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Marine U7s v Northfield U7s

THE match started with Northfield putting Marine under a lot of pressure and creating a number of good chances.

They took the lead early with a great shot from outside the box, which ended up in the top corner.

Harry was then forced into two brilliant saves to keep Marine in the contest.

Marine settled and began to get into the game and pressed the Northfield defence, creating a number of chances, which they were unlucky not to draw level with.

The second half started and Marine dominated early on, Leo coming very close with a great free-kick that went just past the post.

After this Marine kept creating chances but could not find an equaliser.

Northfield then started to press and came close when one of their strikers hit the post from an almost impossible angle.

The pressure finally told when Dan Calderon picked up the ball and easily beat a defender and cracked a low shot past the keeper. Towards the end of the game Marine had a couple of chances but couldn't get the goal their play deserved.

The final whistle went and a fabulous game finished all square.

John was delighted with the effort put in by all the boys in a tough match, probably the best clash all season. It was a great game to watch between two brilliant teams.

Man-of-the-match went to Harry for another excellent performance.

FC Marine U8sv Football Tots U8s

TWO closely-matched teams battled out a thrilling cup-tie, which could have gone either way.

A tight opening half saw the Tots gain a slight advantage and going into the second half they increased their lead and looked to have put the game beyond Marine.

However, the young lads had other ideas and a fantastic comeback with two goals from Ethan and one from Owen ensured it was honours even.

Man-of-the-match went to Joe B for a great performance.

Credit to both teams for producing a marvellous game of football.

Marine FC U8sv Ormskirk West End U8s

MARINE bounced back to form in fine style running out comfortable winners against a team who had recently put them to the sword in their league encounter.

It was a huge turnaround in fortunes for this talented team playing with a passion and confidence that we had come to expect.

Goals came from Adam C who netted four times, Ted and Louie Mc.

All of the players stepped up to the plate but man-of-the-match went to the goalkeeper, Riley, who has been tremendous all season and deserved the recognition from his coaches and fellow players for another accomplished performance.

Marine U12s 4 Custy Lee Jones U12s 1

THIS cup quarter-final tie threw together the top two in the league with only goal difference separating them.

It promised to be a mouth-watering tie and it did not disappoint.

Despite losing to their rivals in their previous league encounter, Marine started the game in a determined fashion putting early pressure on the Custys’ back line.

Despite dominating the early exchanges, Marine could not find a way past a resolute keeper.

As time progressed it looked like Marine would not get the goal their fine play deserved but a 15-minute period before the break was to prove crucial.

Two well-taken goals from Bobby Short and a speculative effort from Jack Sadler wide on the right put Marine well in command. It was no more than their play deserved.

The second half saw Custys try a more direct approach with a little success as for the first time in the game they had a little bit of pressure.

However, the Marine goal was rarely threatened and it took a harsh penalty decision to give them a faint glimmer of hope.

It was short-lived though, as Marine upped their game again and began to catch Custys out on the break time and time again.

Any hopes of a Custys’ comeback were put to bed with a well-deserved goal from Cameron Grant.

It really was a tremendous performance from Marine who continued their excellent run since the turn of the year.

The availability of a full squad has made a huge difference as they go from strength to strength.

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