So close for Southport in Lancs U18s Cup and Craven Minor round up

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Lancashire FA Under 18 Cup

Southport FC Youth 3-3 Fylde Youth
Lancashire FA Under 18 Cup

For a side still unbeaten over either 90 or 120 minutes the exit from two cup competitions via the lottery of penalty shoot outs is difficult to take.

Southport U18s went into Sundays Lancashire FA Under 18 Cup game against AFC Fylde on the back of a run of form which had seen them score 26 goals in 5 games. Their opponents were the side that would have been their opponents in the Fa Youth cup had it not been for their last penalty defeat at Newcastle Benfield.

With a point to prove Southport started more brightly than their full-time academy counterparts forcing early saves and having efforts cleared off the line in a dominant first half an hour.

The breakthrough eventually came with Adam McFarlane-Johnson capitalising on Fylde’s failure to clear a goalmouth scramble.
As the game settled Fylde found their rhythm, levelling before half time and taking an early second half lead. With Southport chasing the game Fylde snatched another against the run of play and fifteen minutes to go were 3-1 up.

Southport showed dogged determination and captain Sean Weston was the embodiment of everything good about this promising side. He lead by example as the side refused to lie down and take defeat. Substitute Cameron Dalgleish, returning from a spell on the sidelines through injury, got on the end of a cross from fellow striker Will Meredith to give Southport hope and as time ticked on Southport looked dangerous. Jake Young bagged the equaliser shortly before the death but with no extra time in county competitions it was straight to penalties as the referee blew his whistle.

The Fylde keeper who had kept them in the game during the first half an hour was their hero again as he made two excellent penalty saves.

Final score Southport U18 3 – 3 AFC Fylde Youth (AFC Fylde won 4-2 on penalties).

Man of the Match: Sean Weston (SFCY).


Results Week Ending 30th November 2014

Under 11 Premiership

Burscough 7-1 Birkdale United
Maghull Youth 0-2 Southport FC Juniors Formby JSC White 3-1 Trinity White S&A Red 2-1 Redgate White

Under 11 Championship

Trinity Blue 5-0 Hesketh Colts Formby JSC Black 5-5 Phoenix Redgate Yellow 6-5 Formby Athletic

Under 12 John Disley Cup

Hesketh Colts 1-4 Trinity Blue

Under 12 Premiership

Formby JSC White 4-4 Town Green Trinity White 1-9 Formby Rangers Birkdale United 6-1 Formby Athletic

Under 12 Championship

S&B Yellow 0-9 Ormskirk
Redgate Rovers 4-4 Southport FC Juniors Mitch Red Warriors 1-9 S&B Red
S&A Amateurs 2-5 Mitch Green

Under 13

Birkdale Black 7-0 Birkdale S Southport FC Juniors 1-3 Formby JSC

Under 14

North Sefton 4-0 S&A Amateurs Southport FC Juniors 7-2 Southport Trinity Redgate Rovers 3-5 Birkdale Black

Under 15

Redgate Rovers 4-2 Churchtown Athletic Southport Trinity 3-1 Southport FC Juniors The Hares 0-2 Birkdale United

Under 16

Southport FC Juniors 3-3 Formby JSC Jaguars Red 2-4 Redgate Yellow
S&A Amateurs 1-2 Jaguars White Redgate Green 0-9 Churchtown Athletic

Under 17/18 Premiership

Redgate Rovers 6-3 Myers
S&A Red 6-1 Lydiate
AFC Liverpool 8-4 Birkdale United

Under 17/18 Championship

Dynamo Rangers 1-4 Hudson Celtic Southport Trinity 1-0 Redgate Yellow Formby JSC Black 0-2 Birkdale Black

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Fixtures Week Ending 7th December 2014

Under 11 Trisconi Cup

Crosby Stuart v Southport FC Juniors Trinity White v Redgate White

Under 12 John Disley Cup

Town Green v Formby JSC White Ormskirk v Formby Rangers

Under 13 Tom Galvin Cup

Southport FC Juniors v Formby JSC

Under 14 Anita Shaw Memorial Cup

Southport FC Juniors v Southport Trinity Redgate Rovers v North Sefton

Under 16 Adam Bell Cup

Southport FC Juniors v Churchtown Athletic

Under 17/18 Geoff White Memorial Cup

Birkdale United v Burscough Green Myers v Birkdale Black

Under 17 Premiership

Hudson Rangers v Town Green




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