A rather fortunate victory for the visitors thanks to goals from Henders and Couch.
The first chance came in the 3rd min when a error from Molloy saw Ford put the effort wide. Neither side could apply a sustained period of pressure and it took 20mins for Lairds to create a chance when Riley's cross found Henders but his effort was tamely saved. McNally had an effort well saved by the home keeper and he also created an opportunity for Couch but his effort went wide. Cooper had a good opportunity for Barton on 27mins from the edge of the penalty area but his effort went just over and he also had an effort blocked well by Grogan on 38mins after good work by the home team down Lairds left. HT 0-1
There was an early scare for Lairds when Molloy misjudged a cross and the ball hit the post on 48mins, and he was called upon six mins later when Cooper was put through, Dysart was cautioned rather harshly on the hour and Riley followed him in the book for what looked like a good tackle, but overall the three officials were spot on throughout the game. Cooper scored for the home team to even things up but on 69mins a long punt out of defence and Couch chased it down to push the ball past Bramley in the Barton goal to put Lairds back in front if somewhat against the run of play. Dexter shot wide for Barton and with Barton pushing forward for the equaliser O,Brien played a clever ball through to Gibirulu to set up Sub Feeney but his effort was easily saved. lairds go through and will be pleased with the win
Final Barton 1 Cammell Laird 2
MOM John Couch
Match Report Compiled by Frank Games