Latest action and reports from Crosby Stuart’s junior football teams

Birkdale United 0Crosby Stuart JFC U13s 4

THE first 20 minutes of this County Cup quarter-final saw two very evenly-matched teams play some good end-to-end football, with both sides having chances to score.

The deadlock was broken when Luke Wilson-Jones scored the first of his hat-trick.

Birkdale continued to apply pressure but the Crosby defence of Liam Riley, Verdell Nza, Charlie Hughes and Jay Devine stood up to the test with goalkeeper Travis Wilson providing a safe pair of hands and taking charge of his area.

The central midfield partnership of Jack Copeland and Luke McClelland was effective in interrupting Birkdale's build-up play.

Down the flanks, Tom Cain on the left and James Walsh on the right, worked hard to create chances, feeding crosses and causing a nuisance in the Birkdale penalty area.

Crosby remained composed in the second-half and they were rewarded with a second from Wilson-Jones after determined play from Christian Murphy, who won the ball and showed super skill and determination to lay on a great pass.

Wilson-Jones’s third goal was put away with excellent power and accuracy and was shortly followed by a great tap-in by Nza to seal a well-deserved win.

Final mention to substitutes Sam Hepworth, who brought his pace to the right side of defence in the second-half to neutralise the Birkdale left, and Luke Williamson who slotted in effectively in the centre of defence.

Crosby Stuart JFC U14s 13Flames U14s 1

CROSBY dominated this game from start to end.

They were outstanding all over the pitch and really should have kept a clean sheet.

Goals came from man-of-the-match Dean Pittaras who hit four, Tom Rawsthorne and Michael Lee with a brace apiece, Ewan McKevitt, Callum Harewood, Kieran O'Brien, Sam Draper and Stefan McMahon.

Birkdale U16s 5Crosby Stuart JFC U16s 5

IT was obvious these two sides have not played for a while.

Birkdale have only recorded one point all season; however they found Crosby in a very generous mood.

Lucky for Crosby the Birkdale defence were also in a similar frame of mind.

The Crosby goals came from Liam Wilson with a double, Brenden Moran, Lewis Culshaw and Paddy White.

Crosby Stuart JFC U11s 2Redgate Rovers 2

A FANTASTIC game to start off the New Year saw Crosby come from behind twice – after dominating most of the game – to secure a point.

Crosby controlled most of the opening half with some great play but conceded just before half-time.

After the break a fine move between Kennedy and McDermott allowed Morrissey to drive in a fine equaliser.

Crosby then sat back and allowed Redgate to take the lead with 10 minutes to go.

This inspired Crosby who drove forward and scored a great goal from man-of-the-match Aidan Mooney.

Crosby then hit the post through McDermott,who then saw Redgate’s keeper make two world class saves from Campbell and McDermott once again.

Crosby Stuart JFC U14s 0AFC Liverpool 4

A HARSH result for the boys who were in with a shout until the last 15 minutes when fatigue took hold as there were no substitutes available.

Some good football was played on a difficult pitch and the boys had chances to get back into the game but it was not to be.

Man-of-the-match went to Tom Mugarza who was a colossus at the back.

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