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Tuesday March 31, 2015
Sunday League’s £2,592.02 for Derian House

(l-r) Cameron Daley, Megan Round and Max Oldfield with the New Longton Rovers team and the amount collected for Derian House

Cameron Daley (left) Megan Round and Max Oldfield with the New Longton Rovers team and the amount collected for Derian House this season.

Clubs and players from the Lancashire Sunday Football League have raised £2,592.02 for Derian House Children’s Hospice via the raffle and auction at the Christmas 2014 league meeting plus individual donations from Acregate Lane LC, Walton Athletic FC, Lostock Hall SC, Gregson Lane FC, Tarleton Corinthians FC and New Longton Rovers FC.

Derian House has been the League’s adopted charity for the past 11 seasons during which time the clubs have raised £31,793.22 for the Hospice.

League Chairman Eamonn McNamara said, “Our clubs have once again risen to the occasion by their generous support for this important charity and this is our way of putting something back into the community in which we operate”.

Eamonn McNamara.

Sunday March 29, 2015
A wet start to Spring

I'm sick of this rain.

It was the start of spring this morning but the clocks going forward did not herald a change in the weather and as a result we only managed to get 8 games played with those on Moor, Frenchwood, Ribbleton, Worden and Penwortham Holme postponed.

Ingol Rangers closed the gap at the top of the premier division to 3 points from local rivals AFC Ingol and they have a game in hand on the Lancashire Champions plus a marginally better goal difference so it looks as if this particular dispute is destined to go down to the wire. Today Rangers faced New Longton Rovers and promptly found themselves two down before pulling level then going 3-2 down before finishing the stronger to win 4-3. Pete Wright bagged a hat trick for Ingol and Jon McDonald got the other. New Longton who had a man sent off scored via Kyle Chambers (2) and Shane Oldfield.

Ashton Villa after last week’s stutter beat Theatre Boys 1-0 through a Karl Luisi strike and in doing so reclaimed pole position in division 1 from Grange who did not play today. Springfields and Gregson Lane Wanderers drew 2-2, Dan Gardner and Ryan Kay scored for Springfields with Jack Mountain scoring both Wanderers goals.

Warton Typhoons beat Waverley 2-1 in division 2 at St Annes which leaves both teams on 30 points and Waverley have played a game more. The game was decided by two fine strikes from Henry Ogden with Martyn O’Malley replying for Waverley.

A hat trick from Craig Young plus an own goal saw Gregson Lane beat Ribbleton Wanderers 4-1 in division 3, Dan Holland scored for Ribbleton and Southport Vulcan reclaimed top spot from Shawes with a 5-2 win over Fulwood Park Rangers. Stephen Wilson, Thomas Mahamotho (3) and Mark Jeffers scored for Southport who now have 83 points to Shawes 80 but Shawes have a game in hand.

Ramsbottom United beat Bolton Lads & Girls Club 6-2 in youth red and Southport beat Lostock Hall SC in youth blue.

Round up by Eamonn McNamara.

Friday March 27, 2015
AFC Ingol win the LFA Sunday Trophy

AFC Ingol Chairman Ged Carberry holding the LFA SundayTrophy

AFC Ingol joint managers Pete Marsden (left) and Sean Stoney with Karen Marsden holding the Trophy

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AFC Ingol were crowned Kings of Lancashire at the County Ground tonight after they beat Boars Head Thistle (Blackpool) 6-5 on penalties after the scores were level 0-0 at full time and in winning the LFA Sunday Trophy Final they became the 8th different club from this League to capture this most glittering of prizes.

The LFA Sunday Trophy was first contested in 1972 (44 years ago) and it has been now been won by teams from this League on no less than 14 occasions. AFC Ingol have now been added to the Roll of Honour and their success tonight goes to re-enforce the strength and depth of clubs in this League.

This was always going to be a tight affair contested by the two best Sunday teams in the County and so it proved with both sides cancelling each other out and chances few and far between. AFC Ingol had an early effort well saved by Boars Head keeper Mark Smith and then Boars Head rattled the crossbar and AFC keeper Jordan Curwen was called on to make a full length flying save.

Goalless at half time it was much of the same in the second period with both sides having periods of applying pressure but the longer the game went the more likely it looked that it would be decided by a penalty shootout and when referee Peter Simm, who had an excellent game called time on proceedings it heralded the lottery of the shootout.

AFC Ingol’s Liam Sealey converted the first kick which Boars Head equalised and so it went until the score was 5-5, Harry Dunn took and scored AFC’s sixth kick only for the Boars Head player to shoot wide and that meant that AFC Ingol had won the LFA Sunday Trophy.

Joint managers Pete Marsden and Sean Stoney together with their backroom support group have moulded an exceptional young team who play bright attractive football the way it should be played and one can see this team making their mark for years to come.

The future’s bright……………the future is AFC Ingol.

Report and photos by Eamonn McNamara.

Wednesday March 25, 2015
Clitheroe win the Youth Trophy

Clitheroe FC - Youth Trophy winners 2015

Clitheroe captain Ryan Cattermole receives the Trophy from sponsor Nigel Hargreaves

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Two goals in the first ten minutes laid the foundation for Clitheroe’s 2-1 victory over Bolton Lads & Girls Club in the Syndicate Trust Youth Trophy at Bamber Bridge FC.

The two finalists were in their debut season in the league and both play in the highly competitive youth division red. And it was Clitheroe who hit the ground running when Jack Hargreaves headed them into the lead on five minutes. Bolton L& G had hardly time to take breath when they found themselves two down to a superb goal from Charlie Lloyd who beat three defenders and blasted the ball past the helpless keeper.

Any thoughts about this turning into one way traffic were immediately dispelled as Bolton L&G took a grip of proceedings and they piled on the pressure with some resolute attacking which was rewarded on 23 minutes when their captain Alex Killen hit a well struck volley to make it 2-1 which was the score at half time.

The first period had been played at a hectic pace by two well matched and well coached sides who continued in the second period with neither able to add to the score line with both keepers kept busy keeping the respective forward lines. The game was played in a highly competitive but sporting manner as one would expect from these two excellent clubs and referee Ed Duckworth and his Assistants Fraser Pemberton, Lloyd Thomas and Mark Otto receive warm applause for their performances.

The Youth Trophy was presented to Clitheroe captain Ryan Cattermole by Nigel Hargreaves of Chorley Group on behalf of the Syndicate Trust and he and League President Ged Carberry presented the medals to the players and the Man of the Match Award to Clitheroe centre back Jack Brooks.

Report and photos by Eamonn McNamara.

Wednesday March 25, 2015
Clocks go forward this Sunday

Summer time starts this Sunday 29th March when the clocks go forward by one hour, which means one hour less in bed. No late kick offs please.

The League has decided that it will not schedule any fixtures on Easter Sunday 5th April.

Eamonn McNamara.

Tuesday March 24, 2015
Final date for AFC Ingol

AFC Ingol meet Boars Head Thistle in the LFA Sunday Trophy Final on Friday 27 March.

AFC Ingol management duo - Sean Stoney (left) & Peter Marsden

Premier division side AFC Ingol face their biggest challenge when they meet Boars Head Thistle FC (Blackpool) in the final of the LFA Sunday Trophy on Friday 27 March at the County Ground, Leyland, kick-off 7.30pm.

AFC Ingol have enjoyed an outstanding season, they lead the premier division by four points and they have reached the final of the Syndicate Trust Challenge Cup where they will meet Plungington Celtic at Bamber Bridge FC on Wednesday 15 April.

The club has played 26 games to date this season winning 23 of them, drawing two and their only reverse was against Unicorn in the league on 24 August. They have a potent strike force in Brad Carsley who has netted 29 to date; James Morley has bagged 18 and Lydon Hodgkiss has chipped in with 14.

They have won five games to reach this final, beating;

  • Carsons 4-1
  • Wyresdale Rangers 8-2
  • Whinney Hill 6-1
  • Clifton Arms (Blackburn) 4-3 on penalties after 1-1 at full time
  • New Gardeners (Blackburn) 5-0
  • Their opponents Boars Head Thistle FC are the top side in Blackpool and they are bound to provide a stern challenge to AFC’s management team of Pete Marsden and Sean Stoney but they can be assured that the best wishes of this league are with them and their players.

    Eamonn McNamara.

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    The following clubs have donated kits and equipment to our Uganda Appeal;

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    If you have a spare kit you can donate to the Appeal, please contact Eamonn McNamara.

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    Training will be held from 6.30-7.30pm every Monday evening at Preston Sports Arena during the summer in preparation for the 2013-14 season.

    Our weekly fitness sessions with the excellent facilities on offer at the Arena and the support group atmosphere is something very positive which the Society offers.

    Organiser Paul Marsden said, "I would particularly appeal to any members who perhaps do not currently attend Society meetings for whatever reason to give the fitness sessions a go as I assure you that you will find it a very good way of getting involved, it will benefit your refereeing.

    If you are interested in coming down either next week or in the future, please contact Paul Marsden via e-mail .

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    If you are interested and would like more information, please give Jim Bryson a call on 01772 700997.

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