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Great Crosby U13s 2Crosby Stuart JFC U13s 4

THIS was an exciting Liverpool FA County Cup game in which both teams were fairly evenly matched until late in the second-half.

Great Crosby opened the scoring with a goal that was cancelled out by Luke Wilson-Jones shortly before half-time.

A second from Great Crosby soon after the break meant Crosby Stuart had to up the pace of their game.

Crosby Stuart's second equaliser again came from Wilson-Jones followed by further goals from Tom Riley and Christian Murphy to put the game beyond the reach of Great Crosby.

Man-of-the-match Charlie Hughes was outstanding at left-back, linking up well several times with Tom Cain who, after a great move, provided the cross for the fourth goal.

Sam Hepworth and James Walsh were a great partnership on the right, with some effective overlapping going on down the wing.

Luke Williamson was strong in the centre of defence, making crucial clearances when called upon.

Final mention to Verdell Nza who stepped in to take up the goalkeeper's job and made several outstanding saves to keep Crosby Stuart in the game and the cup.

Crosby Stuart U7sHesketh U7s

BOTH teams started well on cold morning at Meols Cop in Southport and were evenly matched until Thomas Jackson scored with a cool finish after ten minutes.

Hesketh equalised five minutes later with an excellent free-kick from outside the box.

Just as half-time approached, Grace Brown scored after an excellent run, chipping the goalkeeper as he came out to narrow the angle.

The Hesketh goalkeeper made a couple of other good saves before the referee blew for half-time.

Crosby Stuart started the second-half excellently, passing the ball with style and competing well in cold conditions.

Shay Matthews scored two more goals in quick succession, one after a long powerful run and cool finish.

Crosby continued to press forward and Kieran Breen capped a powerful midfield display with a left foot free-kick from the corner of the box.

After Hesketh clawed one goal back in the contest, Mark Campbell finished the scoring with a neat finish after some excellent passing and build-up play.

Crosby Stuart JFC U13s 8Predator 2

CROSBY comfortably went through to the semi-final of the cup with a solid performance.

There were braces from man-of-the-match Luke Wilson-Jones and Tom Cain and goals from Jack Copeland, Luke McClelland, James Walsh and debutant Christian Murphy.

The team played with confidence, putting together some great football to keep Predator on the back foot for most of the game. There were good performances too from Charlie Hughes, Sam Hepworth and Jay Devine who all deserve a mention.

Crosby Stuart JFC Ladies U11s 1

Wigan 0

HAVING only recorded one win this season, playing undefeated Wigan appeared a daunting task for the girls before kick-off.

However the Stuart Ladies showed all watching just what they are capable off and gave their best performance of the season.

They played outstanding football defending like Trojans and creating chance after chance.

The ladies struggled in front of goal before Lucy Jones popped up in the final minute with the match-winner.

Crosby Stuart JFC U9s 1Birkdale 0

CROSBY played an enjoyable game with Birkdale United.

A slow start from Crosby gave Birkdale some good chances and saw goalkeeper Oliver Hadwin make some excellent saves.

Crosby soon got into their stride and took control of the match.

Excellent passing play from Lewis Tisdall and James Fortune led to well-placed shots from Jack Symes and Danny Lamb and a goal from Ben Murphy.

Birkdale pushed forward in the second-half to create many chances but strong defending from Lawrence Smith and Kieran James saw Birkdale denied any score.

Crosby were able to counterattack with forward runs from Daniel Forsyth and Monolis Poniris.

A well fought game from Crosby which led to a positive result.

Crosby Stuart JFC U12s 2TMS U12s 1

A GREATLY-IMPROVED display gave the boys a richly-deserved win, which should have been by a bigger margin.

They took the match to TMS, maintaining a good tempo from the start and keeping them under pressure all over the pitch.

Neat passing created a host of openings as Jacob Johnston and Adam Wilding found space and time.

Caleb Willis, Lewis Halpin and Josh Charnock peppered the goal from long range and they finally took the lead in the 24th minute as Johnston got onto the end of Wilding’s cross to shoot back across the keeper.

The defence formed a solid foundation, with Tom Farley taking the man-of-the-match award and Joe Holbrook tidy in his work as TMS were forced back in the second-half.

Willis was consistently putting corners under the crossbar and in the 33rd minute Elliot Halpin bundled one over the line to double the lead.

Wilding’s volley after 45 minutes from another Willis corner produced a great save from the TMS keeper as they struggled to contain a rampant Crosby.

The one lapse allowed TMS a great long range goal and, deep into injury time, keeper Ciarán Brady was on hand to smother a shot from close range to ensure the three points were preserved.

Crosby Stuart JFC U14s 1

Mac Davo U14s 2

CROSBY’S 100% league record went down in a game containing few chances.

Crosby went 1-0 up through Josh Draper early in the first-half.

Mac Davo got back into the game after a defensive error gifted them a goal, and they sealed the win with another midway through the second period.

Crosby Stuart JFC U12s 2Fillies 4

THE under-12s were down to the bare bones again and started the game on the backfoot as Fillies pushed from the first whistle

Fillies took a deserved lead and this woke Crosby up.

They equalised from an Alice Fletcher strike before Fillies again took control and went into the second period 3-1 ahead.

In the second-half Crosby looked more like the team they can be.

Jess Hoole scored a great individual goal and Crosby pushed hard for an equaliser. It looked only a matter of time for the leveller to come, but with minutes remaining Fillies netted again to make it safe.

The girls can take heart from their second-half performance with Mia Riley Hickey worthy of a special mention.

Crosby Stuart JFC U16s 0Parkdale 2

CROSBY tried their best but could not find a way past a stubborn defence.

At times Parkdale sat with 10 players in or around the penalty area trying to hit Crosby on the break and that they did in the second period as what was a solid-looking Crosby midfield became sloppy and Parkdale punished them to progress in the County Cup.

Crosby Stuart JFC U8Southport FC

CROSBY were slow to get started in this game.

Jack Williams is worthy of a special mention for his great goal.

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