REPORT: Squires Gate 1-5 City of Liverpool (FA Cup)
Squires Gate's FA Cup journey ended at the hands of fellow Hallmark Security Premier Division side City of Liverpool.
After a superb win against Droylsden on Tuesday night, confidence within the squad was high coming into this game. The same though could be said for the visitors City of Liverpool. Craig Robinson's side came into the game unbeaten in league and cup after beating Glossop North End on Tuesday night in extra time.
The visitors started the game very brightly knocking the ball around with confidence, Craig Cairns had two chances in the opening ten minutes but first Ben Fletcher saved well before the second was fired over by the striker.
It didn't take long for Craig Cairns to find the back of the net. The former Runcorn Town hitman who already had three goals for the season, pounced after a weak header backwards but Ben Fletcher in trouble, Cairns tapping in from the rebound.
Cairns scored his second of the game two minutes later near enough straight from kickoff. The Purps won back the ball and played around Gate before the striker was on the end of the cross to steer it past Fletcher.
The visitors had the ball in the net twice more but both were flagged for offside as Gate couldn't cope with the movement of the Purps attack.
Gate went close from a freekick in the 32nd minute but a fine save denied Ryan Charnley. He curled his freekick around the wall but the keeper saved well before Jordan Salthouse fired over the rebound.
COLFC added a third goal as the half came to an end. A cross from deep from COLFC defender Luke Denson took a nasty bounce over Ben Fletcher who came to collect but missed the ball allowing Craig Cairns to score his third of the game.
Half time: Squires Gate 0-3 City of Liverpool
It didn't take the visitors long to add another goal with Cairns again adding to his goals. A lovely through ball cuts Gate's defence apart to find the run of Cairns who made no mistake firing past Fletcher.
Dean Ing came close to opening the scoring after just coming onto the pitch but the keeper came and collected Matty Kay's cross before Ing.
The visitors added their fifth of the game from the penalty spot. Again Gate made it very easy and John Mcgrath fired in from the spot.
Gate themselves then had a soft looking penalty but Ryan Charnley fired over from the spot. The homeside grabbed a goal back in the 74th minute when Dean Ing headed in Andrew Richards cross to get a goal back.
The loss see's Gate's FA Cup run come to an end and attention now turns back to the league. Gate travel to Barnoldswick Town on Tuesday night.
Gate: Fletcher, Gray, Rossall, Reader, Richards, Riley, Kay, Mullen, Charnley, Salthouse, Dawson. Subs: Bamba, Clarkson, Jones, Ing, Sumner.
Report by Mark Ashmore