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Reds Win Joe Fagan Trophy (with photos)

Published on July 20, 2008

AFC Liverpool have brought the Joe Fagan Trophy home to Merseyside following a dramatic victory over Nelson in Lancashire.

A fine display from the reds resulted in a 1-1 draw at the end of 90 minutes, but true to Liverpool style, AFC mimicked our bigger brothers with a penalty shootout win.

Forward Martin Smeaton opened the scoring for AFC Liverpool after an outstanding turn set him up on goal. The ball came in at pace to Smeaton but he killed it with one touch and set himself up for the finish, scoring AFC Liverpool’s first goal from open play.

AFC Liverpool continued to dominate and only some outstanding saves from the Nelson keeper ensured that the reds went in only 1-0 up at half time.

Nelson scored an equaliser against the run of play after the interval but the reds continued to press.

For the second game running, a fine piece of skill by Dave Eaton resulted in a penalty for AFC Liverpool. Once more Crowder stepped up to the plate but this time the keeper was equal to the task, saving to his right.

The game finished as a stalemate despite almost constant pressure from the visitors.

The game went to a penalty shootout to decide the home of the Joe Fagan Cup. The reds converted all 5 of their penalties, including a fine penalty from Martin Crowder, who bravely chose to take a spotkick despite his earlier miss.

Nelson’s penalties were also high quality, yet one was skied over the bar, putting the cup in AFC Liverpool hands.

Final Score Nelson 1 AFC Liverpool 1 (3-5 after penalties)

Full lineup:

1 Paul Willis
2 Andy Barlow
3 Martin Crowder
4 Mark Bloxham
5 Sean Nightingale
6 James Dever (c)
7 Ian Sheridan
8 Dean Thurston
9 Martin Smeaton
10 Dave Eaton
11 Andy McCoy

12 Jay Chandler
14 Ian Johnson
15 Ryan Wignall
16 Dave Matthews
17 Kev Poole
18 Craig Cushion
19 Jon Bathurst
21 Terry McCormick


To view photographs of the Nelson v AFC Liverpool match please click here