REPORT: City of Liverpool 1-0 Squires Gate (Macron Cup)
Squires Gate exited the Macron Cup on Saturday afternoon but can be proud of their performance against the league leaders.
Andy Clarkson's men more than matched City of Liverpool, who sit top of the league unbeaten, but just couldn't find a goal from the game.
Manager Andy Clarkson welcomed back winger Jordan Salthouse into the side whilst James Boyd also returned on the opposite side of the pitch.
The homeside had the chance to open the scoring in the opening minute. Striker Craig Cairns was played in on goal but fired well over not troubling Ben Fletcher.
Gate themselves had some good opportunities early in the game from freekicks. Sadly though both freekicks lacked the desired quality from Gate and were easily dealt with by Liverpool.
The homeside took the lead after 25 minutes. Gate loosing the ball in midfield and in one pass Craig Cairns was set clear and slotted under Ben Fletcher to open the scoring.
Riccardo Egidi looked to curl the ball past the keeper from outside the box when Ryan Riley found him but the keeper was equal to him. The homeside then had a great chance of their own when they really should have doubled the lead. A teasing ball was played across the box to find the right back arriving late but he fired over.
Half time: City of Liverpool 1-0 Squires Gate
Liverpool had the chance to extend their lead at the start of the second half but were denied by a superb Ben Fletcher save. He denied Craig Cairns' header with a point blank save.
Gate could have leveled the game moments later when Joe Booth spotted the homesides keeper off his line but the keeper recovered well to catch the ball.
Andy Clarkson's men were coming into the game more in the second half playing some lovely football from midfield. Dean Ing and Riccardo Egidi linked up well to get in the box, but the return pass between the two was just a little too heavy and rolled out of play. Joe Booth then let fire from outside the box minutes later after more good passing from Gate's midfield but his shot hit the side netting.
Dean Ing had the chance the level the game mid way through the second half but he couldn't keep his header down. Captain Joe Booth and Jordan Salthouse linking up to find Ing who moved further forward in the second half.
Ryan Charnley came close for Gate in the 82nd minute when he let rip from outside the box but his shot was just inches wide to leveling the game for Gate. Seydou Bamba then whipped a lovely cross into the box in the 90th minute but nobody could get a touch in Gate's finally attack.
Gate are next in action on Tuesday night when they travel to Burscough in a return to league action.
Gate: Fletcher, Richards, Rossall, Bamba, Salthouse, Riley, Charnley, Ing, Booth, Boyd, Egidi. Subs: Reader, Clarkson, Webster.
Report by Mark Ashmore