Southport  Craven Minor JFL

Salford City Youth 2 Southport FC Youth 2 (aet Southport won 5-4 on penalties)

Southport U18s made history and continued their good form with victory over Salford City in the FA Youth Cup 1st Qualifying Round. The game went the full distance after goals from Adam

McFarlane-Johnson and Cameron Dalgleish were twice cancelled out in normal time, finishing 2-2 with Southport coming through 5-4 after the spot kicks with Man of the Match Adam Thorpe

converting the decisive penalty.

Many expected little less than a Salford victory under the lights of Moor Lane. This didn’t affect Southport in the slightest who took the game to their opponents from the first whistle with Adam

Thorpe a constant threat coming in and creating from the left hand side of midfield.

It was Southport who took the lead after a slide rule pass down the right hand side released winger Adam McFarlane-Johnson who calmly slotted past the oncoming Salford keeper. Port

almost added a second soon after when Cameron Dalgleish went close with a left-footed strike from outside the area. The movement from Southport’s attackers was causing the Salford defence

a real problem who looked susceptible to the through ball in behind. Salford then began to pose a real threat up front & Southport struggled to pick up the movement from the Salford front two. The inevitable then happened, a ball down the left hand side caught the defence off guard and the cross was met by Salford’s number 10 who finished well with an accurate left foot volley into the bottom corner. Both sides continued to press forward with Paul Jewell firing wide as the visitors looked to regain the lead. Southport continued to defend well against Salford’s physical presence up front and the score remained level at the break.

Southport made a slight tactical change for the 2nd period changing to a 4-3-3 formation in an attempt to cut out the space the host’s strikers enjoyed in the 1st half. This seemed to work

immediately as Paul Jewell showed discipline in front of the back four and marshalled the midfield. Ben Hatch continued to press the opposition back with his driving runs from midfield as Southport looked the brighter of the two teams. Port then got their reward when full back Jay Hall played a delightful 40 yard diagonal ball to Cameron Dalgleish who controlled and finished unerringly into the back of the Salford net. The size of the pitch then began to play a part with cramp beginning to set in for both sides. This resulted in the first change of the game which saw Dalgleish, who had

been excellent in leading the line, replaced by Jordan Haskell. Despite Port’s dominance, it didnt take too long for Salford to get another equaliser. Skipper Sean Weston looked to have won the ball just outside the area but the referee thought otherwise and gave a free kick to Salford. The result was not what Southport deserved as the delivery was met at

the far post and headed into the bottom left corner of Rainford’s goal.

Southport then made two more changes in quick succession as they looked to find a winner. Jake Young replaced the excellent Adam McFarlane-Johnson down the right who had provided a

constant threat with his pace keeping Salford pressed back. David Tallant also came on for the dynamic Ben Hatch who, again, had caused havoc in midfield with his fantastic ability to run at the

defence with real power and purpose.

The changes added much needed freshness to the game and although Southport were now without a recognised striker, they still looked dangerous going forward and Tallant prevented any

option for Salford to find their strikers easily. Port also remained resolute at the back as Vita Mbolokele showed excellent fitness levels right to the end and dealt with the physical and direct

approach of the Salford strike force superbly. The scores remained level after the 90 minutes soextra time beckoned.

Both sides looked to tire but this didn’t stop Southport looking for the winner. This nearly came when Jordan Haskell, who had been a thorn in the side of the Salford defence whose tired legs

couldn’t keep track of his intelligent movement between the lines. Haskell raced clear onto Conal Gallagher’s through ball but could only force a good save low down to the keepers left. Salford

could also have snatched it deep into the 2nd half of the extra period. Weston made a fantastic challenge on the edge of his area but was then blocked in his attempt to cover the Salford number

9 who was one on one with Rainford who made a magnificent fingertip save to deny a late winner.

So it was to penalties and the drama was only just beginning. Southport must have gone into the shootout with fond memories after their cup final victory last season was decided by this method.

Gallagher, Young & Mbolokele all converted successfully as did 4 of the 5 Salford players. This meant as Paul Jewell stepped up to take Southport’s final penalty, he knew he needed to score

to keep the game alive. A pressure penalty if ever there was one. Salfords keeper guessed right and got a hand to it, only to claw the ball back out. The referee and linesman adjudged the ball to have

crossed the line quite clearly, much to the disappointment of the Salford players and substitutes who had already began their celebrations on the pitch.

To sudden death and the Salford taker had to compose himself as he stepped up. He struck the ball high to Rainford’s left, who guessed right and made a superb save. Step up Adam Thorpe, the 16

year old had been Port’s liveliest player throughout the 120 minutes and it seemed fitting for him to have the opportunity to win the game – cue the celebrations! He didn’t disappoint as the ball

was slotted into the corner giving the Salford keeper no chance at all.

Southport progress to the 2nd qualifying round for the first time in their history. The next tie is away at Clitheroe, to be played the week commencing 6th October 2014

Results Week Ending 28th September 2014

Under 11 Premiership

Redgate White 0-1 S&A Red

Burscough 1-1 Maghull Youth

Formby JSC White 2-1 Southport FC Juniors


In another fascinating game in the Premiership, both teams went into the game sharing the top

spot and as always the game was played like a Merseyside Derby.

It was Southport FC who turned up in the 1st half and they dominated the midfield in that period

and always looked as if they had an extra player and were allowed way too much time and space. It

was only great goalkeeping from David Meadow in the Formby goal that kept the score down to

1-0 to at half time.

Formby came flying out the traps in the second half. They were first to most balls, won most

tackles and created numerous chances. Two goals from a Harry Forsyth free kick and a real

poacher’s goal from Tom Harrison, who followed up a great save from the Southport keeper, put

Formjby ahead. Tom was a constant threat in the 2nd half with a phenomenal pace.

The second half performance from Formby was really impressive with Man of the Match Jack

Lemmens taking control in midfield, but every player was outstanding in that second half, from the

keeper to Tom Harrison & Dan Griffin up front.

Under 11 Championship

Hesketh Colts 0-6 S&A Blue

Crosby Stuart 9-1 Redgate Yellow

Formby JSC Black 4-1 Phoenix

Trinity Blue 3-3 Formby Athletic

Under 12 Premiership

Hesketh Colts 8-0 Formby Athletic

Birkdale United 1-2 Town Green

Trinity White 0-9 Altown United

Under 12 Championship

Redgate Rovers 3-6 Mitch Green

S&A Amateurs 3-2 S&B Red

Ormskirk 2-2 Southport FC Juniors

Formby JSC Black 8-0 Phoenix

Under 13

No fixtures

Under 14

S&A Amateurs 2-7 Southport FC Juniors

Hesketh Colts 5-3 Redgate Rovers

Southport Trinity 0-5 Birkdale Black

Birkdale United 5-2 Formby JSC

Under 15

The Hares 3-2 Redgate Rovers

Formby JSC 2-0 Southport FC Juniors

Southport Trinity 3-2 Birkdale United

Under 16

Redgate Green 0-9 Hesketh Colts

Under 17/18 Premiership

No fixtures

Under 17/18 Championship

No fixtures

Fixtures Week Ending 5th October 2014

Under 11 Trisconi Cup

Formby JSC White v S&A Red

Maghull Youth v Redgate White

Trinity White v Formby Athletic

Southport FC Juniors v Redgate Yellow

Hesketh Colts v Birkdale United

S&A Blue v Burscough

Formby JSC Black v Trinity Blue

Under 12 John Disley Cup

Formby JSC Black v Hesketh Colts

Southport FC Juniors v Formby Rangers

Altown United v Redgate Rovers

Under 13 Tom Galvin Cup

Hesketh Colts v Southport Trinity

Southport FC Juniors v Birkdale R

Under 14 Anita Shaw Memorial Cup

Birkdale United v North Sefton

Under 15 Tom Owens Cup

Redgate Rovers v Formby JSC

Churchtown Athletic v Southport FC Juniors

The Hares v Southport Trinity

Under 16 Adam Bell Cup

Redgate Yellow v S&A Amateurs

Under 17/18 Geoff White Memorial Cup

Town Green v Myers

AFC Liverpool v Hudson Celtic

S&A Amateurs v Hudson Rangers

Redgate Rovers v Birkdale United

Lydiate v Burscough Green

Formby JSC Black v Redgate Yellow

Birkdale Black v S&A Blue

Dynamo Rangers v Southport Trinity

By Mike Taylor

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