THIS quarter cup tie to local rivals Formby Juniors was never going to be an easy encounter.
Formby FC fielding a strong side dominated the early part of the game.
Aaron McGowan (AJ), who showed total commitment to the cause by having a cast removed from his arm so he could take part, was a rock in midfield.
Dominic McGiveron’s inclusion always adds a touch of class and finesse.
When FFC did manage get through the FJ defence they came up against Zak Nicholson the FJ goalkeeper was in inspired form making point blank saves from Phil Redmond and Jake Clarke. On 30 minutes AJ hit a shot from 40 yards which Nicholson got the slightest of touches on to divert the shot onto the underside of the crossbar .
The half-time introduction of Aaron Clarke, Will Gardiner and Daragh Hall added fresh impetus to the game and within two minutes Formby FC got the all important first goal. Clarke played an intelligent ball down the right to Gardiner who sent in a cross which the goalkeeper seemed to deal with but the ball somehow spun under his arm and to the feet of Redmond who thumped the ball home from five yards out.
Darragh Hall showed what a technically good player he is with some clever turns and intelligent slide rule passes The game continued in the same vain as the first half with Juniors unable to get beyond the impressive Formby FC centre halfs Andy Harrison and Tom Aylmer.
Although the final score line did not reflect the balance of play Junior’s deserve an awful lot of credit for the way they continue to improve. (MoM Andy Harrison.)
The competition for places at Formby FC U15’s is immense with a squad of 22 top players who are capable of playing week in week out .
And with the team now being in two semi-finals and challenging for the league title everyone of them will get opportunity’s over the next few weeks to show just how good they are.
Formby FC U13’s 2
Birkdale Black 4
FORMBY only had themselves to blame for throwing away all three points, writes Graham Sproston
A speculative cross come shot was well saved by S.Jackson-Guy in the Formby goal only for the rebound to hit the Birkdale striker without him even knowing about it and the ball rolled over the line.The Formby defence were again caught napping as Birkdale doubled their lead after six minutes when their striker was allowed to run clear and slot the ball home. Formby got themselves back into the game after 20 minutes when a Barlow corner was superbly headed home by Wright. Formby failed to deal with a long ball and it was left to bounce the Birkdale striker took full advantage and had a clear run on goal and duly obliged by making it 1-3.Birkdale added a fourth right on half time.
In the second half a Robinson clearance fell for to Taylor who found Lloyd. He played Drela through but his shot was well saved by the Birkdale keeper but the rebound came to Carragher who slotted the ball home to make it 2-4. FFC should have scored again moments later when Wright’s superb through ball found Carragher but his shot drifted just wide. Birkdale almost added to their tally but for a superb save from S.Jackson-Guy diving away to his right. Formby continued to press though after that little blip and Barlow’s corner was met by Carragher who fired a rocket shot which smashed against the post and was scrambled clear by the Birkdale defence. M.Robinson passed to Hitchmough who flicked the ball through to Carragher but his shot was again well saved by the visiting keeper. Wright was Formby’s most outstanding player at the heart of the midfield and quite rightly won man of the match.