MAGIC MORRIS HAS PURPS DANCING

City of Liverpool returned to winning ways on Saturday courtesy of a second half brace from in-form forward Elliott Morris.

Manager Paul McNally was without the services of winger Xenon Bahula through injury, whilst Ismail Sonko served the first of a three match ban incurred by hIs sending off against Prescot Cables.

Macca was boosted by a welcome return from Michael Simpson at right back, whilst Kenny Strickland continued at centre back.

The Purps started brightly and could have been three goals to-the-good early on.

Firstly Elliott Morris received the ball from a woefully short 1874 backpass, but uncharacteristically blazed over the bar as the ball spat up on a boggy and uneven pitch.

Next up, Danny Mitchley burst in behind the 1874 defence, but was denied by a fine block from on-rushing goalkeeper Matthew Wonnacott who had a great starting position to smother the City of Liverpool skipper’s effort.

A quick counter-attack saw the Purps again dissect the home side and but as the ball was worked to the right for the marauding Morris to have a clear strike at an exposed goal, the ball again bounced up and beyond his touch and the chance was gone!

After the early pressure, 1874 Northwich grew in confidence and asserted more composure on the ball.

They looked threatening from set pieces courtesy of the excellent delivery of midfielder Chris McCann, whilst former Purps Tinashe Chakwana’s tireless running and holdup play offered a focal point up top.

A counter-attack of their own saw ’74’s sole effort on goal for the half, as Isaac Noble played a dangerous ball across goal which just needed a tap-in from close range.

Thankfully for Paul McNally’s side, a last-gasp intervention from Jack Hont hooked the ball clear near the goal-line and prevented a certain opener.

HALF TIME: 1874 NORTHWICH 0-0 CITY OF LIVERPOOL

The Purps came out with more attacking purpose after the half time interval and immediately re-asserted their dominance in midfield, courtesy of the combative Simon Wills and progressive Max Allen.

A driving run from Morris caused confusion in the home defence and almost presented an opening as Wonnacott came rushing out and was left exposed out of his goal.

Before Morris could take advantage he was crowded out by back-tracking defenders and player-manager Mark Jones cleared his lines, to the relief of the home supporters.

The Purps continued to press for the opener and it almost came on 55 minutes when right-back Michael Simpson bombed forward, beating his man before curling a lovely ball in which caused confusion in the home backline.

The devilish cross took an unconvincing touch as a defender attempted to thrash a clearance away, but only saw the ball flash across the face of goal and inches past Wonnacott’s post for a corner.

It felt like wave after wave of City of Liverpool attacks but at times they were left frustrated by a determined and resolute home side, whose performance was typified by the commitment of player-managers Mark Jones and Matt Woolley.

The home side defended set pieces well and were organised out of possession, giving Paul McNally’s side plenty to think about as they looked to unlock a committed rearguard.

Macca looked to his bench for reinforcements and handed a debut to Kyle Schorah, brother of departed hero Callum, who joined from AFC Liverpool recently.

Schorah replaced Jawad Jebrin and instantly made an impression on the game as he drifted into pockets of space off the left and carried the ball at Michael Ibeto and Isaac Noble, who looked to protect their right flank.

Schorah had a real hand in the Purps finally breaking 1874’s resolve, holding the ball up down the left before finding Quarless, whose delightful flick released Max Allen to the byline.

Maxi’s ball across the face of goal was pushed out by Wonnacott only for Elliot Morris to take full advantage by slamming home from close range to the delight of his team mates.

The Purps made it two in quick succession and Allen was again the architect, sending Isaac Noble for the Northwich Guardian as he flicked the ball through his legs and cut the ball back.

Morris was again the recipient of Allen’s creativity and took a gorgeous touch out of his feet before hammering an unstoppable effort into the roof of the net.

It was no more than City of Liverpool deserved.

City of Liverpool went up a gear and grew in confidence with the victory looking assured courtesy of Morris’ goals.

Kyle Schorah almost capped an excellent debut off the bench as he cut in from the left but was denied by a good save from Wonnacott, who gathered the ball at the second attempt.

FULL TIME: 1874 NORTHWICH 0-2 CITY OF LIVERPOOL

CITY OF LIVERPOOL: Calvin Hare, Michael Simpson, Jack Hont, Kenny Strickland, Michael Grogan, Simon Wills, Elliott Morris, Max Allen (Adam Rooney 88′), Danny Mitchley, Josh Quarless (Luke Byron 83′), Jawad Jebrin (Kyle Schorah 62′).

Subs not used: Jack Morton, Thomas McNally.

MAN OF THE MATCH:

Notable mentions go to the excellent Kenny Strickland and Simon Wills who relished the battle and provided the foundations for those in front of them, as well as the creativity of Max Allen, who was the architect of both goals.

However, Saturdays MOTM goes to our match winner Elliott Morris, who was a constant thorn in the side of 1874’s defence and bagged an all-important brace to ensure the Purps grabbed a deserved three points.

MANAGER’S INTERVIEW:

Paul McNally was pleased to see his side come away with three points from a scrappy game and praised the dogged determination of Simon Wills in the midfield engine room.

Macca also praised the contributions of Kyle Schorah off the bench as the forward made his Purps debut with a bright and lively cameo.

(Apologies for the wind noise on the video – the conditions were frankly awful for doing any media on Saturday).

NEXT UP:

City of Liverpool are back in action TONIGHT in the Liverpool Senior Cup.

Supporters should note as per club communications that THE FIXTURE HAS BEEN REVERSED and will be played at Runcorn Linnets APEC TAXIS STADIUM.

Kick off tonight will be 7:45pm.

BUTTERS THE TOAST OF THE PURPS

Laura Butters was the hero as the City of Liverpool Women fought back from 3-1 down to complete a remarkable turnaround against Liverpool University on Sunday.

Manager Jay Maguire named perhaps his strongest starting line-up as the purps headed into the game knowing victory would keep alive their season as they look to finish strongly on their debut season.

Cheered on by the watching fans, the Purps made a fast start as Laura Butters scored after 4 minutes.

A long clearance downfield from the goalkeeper Kayleigh Frankland was expertly controlled by Butters who calmly slotted it past the keeper to put them 1-0 ahead on 4 minutes.

However a strong Liverpool university side soon found their feet after the early setback.

Two scrappy goals in quick succession put the University side ahead before the Purps went close themselves at the other end with Laura Butters strike whistling past the post.

But it was Liverpool university who would strike again.

With the purps struggling to clear their lines, the ball fell to the Liverpool university striker who curled the ball into the top corner to make it 3-1 to the university.

A string of world class saves from the Purps goalkeeper Kayleigh Frankland kept the university at bay as they sensed blood and looked to add to their tally. 

Some fantastic saves were made throughout the game but especially in the testing 15 minutes before the break by Kayleigh which ultimately kept us in the game and helped motivate the group to kick on in the second half.

Half time came and Danielle Rutter came on for the ever present Lauren Fisher as manager Jay Maguire looked to get his team back into the game.

With the debutant Kirsty Young marshalling the midfield it wasn’t long before the purps came back into the game with fortuitous goal from Danielle Rutter on the 51st minute.

A looping corner was met by the shoulder of Rutter and creeped into the net, much to the protestations of the opponents, 2-3 and game on!

It wasn’t long before it was Butters on the score sheet again. Controlling and finishing in clinical style to level the scores.

Again it was goalkeeper Kayleigh Frankland who kept the purps level with a string of saves to keep the scores level going into the final 5 minutes as Liverpool University looked to break quickly in attack.

Entering the 88th minute and with the game wide wide open it was Liverpool University who nearly stole all 3 points. A long ball seized upon by the attacking player but her shot creeped agonizingly past the post.

From the resulting goal kick it was the purps, and Butters, who would melt university hearts.

A ball over the top from the excellent Corrin Melia was seized upon by Butters who calmly turned her marker before slotting the ball underneath the onrushing goalkeeper to make it 4-3 to the Purps and seal a remarkable turnaround. 

It was the start of the celebrations amongst the players and supporters as the club secured a victory that keeps it’s playoff hopes alive in what has been a remarkable first season.

Our Women next play against Warrington Wolves FC at the great Sankey neighbourhood hub, Sunday 25th February at 2PM.

Help the young purps with european ambitions

The Toxteth based City of Liverpool & Kingsley U13’s are heading to Europe!

After a trophy laden history the young players and management team are looking to test their young squad against some of the best teams in Europe. 

Please help by donating to the JustGiving appeal as they look to get things over the line. You can donate here on their justgiving page

The young purps have now raised over £2,000 through their fundraising initiatives, which have encompassed a variety of efforts.

They have climbed the demanding heights of Snowdon, organized car wash events, and collected donations at the World in One football tournament.

Kevin Rawcliffe and Wesley Butcher emphasize the critical need for financial support to ensure all players can participate, irrespective of their backgrounds.

“Fundraising does need to be brought into grassroots more because these kids need it in their lives. Some kids have got nothing, and we do what we can to help.”

With the tournament in late May we are looking for one last push from all of the purps community as they look to give the players a once in a lifetime opportunity.

The team will be facing some of the toughest teams in Europe in the tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands. 

Club Statement – Groundshare

As our members are aware, we entirely refute the ludicrous allegation made by Bootle FC of a material breach of our Groundshare Agreement.

A massive total of £65.42 had apparently accrued in a technically unclear clause, despite payments of £13,500 (Plus VAT) made to date in actual groundshare payments this season. We are now in the position of having paid for games that Bootle FC will now not allow us to stage at Bootle FC in Season 23/24.

Any right minded non-league football supporter will recognise the gross injustice of the actions of Bootle FC in preventing our club from seeing out its season, and the crocodile tears in their statement are abhorrent.

Since we were made aware of this action by Bootle FC we have repeatedly made ourselves available to take part in the mediation process offered by the NPL, but in the absence of such commitment from anyone at Bootle FC and a NPL deadline looming last Thursday dinnertime, we made the choice to hire the DCBL stadium to host our match v Prescot Cables.

We have now begun to incur significant costs in seeing out this season, in which Bootle FC are contractually committed to hosting our home fixtures, and will be seeking redress by whatever means are appropriate.

Our club will not be stopped from playing football and we refuse to be bullied into unfair terms by any party.