffe score the only goal of a close game but they had few problems in beating Salford Victoria Reserves 6-1 to move to within seven points of Dukinfield Athletic with four games in hand.

Village lost out 4-2 hosting Heaton Mersey and Aldermere kept a rare clean sheet in a 3-0 win at Chadderton Park.

Stoconians Reserves beat Milton Reserves 3-2 and Abacus Media Reserves shared eight goals with Mellor 3rds in a midweek thriller.

Division A

It’s still all to play for in the battle for the Division A title with leaders Elton Lib Hargreaves edging a tense 1-0 win at Unicorn Athletic to stay four points clear of Chadderton Cott.

Cott preserved their unbeaten record with a comfortable 6-0 win at Trafford United to follow a 5-1 midweek win at Unicorn Athletic and are four points adrift of Hargreaves and have two vital games in hand on the leaders.

Dukinfield Athletic Reserves also had two wins with a 4-3 midweek win at Chorltonians Villa followed by a more comfortable 5-1 home win over Rochdale Galaxy.

Chorltonians Villa eased to a 2-0 win over Flixton thanks to a brace from Andy Craig but are still at the foot of the table.

Division B

Division B leaders AFC Stockport are one win away from securing the Division B title as they followed a 5-3 midweek derby win over Hillgate with a hard-earned 2-1 win at Bury Amateurs Reserves.

Hillgate bounced back to beat Chorltonians Athletic 3-1 with Tony Hardy supplying the Athletic consolation

Old Stretfordians Reserves kept up their slim title hopes with an emphatic 5-0 win at Staly Lions with Lions also going down 7-3 in their midweek game at AFC Oldham 3rds and AFC kept up their winning ways with a 2-0 win at Didsbury Reserves.

The other game in the division saw Parrs Wood Celtic Reserves enjoy a 3-0 win at Stoconians 3rds.

Division C

Just two games in Division C and champions Deans took their foot off the pedal losing their final game of the season by 2-1 at Irlam Tigers Reserves.

No problems for Chorltonians Albion who were in sharp form disposing of Moston Brook 4ths by 8-1.

On fire for the Albion were hotshots Kurtis Wallace (three), Aaron Rodger (two), Oscar Lynch, Courtney Wallace, and Conor Carlin.

Kyle Kyte provided the Brook consolation with a stunning strike.

Pics -action from 1) South Manchester v Waterloo (Waterloo in yellow shirts), 2) Chorltonians Villa v Flixton (Flixton in red), 3) Chorltonians Albion v Moston Brook 4ths (Brook in white) 4) Parrs Wood Celtic v Failsworth Dynamos (Celtic in black and white 5/6) team pics of Parrs Wood and Failsworth.