Crosby Stuart U13s 6 Breeze 4
CROSBY had to battle hard and show strength of character in this tough County Cup quarter-final clash.
Breeze started the match strongly and took the lead early on. That spurred Crosby on and Christian Murphy scored the first of his treble after good work down the left following a Sam Hepworth throw-in.
Crosby's confidence grew as the half progressed and soon they found themselves 4-1 up at the change-around with Murphy having secured his hat-trick and Jack Copeland netting from close range.
The second-half started much as the first with Breeze applying pressure which was rewarded with three goals in the space of 10 minutes.
Crosby were then awarded a penalty when Luke Wilson-Jones was tripped in the box.
The post, however, denied Crosby the lead and the game opened up with chances falling to both sides.
Good footwork from Wilson-Jones allowed him to pass the ball across the front of the goal only for a Breeze defender to put the ball into his own net to put Crosby 5-4 ahead.
Wilson-Jones scored Crosby's sixth late on to put the game out of reach of Breeze.
Some great individual performances deserve a mention.
Man-of-the-match Jay Devine for a solid performance at right back, Verdell Nza for playing out of position but putting in a fine defensive display and Sam Hepworth for playing in unfamiliar territory on the left.
Crosby Stuart U14s 1 Real Brook U14s 0
CROSBY dominated this game but were struggling to convert their chances.
Real Brook’s goalkeeper was in outstanding form and kept his team in the game several times. Ewan McKevitt scored Crosby's goal midway through the second half.
Man-of-the-match was Lewis Grant.
Crosby Stuart U11s 8 Lostock 0
A GAME where both sides deserve credit.
On a freezing cold and wet winter’s morning, both teams gave their all.
Lostock’s goalkeeper may have conceded eight but she was outstanding, blameless for any of the strikes past her.
The goals came from Hannah Lenahan (4), Lacey McDonald, Megan Sorrell, Kate Richardson and Emily Solkin.
Crosby Stuart Youth U7s v Southport Trinity
THREE players all made their Crosby debuts and all equipped themselves well.
Both teams played well with Crosby being a little too strong for their opposition.
Sophie Sands was the pick of the team but all played their part in a great advertisement for mini football.
Hesketh Colts 0 Crosby Stuart U9s 9
CROSBY started the game on the front foot, pulling together as a team and passing the ball forward, to put pressure on Hesketh.
A well-struck corner from Jack Symes led to a fine goal for Danny Lamb. Skilful supporting play from Daniel Forsyth, and the rest of the team, created excellent chances and further goals for Lamb, Harry Forsyth and Symes.
Midfielder Forsyth read the game well, and was able to intercept to ball in the Hesketh half on many occasions to create further chances for the team.
Defenders Sam Coupland and Lawrence Smith supported each other well to contain Hesketh advances and play the ball forward.
This allowed the rest of the team to mount effective counterattacks. Lewis Tisdall had a brilliant match in goal, notably saving a well struck penalty.
Crosby Stuart U14s 6 Mags San Siro 1
BACK to winning ways for the boys who outplayed their opponents throughout.
Tom Moore opened the scoring with further goals coming from Tom Hewlett and Niall Gannon before the break.
The second-half was similar to the first with the boys on top at all times.
Further goals came from Hewlett, Dan McLoughlin and Dylan McGee which confirmed their domination.
Man-of-the-match went to Gannon who made superb debut and capped it off with a fine goal.
Crosby Stuart U11s 2 Birkdale R 3
A MAGNIFICENT cup match saw Crosby lose in the last minute of extra-time after Aiden Mooney had a blatant penalty turned down.
A much bigger, physical Birkdale side took the lead with just 30 seconds on the watch.
But then to Crosby's credit, Birkdale had to defend for the rest of the game.
Two fine goals from Will McDermott and a great performance showed that Crosby are moving in the right direction, and with a bit more luck would have won the game easily.
Town Green U7s v Crosby Stuart U7s
CROSBY battled hard but some excellent finishing was a big difference between the teams.
The second-half was a different contest and Crosby were very unlucky not to get on the scoresheet, which was down to a string of excellent saves from the Town goalkeeper.
Thomas Jackson excelled for Crosby both in defence and midfield.
Crosby Stuart U12s 1 TMS U12s 3
A BURST down the wing and shot in the first minute from Danny Don suggested a positive start but it was TMS who took the initiative.
The defence stood firm but the boys could not get out of their own half and the pressure finally told in the eighth minute.
They were slow to react to a short corner, allowing the ball to be floated in and over keeper Ciarán Brady.
The boys went two down after 12 minutes – a corner headed in despite Brady’s efforts – but this finally inspired them into putting up a fight.
Powerful runs from Josh Charnock began to expose the TMS defence and Jacob Johnston’s touch turned Caleb Willis’s pass into a chance to force a good save from the keeper.
At the other end, Brady was still busy and a series of saves and a horrible miss from the TMS forward kept the score at 2-0.
The boys started much stronger in the second-half and another surging run from Charnock in the 33rd minute forced a corner which Johnston touched home to halve the deficit.
Matty Johnson and the rest of the defence were much more assured now, with Joe Holbrook alert alongside him. They still needed man-of-the-match Brady to pull off a magnificent block to deny TMS a third goal in the 49th minute, followed by another save three minutes later as TMS broke quickly.
In between they should have brought the scores equal as Willis and Johnston again combined. Johnston rounded the TMS keeper only to see his shot cleared off the line by the defender.
TMS’s third goal came three minutes before the end, as the defence got pulled out of shape by the speed of the break, to give a flattering final score.
Crosby Stuart U16s 1 Formby White 3
REVENGE was sweet for Formby following a Crosby win two weeks ago.
This was a great game to watch, competitive in all areas. Formby edged the opening half and created the better of the chances but found Crosby keeper Matty Corris in fine form.
The deadlock was broken cruelly in the second-half when a corner from Formby swung right in, but the referee had missed a blatant foul on the keeper.
Crosby were now chasing the game and left gaps in places Formby took the advantage and went three up.
Paddy White pulled one goal back and then Crosby failed to convert a penalty.
Crosby finished the game the stronger – however it was too little too late.
Crosby Stuart U15s 0 Manor 1
A GAME in which Crosby expected to come out with all three points.
However, lady luck was against them and they lost to the only goal of the contest.