Andy Metcalf emerged as the hero for Chester Nomads as they overcame Upton AA in Thursday nights’ Chester FA Senior Cup Finalat Chester FC’s Swansway Stadium. The Nomads keeper pulled off 3 consecutive saves in a 3-2 penalty shoot–out victory that earned him the Man of the Match award as his side lifted the trophy for the first time since 2011. Early Nomads pressure was rewarded in the 15thminute when ex Upton striker Simon Andrews flicked the ball onto Matty Pierce who lifted the ball over Adam Bedford and into the net.Dan Delgado attempted to add to the lead but headed over and Ed Moss embarked on a mazy run before firing wide of the Upton goal. Shortly before the break Chris Melia went close with an attempted equalizer but the half ended with Nomads holding on to their slim advantage. Immediately after the resumption, Pierce almost doubled his tally only for his effort to shave the far post but the introduction of two substitutes on the restart brought a fresher look to the Upton play and within three minutes it paid dividends. One of the replacements, Dale Higham, moved sharply onto the ball and was brought down by Metcalf who was subsequently beaten by Lewis Dennan’s resultant spot kick. The goal spurred Upton onto greater efforts and they pressurized the Nomads rearguard without achieving the desired result with shots going wide of the goal. As the half wore on Nomads came back into the attacking picture and in a concerted attack, twice had shots cleared away from the line, Bedford ran out of his area to head the ball away and Chris Coughlin blocked another goal bound effort. Upton continued to probe at the other end but normal time ended with Andrews heading wide of the Upton goal from close range. As the teams tired during extra time goalmouth incidents were rare although Metcalf pulled off a smart save from a header while another Upton effort was blocked and Bedford was also called into action to deny Nomads. It was left to the dreaded penalty shoot out to separate the teams with Metcalf literally saving the day for his side while opposite number Bedford could count himself unlucky in thwarting two ofNomads attempts.
South Liverpool Reserves capped a memorable season for their club by clinching promotion to Division 2 by the narrowest of margins on Tuesday evening. Entering their final fixture of the campaign against visiting Upton AA Reserves, South needed to win by a 3 goal margin and their eventual 4-0 victory edged out Neston Nomads on goal difference. South had achieved their 3 goal target by half time, adding a 4th after the break, with doubles from Neal Hodson and Ryan McMahon [1 pen.] counting on the night. This success by the 2nd string arrives after their senior side had lifted the Division 1 title and the Youth team had completed the treble of championship and two cup final victories. More recognition for the South Liverpool club came with 1st team boss Martin Ryman being named as the Carlsberg Manager of the Month for April/May, this being the 2nd time Martin has collected the award during the campaign.
Congratulations go to West Kirby Youth on winning the WirralDistrict FA Under 18’s Youth Cup. In Monday mornings’ final at Ellesmere Port, they proved to be too strong for opponents BebAthletic building on a 4-0 interval lead to run out 7-1 against BebAthletic Youth. Ben Glover stole the show for the cup winners with a superb 5 goal haul which was added to by Tommy Johnstone and a penalty from Jack Ireland.
Sadly heavy rain caused the postponement of two cup finals, scheduled to be held at Cammell Laird 1907 FC, with the Haworth & Gallagher Bowl final featuring Division 2 champions Rainhill Town and runners-up Heswall being called off on Friday. The game will now take place at Bootle FC next Friday, 15th May, kick off 7.00 p.m.
The Wirral & District FA Senior Cup Final, between Mallaby & Vauxhall Motors, postponed from Wednesday, has been rescheduled for Monday 11th May Kick Off 7.00 @ Cammell Laird 1907 FC