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Houlihan’s Sunday League: Rocky's Gym Cup
THE semi-finals of the Rocky's Gym Cup managed to survive the weather; Lewis Donoghue scored twice with Paul Wallace grabbing the other as FC Ridger Athletic accounted for Allport Athletic (Mike Ryan) 3-1.
Joining them in the Final will be Armchair Alliance who knocked out New Ferry Rangers (Dixon) 4-1, thanks to efforts from Steve Abbott (2), Robert Marrs and Mark Bishop.
In the Premier Division, Jack Ford and Ray Cox scored for Brow as they won 2-0 at Argyll FC and Upton Villa had a 6-3 success at Stirrup Sports & Social (Chris Griffiths, Paul Caine, Kevin Upton).
Division Two action saw Merebrook maintain their title challenge; two goals from Danny Wilson and Anthony McCarthy, with singles from Tom Belton, Jim O’Toole and Kieran Hughes, secured a convincing 7-1 victory over Riley’s FC (Noonan).
Farmers Arms Moreton recorded a fine 3-1 result against top of the table Shaftsbury 'B', thanks to goals from Jason Taylor, Alex Broadbent and Will McFerrin.
FC Vaults hit eight at Beechwood Falcons in Division Three; Dave Pasko hit a hat-trick, Dave Ratcliff got two, with singles from Dave Conner, Wayne Geddes and an own goal in their 8-3 win; Luke Wynne (2) and Alex Carlton getting the Beechwood replies.
Glenavon Youth moved level on points at the top of the Youth Division, as Tom Fenley, Connor Egan and Daniel Dixon scored in a 3-1 result over Cammell Laird Youth (Aaron Travis).
Veronica Conway Cup action saw Chris Griffiths and Gary Duckers score for Stirrup Sports & Social, with Mike Burke and Terry Cotgrave scoring for Queens Park as the game ended 2-2 after extra-time.
It was Stirrup that held their nerve in the penalty shoot-out to knock out the favourites and take their place in the next round.
Extra-time was also required in the David Tacy Cup as Shaftsbury 'A' (Bell, Large, Griffiths) won 3-2 at Allport Athletic (Jacques Bonfrer 2) and Lancelyn Glenavon (James Beattie, Dean Corris, Alfie Heywood, Andy Jones) won 4-3 at Riley’s FC (Taafe, Loftus, Ashcroft).
In the Tony Houlihan's Memorial Challenge Cup Round 5, Bidston Hotel were too strong for Armchair Alliance, as goals from Liam Casey (2), Mark McNoon, Jamie Brown and Tommy Baker, sealed a 5-2 win.
Round two of the Presidents Cup saw Churchwood beat Tower 1-0 thanks to a Ben Holmes effort and Birkenhead Youth 'B' beat Lions 3-0; Ross Parry, Scott Connolly and Matty Roberts on target.
Rangers Breaks (John Cook) and FC Ridger Athletic needed penalties to decide a winner in the Rocky’s Gym Cup after finishing 1-1; it was Ridger that went through after the shoot-out.
Shaftsbury 'B' (Lawler 2, Verdin, Caulfield) knocked Merebrook (Kieran Hughes, Tommy Belton, Carl Boyd) out of the Tony Smith Cup 4-3 after extra-time.
Millcroft defeated PSV Athletic 3-0, thanks to goals from Billy Richards, Mark Fitzpatrick and Jack Brookes.
In the Stephen Dean Bowl, Glenavon Youth (Connor Egan, Tom Fenley) won 2-1 at AC Hoylake JFC (Tom O’Neill) and John Dawson scored the only goal of the game as Vauxhall Colts beat Shore Villa Youth 1-0.
Ashville Colts knocked Vauxhall Youth out of the Trafalgar Shield, Luke Street, Callum Smith, Dean Fleming and Joel Addy scoring in the 4-1 win.
In the Premier Division, leaders Rock Ferry Social had two goals from Josh Hughes to thank for a narrow 2-1 win against Lairds Sports Club (Kieran Delaney). Dock stay in the title battle following efforts from Mike McGraa and Jamie Kenyon in their 2-1 success at Argyll (Scallion).
Upton Villa lost ground at the top as goals from Steve Forbes, Lee Yarlett and Jon Squirrell, gave Heygarth the points in a 3-1 win.
Adam Lea, John Paul Wheadon and Ryan Thompson scored for Shore Villa in a 3-2 win at Brow (Jack Ford, Ray Cox).
The only Division One game saw Joe Morgan get the winner for Saddle Club as they beat AFC Arrowe Park 1-0.