The Linnets Ladies narrowly failed to add a second trophy in successive weeks today when they were beaten on penalties in the final of the Liverpool FA Inter County 9 v 9 tournament.
Unlike its Manchester counterpart this tournament was played over one day with two groups playing out for the right to qualify for the semi final and final.
The Linnets drew near neighbours Brookvale Ladies, Irlam Vale and BRNESC from the Liverpool County League in their group. A mouth-watering opening game saw the Linnets comfortably beat Brookvale Ladies by 2 goals to 0.
In the second game a dogged BRNESC side were eventually overcome by the same margin which set up an interesting encounter against Irlam Vale in the final group game.
A draw for Irlam Vale would see them qualify from the group a Linnets win would hand Brookvale Ladies a semi final spot. In probably their best spell of football the Linnets cruised to a 4-0 win.
Brookvale Ladies 0 Runcorn Linnets 2
BRNESC 0 Irlam Vale 1
Brookvale Ladies 0 Irlam Vale 0
BRNESC 0 Runcorn Linnets 2
BRNESC 0 Brookvale Ladies 2
Irlam Vale 0 Runcorn Linnets 4
Table. PWDLFA PTS
Runcorn Linnets 3 3 0 0 8 0 9.
Brookvale Ladies 3 1 1 1 2 2 4.
Irlam Vale 3 1 1 1 1 4 4.
BRNESC 3 0 0 3 0 5 0.
The semi final draw pitted both Cheshire Woman's League sides against higher league North West Regional sides in Burscough Dynamos and Accrington respectively. With both matches running parallel a courageous Brookvale Ladies side narrowly lost 1-0 whilst the Linnets had a hard working 2-0 victory.
Accrington 1 Brookvale Ladies 0
Burscough Dynamos 0 Runcorn Linnets 2
The final was shortened to 15 minutes, previous matches certainly in our group were 25 minutes. With the Linnets losing the toss and facing a very strong wind stubborn defending by both sides meant the game went to the dreaded penalties which the Linnets lost by 2 goals to nil. An altogether bitter pill to swallow as the Runcorn side were the only team in the whole tournament not to concede a goal in open play.
Accrington 0 Runcorn Linnets 0 (2-0 on penalties)
So the Linnets finish the Summer 9 v 9 tournaments with a win and a runners up spot with a record of 8 wins and 1 draw scoring 27 times and conceding just 2. A record to be proud of as six of those matches were played without the regular goalkeeper.