Marine 0-4 Prescot Cables
Mariners shocked by Cables in Senior Cup Final at MTA...
Marine's bid for silverware at the end of a long season ended in heavy defeat as Prescot Cables successfully retained the Liverpool Senior Cup at the Marine Travel Arena. The Mariners' starting eleven included seven of the team which had earned a creditable point at EvoStik Premier champions Altrincham just 24 hours prior, whilst promotion-chasing Cables fielded Ben Barnes who began the season in goal at the MTA.
In front of a healthy attendance in Crosby of 750, James Murray sent an early volley from distance high over the Crosender Road bar and the assembled Hope Street hordes.
The Pesky Bulls were quick to threaten at the other end, and a low ball into Marine box following a kind ricochet for the visitors was cleared to safety by the alert James Short just ahead of a blue-shirted attacker.
Prescot midfielder Wynne was teed-up for a strike from 22 yards in their next meaningful attack, but Wynne's shot wasn't struck cleanly and drifted high and wide of target.
A free-kick played in from the Cables right midway through the opening period was headed over from 12 yards by Almond, before Josh Amis and Danny Mitchley both saw speculative volleys from distance easily fielded by Barnes, as the Whites struggled to create against a disciplined Prescot defence.
The defining moment of the first half came in the 34th minute as Prescot broke the deadlock in somewhat controversial circumstances. Cables forward Klein-Davies appeared to slip under pressure from Adam Hughes in the Marine box, but referee Corlett deemed that the striker had been fouled in the process and awarded the spot-kick. Almond stepped up to send Martin Fearon the wrong way from 12 yards with a coolly-taken penalty.
The Knowsley club now had the wind firmly in their sails, the goal dealing a hefty blow to the fatigued Marine side, and Cables capitalised just before the break to double their advantage. Another inswinging free-kick from the right saw skipper Dean escape Michael Brewster's attentions to plant a header from 10 yards firmly into the bottom-corner beyond Fearon's desparing dive.
The Mariners introduced fresh legs at the start of the second half as they sought a way back into the final, Phil Baker replacing Liam Tongue with Kenny Strickland moving into a midfield berth.
However it was the buoyant Cables who took just seven minutes to effectively seal the Mariners' fate. Klein-Davies advanced beyond the Marine rearguard on the right-hand side of the area, his cross-shot being deflected behind for a corner on the left. The inswinging delivery saw Dean rise highest once more to glance a header into the rigging from 8 yards out to the delight of the travelling Cables supporters.
The beleaguered Mariners were now playing for pride and came close to reducing their deficit just before the hour mark, Murray's daisy-cutter from the corner of the box evading both the far post and his white-shirted teammates.
The impressive Cables outfit sought further joy at the other end and having been played into the box on the right, Wynne's low drive was well parried by Fearon and cleared to safety.
The Whites to their credit then produced their best chance of the match as a well-worked move involving Mitchley and substitute George Donnelly saw the ball played to Murray, the winger neatly evading a defender's challenge but skewing his finish past the angle of post and crossbar from 8 yards out.
This was the closest the Mariners came to troubling the scorers on the night, and it was the Pesky Bulls who finished the game strongly as they sought to add to their tally. A quick break allowed the lively Wynne to latch onto a header on halfway and advance into the Marine area, but Fearon proved equal to the task and produced another fine parry to deny the Cables midfielder once more.
However the visitors were not be denied a fourth goal, and it duly arrived two minutes from time as an overhit corner was recycled from the left flank, the ball being played into the feet of Klein-Davies who turned adroitly and fired low to Fearon's right from 15 yards in front of the jubilant Prescot fans.
Time elapsed to signal a comprehensive and thoroughly deserved win for the visitors as Prescot retained the trophy they had won for the first time in their history last season.
The Mariners must lift themselves once more as they play their final game of the EvoStik League season on Saturday, travelling to Throstle Nest to face play-off hopefuls Farsley Celtic in a 3pm kick-off.
Marine: Martin Fearon, Peter Wylie, James Short, Adam Hughes, Kenny Strickland, Billy Smart, James Murray, Liam Tongue (Phil Baker 46), Danny Mitchley (c), Josh Amis (George Donnelly 70), Michael Brewster (Dominic Reid 58) .
Unused subs: Niall Watson, Germano Mendes. Cautions: Tongue.
Prescot Cables: Ben Barnes, Valter Fernandes, Reece McNally, Joe Herbert, Louis Coyne, Baba Conte (Aaron Turner 84), Chris Almond (Morgan Homson-Smith 65), Jordan Wynne, Josh Klein-Davies, Lloyd Dean (c), Harry Cain (Dan Burns 90).
Unused subs: Junior Dos Santos, Reece Fishwick. Cautions: Dean.
Goals: Prescot Cables; Almond (pen 34), Dean (44, 52), Klein-Davies (88).
Referee: Mr Matthew Corlett
Assistants: Mr Luis Griffiths and Mr Mark Ryder
4th Official: Mr Stuart Morland