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Four clubs through to LFA Sunday Trophy Quarter-finals
Ribbleton (green) v New Albert - LFA Sunday Trophy
Ribbleton players celebrate Aaron Houghton's winner
It was a good day at the office as four of our five clubs competing in today’s fourth round (last 16) of the LFA Sunday Trophy made it through to the quarter-finals.
Ribbleton, who were surprisingly beaten 5-1 by division 3 side Lostock Hall in the Challenge Cup last Sunday, recovered their composure to beat top Blackpool side New Albert 1-0 in an exciting game at the UCLan Sports Arena. Teams from the Fylde coast can invariably be relied upon to give a good account of themselves and the New Albert lads were no exception. Well organised and with plenty of encouragement from the touchline, they took the game to Ribbleton and the longer the game progressed the more likely that we could expect the dreaded penalty shootout.
The Ribbleton team had some notable absentees in goal scorer Richie Allen and others who were unavailable through suspensions. However, the lads that did play gave their all from start to finish, none more so than Man-of-the-Match Carl Vasey who ran himself into the ground and kept the New Albert defence on their toes. The deciding goal came in the 78th minute and it was a peach of an effort from Aaron Houghton who curled the ball into the roof of the net. The New Albert manager was heard to comment, “You can’t argue with that”. The last ten minutes were frenetic as New Albert threw the kitchen sink at getting an equaliser but the Ribbleton defence stood firm. Two good, sporting sides with special credit to the New Albert players and officials who congratulated the Ribbleton players at the final whistle. And a word of praise for referee Phil Ryan who had an excellent game.
Bamber Bridge United travelled to Bolton for a 5-2 win against Bolton Lads & Girls Club who were members of our League last season but having come runners up in division 1, decided against going into our premier division. Stephen Green, Andy Conroy (2), Scott Johnson and Matt Dewhurst scored for Bamber Bridge, Acregate Lane LC hosted another Bolton team Bolton Town and ran out 9-0 winners through Ged Morris, Bailey Barbour, Paul Turner, Jack Anderton who bagged a hat trick, Martin Savigar (2) and Ashley Charles. Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs had a stern test at Middleton Town with the game ending at 5-5 and Southport & Ainsdale winning the shoot out 7-6. Kevin Edgar netted a hat trick with Robert Lamont and Kristian Solaru adding the others.
Theatre Boys fell by the wayside losing out 7-1 to Crown Paints (Darwen) who perennially do well in this competition. Marc Mullan scored their goal.
The match of the day in division 1 was decided by a Tom Kane goal which enabled leaders Arkwrights to beat third placed Walton 1-0 and they are separated by Earnshaw Bridge who beat Vernon Sports 7-0, but they have games in hand. Leyland Orient won 3-2 at Fulwood Park Rangers to stay second in division 2 and third placed AFC Preston won 8-0 at Gregson Lane. Lostock Hall who won 7-0 at Ribbleton Wanderers have a 10 point lead in division 3 but they will be keeping an eye on second placed Park United who beat BAE Warton 4-0 and they too have games in hand.
Youth Division Red leaders Fulwood Amateurs beat Bolton County 1-0 at Lightfoot Green and Padiham in second spot won 5-3 away at Coppull United. Southport lost 2-0 at Poulton but still lead Youth Division White but Cadley maintained their 100% record with a 4-3 home win against Garstang. Youth Division Blue leaders BAE Warton beat Ribbleton 5-0 and second placed Penwortham St Teresas won 3-2 at Lostock St Gerards.
Round up and photos by Eamonn McNamara.
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