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Under 13’s Through to Cup Final

AFC Liverpool Under 13’s secured their place in the Liverpool County FA Saturday Tesco Cup this weekend.

The team came through a tough semi final, beating Knowsley Rangers 2-1, with the AFC Liverpool goals coming from Connor Swain and Nial Walsh. They now face Westpool in the final, which will take place on Tuesday March 20th, kick off 6.15pm at the Liverpool Soccer Centre, Walton Hall Park, L4 9XP. Congratulations to the lads on reaching the final and here’s hoping you can bring home the silverware. Good luck.

In other youth team news, the Under 7’s beat AFC Cronus 8-2 in the bitter cold, with special mention going to full back Leighton Riley who claimed his first ever goal. The other goals came from James Broughton and Paul Kyffin, who each scored two and Finley Riley, Charlie Holgate and Steve Bennet all chipping in with one apiece.

The Under 18’s were knocked off the top of the table into third place as they went down 2-1 at home to East Villa, who climbed above them into second. Behind to a Joe Edwards goal, Andrew Sweeney levelled for the Reds but Richard McAleese grabbed a late winner for the away side. Kirkstall, who had an 11-0 win over Carters, now top the table by three points.

Meanwhile, the Under 14’s picked up an impressive 2-0 away win over league leaders Birkdale United. The match report comes from manager Daniel Blair:

Birkdale Utd vs. AFC Liverpool
Craven Minor Under 14

The AFC Liverpool Under fourteens travelled away to Carr Lane, the home of table topping Birkdale United on a clear and crisp Sunday afternoon that saw the two teams produce a fast paced and entertaining encounter.
The first half was a scrappy but full blooded affair with AFC only producing their normal flowing football during brief periods. However the lads started off strongly with the hard-working forwards Dave White and Declan Williams putting the Birkdale defence under pressure on numerous occasions which created a couple of clear cut chances during the opening 15 minutes that were unfortunately not taken. Birkdale tried to capitalise on a couple of moments of indecisive AFC play but good saves from Jake Young and superb covering play from the defenders stopped the home team going into the lead. As the half wore on AFC started to gain control of the match and began to stretch and open up the game to their advantage but had to be continually on guard as the home team looked press whenever they had any opportunity.
Half Time: Birkdale United 0 -0 AFC Liverpool
The second half continued in the same pattern of the first but with AFC slowly gaining more of a stranglehold on the game. Tom Kelleher and Ross Bailey battled well in midfield and Liam Worth showed great attitude and determination at the heart of the defence and he was well supported by Patrick Blair and the full backs James Tyrer and Ryan Patterson.
The deadlock was broken by Joshua Wright after the Birkdale keeper parried a Declan Williams shot and it was no less than the AFC lads deserved. The right wing started to generate some good passages of play with Ryan Patterson, Danny Dooley and Joe Mitchell looking to play football whenever possible. Danny Dooley also picked up the second goal with a fine curling effort that bent around the keeper after a good breakaway run through midfield.
Birkdale pressed in the last ten minutes but they couldn’t break through the strong and resolute defensive lines that the under 14’s had placed around their goal and the game ended with AFC on the break looking for the third goal.
It wasn’t a vintage performance from the lads but it was a performance they can look back on with some pride after going to the league leader’s home ground and taking all three points away from a very good Birkdale side.
Full Time: Birkdale United 0-2 AFC Liverpool
AFC Liverpool Ladies went down 5-2 at home to Macclesfield Town, a result that keeps them ninth in the table.


Posted by:  afclpapakuz         Date:  February 20, 2012         Popularity:  757 views

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