City of Liverpool fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat at Ramsbottom United in controversial circumstances on Saturday afternoon.

Despite numerous first half chances and dominating for much of the game, Michael Ellison’s side were hit by a sucker punch through Jamie Rother’s second half winner.

The Purps started the match well and could have opened the scoring early on when Louis Corrigan floated a trademark cross in from the left for Josh Quarless to power a header into the grateful arms of Tom Stewart in the Rammy goal.

James Murphy then fired a long range effort wide after good work from Jack Hazlehurst as City of Liverpool looked to ensure their early pressure was reflected on the scoreline.

Ramsbottom came back into the game with Purps right back Jack Walls producing a goal-saving block after the ball broke fortuitously to Rammy’s Edward Cooper at the back post.

The Purps were then indebted to keeper Danny Taberner who clawed out a ferocious low effort from John Murphy after good work from Cooper saw Rammy racing away on the counter attack.

The loose ball then fell invitingly to Hugo Rodriguez but the forward somehow contrived to fire wastefully over the bar with the open goal at his mercy.

The Purps were then happy to utilise the counter attack themselves, with Josh Quarless flicking a delightful Corrigan ball on for Murphy to race clear down the right, only to be denied by a vital last-ditch challenge.

Murphy then tested Stewart again with a long range left footed effort which was well held by the Rammy custodian with visiting players looking for spillages.

The Purps pressure continued and the latest chance was created when Jay Edgar’s deep cross was well recovered by Murphy on the right of the area, who crossed for Quarless to head over.

Rammy were riding their luck somewhat, leaving the visitors ruing how they had not opened the scoring, as Jack Hazlehurst saw a ferocious close-range effort blocked, with the loose ball then seeing Quarless having an effort blocked.

Then came the moment of controversy.

A lightning counter attack saw Louis Corrigan clear a corner with resulted in Jack Hazlehurst releasing Quarless in behind, with Rammy woefully stretched at the back.

Quarless raced away from his own half with a defender in advance of him attempting to play the offside trap, but the Purps #9 broke clear and slotted home, only to find that he had been flagged for offside.

This enraged the away dugout, players and travelling contingent with Quarless not only being behind the last defender by some distance, but also running from his own half when the ball was played.

HALF TIME: Ramsbottom 0-0 City of Liverpool

Within 5 minutes of the restart the hosts opened the scoring when Jamie Rother fired a low effort through a crowd from the edge of the area.

It was a real sucker punch for the visitors, after the dominance and controversy of the first period but Ellison’s side rallied immediately in search of an equaliser.

James Murphy was expertly teed up by Hazlehurst in the Rammy box and fired a curling effort which cannoned back off the post and across the goal.

The loose ball was recovered well and Hazlehurst hit the byline before crossing for Quarless to stab home from close range.

However, once again the offside flag was up to the dismay of a vocal away support behind the goal.

Ello introduced new signing MJ Monaghan off the bench along with George Hassall, with Quarless and Murphy making way.

The home side looked nervy attempting to hold onto their lead, but brought a magnificent fingertip stop out of Danny Taberner, who push a firm header from Rodriguez over the bar as the ground expected the net to bulge.


At the other end, Stewart equalled the feat of Taberner by brilliantly clawing out a majestic free kick from Jack Hazlehurst.

Sadly, it was a familiar tale of fine margins with the Purps left to rue missed first half chances and a truly abysmal offside call from a linesman which saw the three points going the home side’s way.

FULL TIME: Ramsbottom United 1-0 City of Liverpool

Man of the Match: Jack Hazlehurst. The Purple Messi was a constant thorn in the side of the hosts and was unlucky not to have a goal and two assists to his name.

City of Liverpool: Danny Taberner, Louis Corrigan (c), Jack Walls, Scott Lycett, Jack Hinnigan, Glenn Rule (Ryan Gibson), James Edgar, Elliot Johnston, Josh Quarless (George Hassall 63’), Jack Hazlehurst, James Murphy (MJ Monaghan 62’)

Subs not used: Lewis McKinney, Xenon Bahula.

Manager’s Interview:

We caught up with Ello at full time to get his thoughts on a frustrating afternoon for the Purps. Apologies for the lighting, unfortunately we were caught out by the hosts only leaving one floodlight on!


City of Liverpool FC are delighted to announce the signing of MJ Monaghan from Runcorn Linnets.

The talented attacking midfielder is well known on the local Non League scene, and brings a wealth of experience having represented Warrington Town, Marine, Burscough and Witton Albion amongst others.

The former Prescot Cables star joined Linnets in the summer and has also previously represented National League side Telford United.

MJ also had a spell playing in Australia for Corio Soccer Club before returning to the UK, he then signed for Witton in 2019.

Monaghan will bring an eye for goal and creativity to an in-form City of Liverpool and has impressed against the Purps when at Cables, scoring against his new side in the 2019-20 season.

Purps manager Michael Ellison is delighted to get his man, explaining, “We tried to get MJ in the summer but couldn’t manage to get him in, so when the opportunity came to get him in we jumped at it.”

“He’s got a wealth of experience at this level, he will be a great addition to the squad and certainly give us more options at the top end of the pitch.”

“I’m looking forward to working with him”, Ello concluded.

We are sure all Purps will join us in welcoming MJ to the club.


City of Liverpool FC produced as dominant performance as Michael Ellison’s side humbled Prescot Cables 6-0 in their own back yard on Saturday afternoon.

Ello’s Purps continued their recent good form in the derby despite still missing several key players.

The Purps manager was still without the services of talismanic forward Freddie Potter, skipper Nathan Burke and experienced defender Shaun Kelly, but his side had far too much for Cables in Saturday’s NPL West division encounter.

A cagey opening saw City of Liverpool dominating possession whilst Cables looked for opportunities to counter-attack.

The Purps should have taken the lead early on when Josh Quarless beat Cables keeper Mitchell Allen to the ball, before cutting back for James Murphy who hammered over left footed under pressure.

Allen momentarily redeemed himself somewhat making a smart stop low down to hold a Quarless cross-shot with Jay Edgar lurking in the box for any spillages.

The Purps continued to go through the gears looking for that all-important opening goal and went close through the dangerous Quarless twice in quick succession.

Firstly, the Purps #9 cleverly cut in from the left before hammering a fierce right footed effort narrowly over.

The forward then raced clear down the right after a majestic ball from Jay Edgar, only to be denied by a vital last-ditch block from a defender as he pulled the trigger.

The respite was only momentary for Cables however as the Purps pressure eventually told.

In-form right back Jack Walls carried the ball deep into the Cables half before playing a delicately dinked through ball for Jack Hazlehurst to race on to.

The Purple Messi made no mistake, hammering a first-time finish across Allen and into the corner of the net, to the delight of the away supporters.

A minute later the visitors almost had a second when former Cables favourite Jay Edgar flashed a left footed effort across the face of goal and agonisingly the wrong side of the post.

City of Liverpool continued to press for a second goal though and got their just rewards on the stroke of half time.

A defensive mix-up at the back from Cables saw former Purp Ethan Devine’s attempted pass cut out by Edgar, who hurdled an attempted challenge before putting the ball across the face of goal on a plate for Hazlehurst to tap home.

A three-minute double for the Purps and Hazlehurst, but no more than they deserved for a half of total dominance.

Hazlehurst could still have had a hat trick before the half was even out, as Cables problems at the back were all of their own making.

The Purps #10 saw the ball break to him on the edge of the area before flashing a volleyed effort into the grateful arms of Allen, with the home side happy to escape the half without any further damage inflicted.

HALF TIME: Prescot Cables 0-2 City of Liverpool

Any home hopes of a second half Cables fight back were very much extinguished within three minutes of the restart, as the Purps picked up where they left off in the first period.

As Cables half cleared a corner, City of Liverpool skipper Louis Corrigan recycled the ball back for Jack Walls who returned a deep cross into the box for centreback Scott Lycett to power a bullet header right into the postage stamp.

It was as good a header as you will see, which saw Lycett wheeling away in delight after notching his first Purps goal!

Lycett’s goal was the start of a devastating period of purple attacking intent.

A few minutes later it was four and another first Purps goal, as Josh Quarless played a neat flick from a long throw for James Murphy to flash a fine left footed finish across Allen into the far corner of the net.

Murphy celebrated with a sizeable away following behind the goal, but the Purps were by no means finished yet.

A corner from the right saw Jay Edgar flash a header across the box, which Cables failed to deal with.

The ball broke invitingly to Jack Hazlehurst from Corrigan’s lay off and the Purple Messi sent a defender to the shop before firing low across Allen into the far corner of the net.

It was the Purple Messi’s second hat trick for the club, after a trio of headers against Avro in 2019.

The rout continued with the Purps notching their fourth goal in 18 minutes.

It was much of the same, as Cables failed to deal with another deep corner from the right which again saw Jay Edgar first to the ball at the back post and Cables keeper Allen patting the ball back into play.

Corrigan cut the loose ball back for Adam Hughes to fire a brilliant right footed finish into the far corner of the net for his first Purps goal too.

It could have been far worse for Cables as Jay Murphy saw a rasping effort whistle past the crossbar, whilst debutant Lewis McKinney saw a goal ruled out for an offside on Jack Walls.

Both sides were then reduced to ten men, with Ethan Devine and Adam Hughes getting their marching orders for an off the ball coming together.

There was still time for the Purps to hit the woodwork twice before the game was out.

First, Josh Quarless clipped the angle of post and bar with a wonderful drive from range which almost produced the goal his performance richly deserved.

Next, Louis Corrigan clipped an audacious first-time left footed lob from just inside the Cables half with Allen miles off his line.

The keeper was well beaten but the ball agonisingly cannoned back off the upright leaving the travelling faithful, and Louis, ruing possibly the greatest Purps goal never scored.


The full-time whistle was blown by referee Stuart Morland, with the relentless Purps celebrating a brilliant and resounding victory in the derby.

Having enjoyed an 8-2 victory in the FA Cup in 2017, this was another memorable derby rout for Purps fans to savour over Cables.

In truth, the result could have resembled a cricket score such was the fluidity of play and complete dominance of the Purps across the pitch, whilst Danny Taberner notched his fifth clean sheet in 8 matches without having a save of note to make.

FULL TIME: Prescot Cables 0-6 City of Liverpool

MAN OF THE MATCH: On an afternoon where each and every Purp was magnificent, Jack Hazlehurst shone and notched a memorable hat trick to the delight of the visiting supporters.

City of Liverpool: Danny Taberner, Louis Corrigan (c), Jack Walls, Scott Lycett, Adam Hughes, Glenn Rule, Jay Edgar, Elliot Johnston (Xenon Bahula 69’), Josh Quarless, Jack Hazlehurst (Lewis McKinney 57’), Jay Murphy (Ryan Schofield 74’).

Subs not used: Zac Aley, Ryan Gibson.


Michael Ellison was full of praise for his side after a brilliant victory, with particular plaudits being given to hattrick hero Jack Hazlehurst.