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High Lane into Senior Cup Final & Victorious Vics. march on into Rhodes Final
On a lovely weekend for football the Lancs & Cheshire is now reaching the business end of the season with clubs looking at a place in a final or how to make that last gasp push to finish higher up their division.
Stockport Senior Cup
There was an all L&C clash in the semi-final of the Stockport Senior Cup when High Lane were drawn at home to Mellor. High Lane came out 3-1 winners on the day and will now play Poynton in the final.
In the other semi-final, the L&C’s AFC Stockport who have an amazing run in the cup this season were drawn against Poynton from the Cheshire League, sadly their run came to an end with a 7-0 defeat by opposition from a much higher league.
It was the last day of our domestic cup semi-finals, with Premier Division Salford Victoria taking on Parrswood Celtic from Division One, for the opportunity to meet Radclyffe AFC in the final at Hyde Utd’s Ewen Fields ground on the evening of the 9th May 2019.
Parrswood Celtic have had an amazing cup run this season, but this was brought to end in this hard-fought semi-final. Two goals each from Salford Victoria strikers Ruben Rose and Joe Axon plus one each from Jonathon Hayes and Aaron Brown gave Vics. a comfortable 6-2 victory in the end.
In the Premier Division fixtures, with top of the table High Lane on cup duty, Rochdalians took their chance to pull three points with a 2-1 win at home to Abacus Media and they are now just two points behind the leaders.
Third place Whalley Range also took their chance to move a further three points ahead of the chasing pack, with a 5-0 victory at home to old Stretfordians.
In the remaining Premier Division fixture South Manchester and Trafford United shared the points in a 1-1 draw where a Ryan Sanchez goal was matched by a late penalty from Trafford Utd’s Nathan Bradley.
Just two games in Division One this weekend where in a mid-table clash Swinton took all three points from Moston Brook with a 2-1 win and Hooley Bridge Celtic just eased over the line with 3-2 against bottom placed Stoconians.
With the top of Division Two already decided, the mid table matches were still to be played Mellor Reserves took a 2-1 win at whilst Chorltonians Reserves had a goal feast at home to Spurley Hey winning 7-1 and Urmston Town won 5-2 at bottom club Santos.
In Division Three, with the leaders Dukinfield not in action, second placed Stoconians AFC Reserves played catch up with a 1-0 against Mellor 3rds.
Chadderton Park took a 5-4 win at home to Signol Athletic and used the opportunity to move up the fourth by ‘leap-frogging’ their opponents, whilst Milton Reserves went down 4-7 at home to Salford Victoria Reserves.
In the other matches in the division Aldermere AFC lost 1-4 at home to Village Manchester whilst bottom placed club Heaton Mersey lost 2-0 at home to Radclyffe with goals from Tom Robb & Jamie Lord.
In Division A, leaders Elton Lib Hargreaves kept up their good form with a 4-0 win away at Spurley Hey Reserves, but second placed Chadderton Cott. maintained the pressure with 5-1 win at home to Chorltonians Villa.
In the mid-table clashes Unicorn Athletic took an 0-8 drubbing from Signol Athletic Reserves and Trafford United 2nds shared the points in a 2-2 draw with AFC Oldham 2nds.
In Division B, with table toppers AFC Stockport not in action, Old Stretfordians 2nds moved up to second place and within two points of the leaders, with a 2-0 win against AFC Oldham 3rds.
Lowly Chorltonians Athletic excelled with a 2 – 1 win over fourth placed Parrswood Celtic Reserves.
In the middle of the table clash Hillgate took the spoils with a 1-0 win over Stoconians 3rds whilst bottom placed Didsbury FC 2nds lost 3-4 at home to Moston Brook 3rds.
Just two matches this week in Division C, where Chadderton Park 2nds took a heavy defeat losing 2-7 against Bury Amateurs 3rds and in the other match Irlam Tiger Reserves won 5-2 against Stoconians 4ths.
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RADCLYFFE FC are on track for a remarkable trophy treble after pulling off another giant-killing act in the first Rhodes Cup semi-final. After last week’s Wray Cup semi-final win over Urmston Town Radclyffe, who have a string of top scalps in the competition, played Premier division leaders Rochdalians at Wright Robinson. They had to soak up lots of Rochdalians pressure before breaking out to take the lead with a neat finish from Laurence Howell. Some great mid-field pressing and solid defending kept Rochdalians at bay and Sean Ogden doubled the Radclyffe lead before the break.
Rochdalians showed their intent as they came back to reduce the arrears but it was Radclyffe’s day as they went on to win 4-2 and will face either Salford Vics or Parrs Wood Celtic in the final at Hyde United. Radclyffe have a massive backlog of games in division three as they will be looking to overhaul leaders Dukinfield Athletic in their chase for a third trophy.
There was more domestic cup action in the Hellawell Shield as Chadderton Park seconds booked their final slot with a 2-2 draw against Bury Ams thirds in the two-legged semi-final to add to their 3-1 first-leg win.
In the other semi-final first leg Irlam Tiger seconds gave themselves the advantage with a 5-2 win over Hollingworth seconds.
Steve Bramhall gave Hollingworth an early lead that was cancelled by Lewis Cartwright as the Tigers bit back. Mike Burke and Cartwright, with his second took the Tigers to a 3-1 lead with Danny Birkhead on target to get Hollingworth back in touch.
But the Tigers were not to be denied as they stepped up a gear with Dylan Lee and Cartwright completing his hat-trick for a 5-2 lead going into the second leg at Hollingworth.
Action saw High Lane and Whalley Range both take advantage of Rochdalians’ cup involvement as they both posted wins to keep the title race wide open. Lane went three points clear at the top as they cruised to a 4-0 win at South Manchester thanks to strikes from Leon Murphy, Carl Sutton, Jim Leeson and Jim Williamson.
Whalley Range had to work much harder for three points as they won a nine-goal thriller at Kings Road by 5-4 over old rivals Mellor which takes them into second spot over Rochdalians who still have the title in their own hands with crucial games in hand.
Plenty of goals also for Abacus Media who beat Old Stretfordians 9-2 and Milton kept an immaculate clean sheet in a 4-0 win at Old Ashtonians.
The top two teams in drew further away from the pack with two comfortable victories. Leaders Dom Doyle won 5-2 at Hooley Bridge Celtic and Parrs Wood Celtic stay seven points behind them with three games in hand with a 6-0 win over Bury Ams.
Swinton and Stoconians were deadlocked at 1-1 and non-playing Irlam Tiger remain in fourth place.
Goals galore in the local derby at Oldham Vics as they won 9-7 against AFC Oldham.
Just two games in and they were both close affairs with Urmston Town and Rochdalians seconds sharing six goals and Mellor seconds won 3-2 at Spurley Hey.
Dukinfield Athletic moved 13 points clear at the top with a comfortable 7-2 win at Salford Vics seconds but they still have Radclyffe in with a shout of catching them with their huge backlog of games. Village Manchester enjoyed their second league win of the season beating Abacus Media seconds 3-1
Chadderton Park matched this score-line against Stoconians seconds and a charity game at Signol Athletic saw the hosts beat the Ryan Brett 11 8-3.
There are no easy games in a very competitive division and the game between the top two teams saw Moston Brook seconds reduce the lead of Elton Lib Hargreaves to five points as they beat them 4-2.
AFC Oldham beat Unicorn 5-3 and Dukinfield Athletic seconds were 3-1 victors over Signol Athletic seconds.
Chorltonians Villa won the basement game with Spurley Hey seconds by 4-0 and Flixton shared the spoils with Rochdale Galaxy in a 1-1 draw.
AFC Stockport took a big step to winning the championship with an emphatic 7-1 win at Didsbury seconds but Old Strets seconds kept in the hunt as they cruised to a big 5-0 win over Parrs Wood Celtic seconds.
Chorltonians Athletic moved off the bottom spot with a 3-0 win at basement rivals Bury Am seconds with goals from Anthony Hardy (two) and Paul Stansfield.
Hillgate beat Moston Brook thirds 3-1 and there was a very rare goalless draw in the local derby between Chadderton Cott seconds and AFC Oldham thirds.
Deans clinched the division C title with a comfortable 4-2 win over Stoconians fourths while second-placed Old Strets thirds won 4-2 at Chorltonians Albion. Andy Delaney (two) Niall Garner and Dan Vaughan netted for Strets with Aaron Rodger replying for Albion.
The annual match between the Land C and the Lancashire Amateur League saw the LAL win the John Howard Shield with a comfortable 3-0 win at Daisy Hill FC. The L and C team was comprised mainly of players from Abacus Media and Milton FC.
Pics – Land C team v LAL action from 1 Rochdalians v Radclyffe (Rochdalians in blue), 2 South Manchester v High Lane (South in maroon), 3 Chorltonians Albion v Old Strets thirds (Strets in red and black).
In the 99th meeting of the Lancashire Amateur League and the Lancashire and Cheshire AFL at Daisy Hill FC, the LAL ‘equalised’ 4-4 in the series.
The LA took the lead on 10 minutes after early pressure, and extended it after 35 minutes.
The newly formed L & C team, organised by Tim Roebuck, Anthony Horrox (Abacus Media) and Phil Noon of Milton, fought back in the second half, going close on a few occasions.
The well established LAL side took the match beyond doubt with a third goal after an hour, to deserve the win.
We are looking forward already to our next meeting which will be the centenary of our matches against our old friends.
Lancashire and Cheshire AFL
Giant killers march into semi-finals
Rhodes Cup sponsored by GP Property Management
THE Rhodes Cup again produced upsets as two teams from lower divisions toppled Premier League giants to move into the competition semi-finals. Parrs Wood Celtic, who are through to the Manchester Amateur Cup final and flying high in division one, took on in-form Premier division title contenders Whalley Range and were soon a goal down with a clinical finish from Reggie Merriman. After a very tight first half Celtic showed great powers of recovery and why they are going so well in league and cup as they stormed back with four unanswered goals to set up a semi-final against Salford Vics this coming Saturday. Netting for Celtic were Pat Davin, Jack Timmons and Danny South (two).
Division three hotshots Radclyffe have already claimed two Premier division scalps in Trafford United and Old Stretfordians in the Rhodes Cup and took on recent cup winners Mellor from the Premier division. Mellor dominated the early stages and created numerous chances but paid dearly for their inability to convert them into goals as Radclyffe showed deadly finishing with strikes from Simon Ogden (two) and Kyle Hardman to take control. Both sides netted before the end but Radclyffe kept their nerve and now play Premier division leaders Rochdalians in the second semi-final.
In a Wray Cup quarter final Urmston Town ran out 4-2 winners at Dukinfield Athletic and will take on triple-trophy chasers Radclyffe in an intriguing semi-final.
The other cup competition was the first leg of a Hellawell Shield semi-final with Chadderton Park seconds taking a 3-1 lead into the second leg at Bury Ams A.
Long-time leaders Rochdalians went back to the top on goal difference from non-playing High Lane with a 6-0 win at Waterloo and they still have a vital game in hand. Rochdalians were inspired by skipper Davey Luker (two) who was backed by strikes from Reece Gregory, Lewis Mahoney, Jamie Luker and Nick Hands in a game that was much closer than the final score suggests
The only team with a chance of overhauling the top two is Whalley Range who are just two points adrift of them. The other game in the division saw basement team Old Ashtonians remain at the foot of the table after a 3-0 defeat by Abacus Media.
The top game saw leaders Dom Doyle increase their lead over Parrs Wood Celtic to seven points after a hard-fought 2-1 win at Irlam Tigers but Celtic have three games in hand on Dom Doyle.
The other game in the division saw Didsbury enjoy a welcome win by 4-0 at Oldham Vics to give themselves a chance of climbing out of the bottom two.
Just two games and new champions Newton showed that they do not intend to rest on their laurels with a bright 6-3 win at Santos. It was much closer in the other game with Spurley Hey winning by the odd goal in five against Bedians to see them get within a point of escaping the bottom two.
The top three teams were not in league action but Signol Athletic missed the opportunity to close the gap on them as they lost 3-1 at Aldermere. The other two games produced plenty of goals as Milton seconds won 6-1 at Village Manchester and Salford Vics came out on top in thriller with Mellor thirds by 5-3.
Elton Lib Hargreaves increased their lead at the top to eight points with a hard-earned 3-2 win at Signol Athletic seconds after Zac Galbraith had given them an early 2-1 lead.
Moston Brook seconds lost ground in second place as they were beaten 4-2 by Chorltonians Villa who had Adrian Barnett (two), Lee Cawood and Oli Alozie on target.
Chadderton Cott remain as the only unbeaten team in the league but they were taken all the way by AFC Oldham seconds in an entertaining local derby before winning 4-3 to stay ten points behind Elton Lib Hargreaves with three games in hand.
Another exciting game at Flixton saw them share eight goals with Rochdale Galaxy.
There was an upset as runaway leaders AFC Stockport suffered their second defeat of the season going down 3-2 to Parrs Wood Celtic seconds. AFC still have a comfortable five-point cushion over second placed Old Strets seconds who bounced back into form with a 7-0 win over Staly Lions.
Chadderton Cott seconds stay in third spot after grafting to a 2-1 win at Chorltonians Athletic who had Tony Hardy providing their consolation strike.
Moston Brook thirds enjoyed a 7-0 win over Didsbury seconds and Bury Ams seconds were convincing 4-1 winners at Stoconians thirds.
Deans virtually wrapped up the title with a 6-1 win over Hollingworth seconds, a score matched by second-placed Old Strets thirds at Moston Brook fourths. Deans need just one more win in their remaining three games to clinch the top spot as they are five points clear of Old Strets and have played a game less.
Pics – action from 1 Parrs Wood v Whalley Range (PW in black and white), 2 Mellor v Radclyffe (Radclyffe in orange), 3 Spurley Hey v Bedians (Spurley in yellow) 4 Signol Athletic seconds v Elton Lib Hargreaves (ELH in blue)
Lancashire and Cheshire AFL
Celtic continue on treble hunt
FOR the first time this season the league, along with many others, suffered a major interruption to their programme due to effects of snow and frost.
Even some artificial surfaces were affected leaving just a handful of game played but they all had an important effect on the exciting build-up to what looks like a fascinating finish to the season in the race for league titles and cup glory. Fortunately the league is generally up to date with most of its fixtures and hopefully there will be no more days like this in the rest of the season.
Rhodes Cup sponsored by GP Property Management
It was intended to be a catch-up day in the Rhodes and Wray Cup competitions but the only game played saw Parrs Wood Celtic build up to their hopes of a league and cup treble. Celtic are already through to the latter stages of the Manchester Amateur Cup and hot on the heels of division one leaders Dom Doyle. They took on division three leaders Dukinfield Athletic in the Rhodes Cup and kept up their free-scoring with an emphatic 4-0 victory. Starring for Celtic was striker Pat Davin with a hat-trick backed by a single from Aaron Minshull. This takes them into the last eight where they will look to book a semi-final spot in a local quarter-final derby against the winners of the Chorltonians v Whalley Range tie.
There was also a top game in the Premier division at Salford Vics as their in-form team took on High Lane who are also on a charge chasing down the top two Rochdalians and Whalley Range. It was a very even contest with excellent football from both sides with early pressure from High Lane seeing them take the lead with a goal from predatory striker Aaron Dyer. Vics responded well and levelled before the break with a neat finish from Ruben Rose. The second half was again very close and either side could have claimed victory but two goals from High Lane gave them victory and very close contact with the top two while Vics remain firmly in the hunt.
The next league action came in division two where an emphatic 4-1 win for Manchester Polonia, in sunny Salford, over Chorltonians seconds took them two points clear of previous leaders Newton but Newton have three vital games in hand over Polonia.
In Division A Chadderton Cott kept up their unbeaten record with an outstanding 7-1 win over Unicorn Athletic. The win sees Cott close the gap on long-time leaders Elton Lib Hargreaves to seven points with Cott having two games in hand. A second game in in the division was at Curzon Ashton’s fine new 4G pitch saw a close and enjoyable game end deadlocked at 2-2 between AFC Oldham seconds and Trafford United seconds. After several near misses AFC took the lead with a clinical strike from Crawford Nuttall to lead 1-0 at the break. AFC added another in the second half but Tom Swinscoe and Leon Kenny, with his first goal in 15 years at the club, earned United a point.
The other game played in division C produced a shock for leaders Deans as they lost their 100 per cent record being held to a 1-1 draw by Govan Athletic. Deans still have a healthy four point lead at the top of the table and a vital two games in hand over Old Stretfordians seconds.
There was good news for two of our clubs with Dom Doyle’s achievements being recognised in the Manchester Evening News with an article by the Greater Manchester Moving Charity featuring their award as the Greater Manchester Club of the Year Award at the Greater Manchester Sports awards in 2018. The article gives a moving account of the club being formed in 2015 with no money, a second-hand kit and three footballs in memory of Dominic Doyle. He was a popular, talented and hard-working footballer who was only 21 when he was murdered in Denton while trying to protect his friend from a knife-wielding gang in 2015. Dom Doyle FC was formed with a view that their club wasn’t just going to be about football. It was going to bring people together and create a community. It would create a family of people from a variety of backgrounds and professions who share the same vision, play good football in the spirit of the game, keep Dominic’s memory alive and raise awareness of knife crime.
Three years later and they now have four teams playing in different leagues and won three cups last year and were very successful with the team who play in the L and C and are short odds to rise to the Premier division next season. Off the pitch they have been just as successful by creating a community at the club, allowing community groups to use their venue by renovating a derelict clubhouse and they have also supported a number of fundraisers with kit or transport – they have been true to the vision when setting up the club.
Good news also for Bedians who share their facility with Parrs Wood Celtic. Bedians FC are proud members of the league where they have won many trophies over the years.
The club are based at the excellent Bedians Sports Fields in East Didsbury along with Bedians RUFC and Oisins Gaelic Football.
The Bedians soccer team are rebuilding in Division Two and enjoying a good season with results improving week on week. They are managed by Rob O’Connor, who successfully managed the L and C inter League team for several years and he is delighted by the new kit tops the team have been provided with by an anonymous contributor which are very smart and attractive.
Rob said: “We are getting excellent numbers turning up for training each week at a fine indoor facility.”
Pics – 1 Bedians players in their new tops, 2 Action from Salford Vics v High Lane (Vics in green and white) 3 AFC Oldham seconds v Trafford United seconds (United in red)
Lancashire and Cheshire AFL
Parrs Wood keep up their momentum
Some horrible weather preceding the weekend saw a number of games postponed in a busy league and cup programme.
Manchester Amateur Cup
In the Manchester Amateur Cup Parrs Wood Celtic maintained their impressive form in Division One as they moved into the latter stages of the Manchester Amateur Cup with a hard-earned 2-1 win at Moorside Rangers Reserves, but, it was the end of Irlam Tigers’ hopes in the same competition as they lost out 4-1 at Failsworth Dynamoes.
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Domestic cup action featured quarter-finals in two competitions and Salford Victoria brought Village Manchester’s giant killing run to an end., Victoria settled the tie in the first 25 minutes with some stunning football from their exciting young team putting them 5-0 ahead and they added another before the break.
Victoria scored two more without reply in the second half with their goals provided by Ruben Rose (four), Joe Axon (three) and Ben Green.
All credit to Village who kept trying right to the end and contributed to an entertaining game, but found Victoria too hot to handle as they became the first team through to the semi-finals of the league’s top cup competition.
In a Wray Cup quarter-final at Signol Athletic, Radclyffe went into the break with a 2-0 lead thanks to strikes from Nathan Gray and Daniel Dearden.
They extended this early in the second half through Liam Murray and went on to win 4-1 to book their last four slot.
The top four in the Premier Division were out of action and High Lane moved on to their heels with a 4-1 win over South Manchester.
Aaron Dwyer and James Williamson had Lane 2-0 to the good at the break and they doubled their tally in the second half with Azuka Otutu providing the South consolation.
A mid-table contest at Milton saw the home team beat Mellor 3-2 and the other game in the division was deadlocked at 1-1 between Manchester Challenge Trophy finalists Abacus Media and Trafford United.
Chorltonians were the only title contenders in action in Division One and they moved into third place with an efficient 2-0 win over Moston Brook.
Newton are flying high in Division Two and they kept on top with a 5-0 win over Chorltonians Reserves which keeps them one point clear of Manchester Polonia with two games in hand.
Polonia were also in impressive form as they walloped Spurley Hey 8-0 and are now four points clear of Whalley Range Reserves who lost out 4-1 hosting basement team Santos.
Hollingworth stay in the mix with a 4-2 victory hosting Bedians.
Dukinfield Athletic are now a massive 13 points clear at the top of Division Three after a 5-1 win over Abacus Media Reserves, after taking advantage of their main rivals Signol Athletic and Radclyffe being in Wray Cup action, but, with Radclyffe still having six games in hand the race for top spot is far from over.
There were three games played in Division A with two of them ending with hours even as Signol Athletic Reserves and Trafford United Reserves shared two goals and Spurley Hey Reserves drew 2-2 with Rochdale Galaxy.
AFC Oldham Reserves enjoyed a 7-0 win over lowly Chorltonians Villa to move ten points clear of their opponents in the bottom two places.
It’s much tighter in Division B where five games were played.
Top of the shop are AFC Stockport after a 2-0 win over AFC Oldham 3rds but Old Stretfordians Reserves are just two points behind them after an exciting 3-2 win over promotion rivals Chadderton Cott Reserves.
A nine-goal thriller at Moston Brook 3rds saw the home team emerge one goal ahead of battling visitors Staly Lions.
Parrs Wood Celtic Reserves are also in the mix after a 3-1 win over Hooley Bridge Celtic Reserves and there were few problems for Bury Amateurs Reserves in a 4-0 win at Didsbury Reserves.
Just three games played in Division C and Old Stretfordians 3rds consolidated second place behind non-playing runaway leaders Deans with a 5-2 win at Chadderton Park Reserves.
Bury Amateurs 3rds were on fire with a 9-2 win at Govan Athletic and Whalley Range 3rds climbed into the top half of the table with a comfortable 6-0 win at Moston Brook 4ths.
Pics – action from – 1) Salford Victoria v Village Manchester (Victoria in green and white), 2) High Lane v South Manchester (South in blue), 3) Signol Athletic v Radclyffe (Radclyffe in blue), 4) Govan Athletic v Bury Amateurs 3rds (Govan in red), 5) Trafford United Reserves v Signol Athletic Reserves (Signol in yellow)