As ever across Merseyside, there will be no empty playing fields when it comes to football and this weekend was no different.
There was plenty of action across the Saturday League’s in Merseyside with title races heated up, with cup semi’s and finals being booked as each full-time whistle was blown.
With multiple mini-tournaments, league’s and cups to play for on Saturday.
From the Liverpool Premier League to the Zingari Over 40’s Division Two, here is the Saturday round-up.
Liverpool Premier League
BRNESC fired their way into title contention with their win over Sefton Athletic as Waterloo Dock could only manage a point in the top-of-the-table clash with Quarry Bank Old Boys.
It continues to remain tight at the bottom as East Villa and Knotty Ash couldn’t be separated as both sides remain level on points, occupying the bottom two positions in the Premier Division.
Liver Academy and MSB Woolton both picked up valuable three points against Old Xaverians and Page Celtic respectively.
Waterloo Dock 2-2 Quarry Bank Old Boys
BRNESC 3-1 Sefton Athletic
Liver Academy 3-0 Old Xaverians
Knotty Ash 3-3 East Villa
Page Celtic 1-2 MSB Woolton
The Empress came out on top in yet another clash at the top edging past Bernie Mays, but it is not quite over yet with the Emp having a three-game advantage over Saturday’s opponents.
Halewood Apollo’s away win and Bernie Mays dropping points allowed for them to move up into second with their win over Stoneycroft.
Whilst Marshalls Roby also moved up the table with their win as results also went their way.
Marshalls Roby 3-1 Alumni
Stoneycroft 1-2 Halewood Apollo
The Empress 3-2 Bernie Mays
Gilmour provided arguably the shock of the day on Saturday as they beat league leaders Waterloo GSOB 3-2.
FC Marsden, who didn’t play this weekend, have three games in hand with the title race wide open.
Warbreck’s hard fought win over Red Rum Development saw them move level on points with Marsden.
Botanic 1-11 (eleven) Roma
Gilmour 3-2 Waterloo GSOB
Red Rum Development 0-1 Warbreck
Liverpool Old Boys Amateur Football League
Alan Brown Trophy
In Group A, Huyton Stanley earned an important three points to stretch their lead at the top to two points.
Mexoc and KCC Old Boys kept their hopes of progression into the knockout stage as they both left Heron Eccles with a point apiece. Both of them and MHS all have a game in hand with a chance to heap the pressure on the group leaders.
Mexoc 3-3 KCC Old Boys
South Mersey 3-6 Huyton Stanley
ACOL 4-2 Liobans
Old Xaverians B 2-2 Collegiate Old Boys Reserves
Alumni A came out on top in a 10-goal thriller against Old Xaverians C. Business School scraped past Cardinal Newman in a tight game whilst Rhein and MSB Woolton drew.
Alumni A 6-4 Old Xaverians C
Business School 2-1 Cardinal Newman
Rhein 3-3 MSB Woolton B
A second defeat in as many days for Kingsford spelt the end of their season as Kieron Mooney’s goal came to no avail as Jaguar Rovers proved too strong. Wavertree West Derby Old Boys eased past Convocation as Woodstreet Reserves edged past MSB Woolton A as Michael Hutton bagged a hat-trick.
Kingsford 1-2 Jaguar Rogers
Wavertree West Derby Old Boys 4-1 Convocation
Woodstreet Reserves 5-3 MSB Woolton A
It’s tight at the top in Group A as FC Salle survived a scare and South Liverpool dispatched of Old Cathinians.
South moved top of the group on goal difference with a game to play ahead of FC Salle.
Netherley Athletic 2-3 FC Salle
Old Cathinians 0-3 South Liverpool 3rds
West Cheshire League
Division 1/Pyke Cup
It was quarter-final day in the Pyke Cup, Maghull overcame a well-drilled Rainhill side as Liam Loughlin and Carl Peers fired them into the semi-final.
South Liverpool continued to assert their dominance across the West Cheshire League. Their emphatic win saw them have four different scorers as Kevin Cringle, Chris Wilkinson, Cameron Dalton and Gary Pollard put their name in the hat in the last four.
Luke Donaldson and Luke Pearce provided the difference as Marshalls eliminated Chester Nomads.
Whilst in the league, Mersey Royal moved to within two points of Mossley Hill in second place with their win over Vauxhall Motors Reserves.
Chester Nomads 1-2 Marshalls
South Liverpool 4-0 Ashville
Rainhill Town 1-2 Maghull
Vauxhall Motors Res 1-2 Mersey Royal
Division Two/Haworth & Gallagher Bowl
The biggest result of the day came at Litherland Sports Park as Remyca Reserves pulled off a dramatic comeback to book their place in the final.
3-0 down to South Liverpool Reserves but goals from Ewan McKevitt, Jay Hughes and Callum Langton sent the game to penalties where the hosts came out on top.
Mossley Hill Athletic Reserves also secured their spot in the showpiece event with their 2-1 win over Heswall.
In the league, Maghull Reserves and Neston Nomads both cruised to three points at home to West Kirby Reserves and Poulton Royal respectively.
Haworth & Gallagher Bowl
Litherland Remyca Res 3-3 South Liverpool Res (Remyca win 3-1 on penalties)
Heswall 1-2 Mossley Hill Athletic Res
Maghull Res 3-0 West Kirby
Neston Nomads Res 5-0 Poulton Royal
I Zingari Combination
Frames emphatically extended their lead at the top moving eight points clear of Naylorsfield following their defeat to Metalboxonians.
Liverpool Hibernia cruised past Old Xaverians FC whilst it was raining goals in FC Dingle, Mersey Harps and The Horse’s games as they all reigned victorious.
Frames 8-0 Kingsthorne
Liverpool Hibernia 6-0 Old Xaverians
Naylorsfield 2-4 Metalboxonians
Red Rum 3-8 FC Dingle
Remyca Utd OA 1-7 Mersey Harps
The Horse 6-3 Larkin FC
Over 35’s Division
Allerton ended their season on a high but it wasn’t quite good enough as they finished second just a point behind league champions Abbey Road Vets.
Litherland Remyca Utd 2-3 Allerton
Over 40’s Vets Division 1
South Liverpool narrowly beat Maghull to move within a point of league leaders St Ally’s who continued their unbeaten run with a win over Waterloo GSOB.
Garston also picked up three points in a close match with MCL Veterans.
South Liverpool 1-0 Maghull
Garson 2-1 MCL Vets
Waterloo GSOB 0-9 St Ally’s
Over 40’s Vets Division 2
Plenty of action in Division 2 with Remyca United comfortable leaders; Clubmoor Farmers, The Grammar, De La Salle, Bleak Vets, FC Hightown and South Liverpool over 40’s seconds were in action.
Clubmoor Farmers 2-5 The Grammar
De La Salle 0-5 Bleak Vets
FC Hightown 4-0 South Liverpool Over 40’s second
The Cheshire League
J.B Parker Cup
Billinge had the chance to top their group as they came up against Lostock Gralam. A team they’d beaten to secure qualification 3-2 just a week earlier.
However it wasn’t to be for the Storks who narrowly fell short to 10-men.
Billinge 2-3 Lostock Gralam
Knowsley South continued their promotion charge with an emphatic win over Maine Road.
Defender, Jordan Farmer, was named man-of-the-match as Jack Goodwin and Sean Walker both scored braces between them with Jono Cahill and Danny Atkins contributing to the rout.
Maine Road 1-6 AFC Knowsley
Reserve League 1
Billinge Reserves narrowly beat Broadheath Central Reserves in Altrincham.
A deflected Chris Andrew free-kick gave the Storks the lead before the hosts equalised on the stroke of half-time.
With a depleted squad, the manager, David Lawrenson, was forced to make a cameo appearance off the bench and contributed in the build-up to the winning goal as Chikara Masutani saw his cross fumbled into the bottom corner after a mistake from the Broadheath goalkeeper.
Billinge almost shot themselves in the foot after the goalkeeper gave away a penalty in the dying moments of the game. However, he spared his own blushes after he guessed the right way saving the spot-kick to ensure they left Greater Manchester with the all important three points.
St Helens Reserves were well beaten as Middlewich Town Reserves were crowned league champions after an unbeaten campaign.
Broadheath Central Res 1-2 Billinge Res
Middlewich Town Res 3-1 St Helens Res