Purps Head to Hamburg for HFC Falke Celebrations

We are delighted to announce that we have accepted an invitation from HFC Falke of Hamburg, to join them in their club’s 10th anniversary celebrations on weekend of Saturday 22nd June.

Our 1st team squad and staff will fly out to Hamburg on Friday 21st and all supporters are welcome to join us for the weekend.

We will play a friendly game, kicking off at 4.30 pm on the 22nd before the official anniversary party.

Any club members or supporters who haven’t yet booked travel, please speak to any club official for details.

We are looking forward to joining our friends from Falke for what promises to be a legendary Purps weekend.

Paul Mcnally Commits For Season 24/25

We are delighted to announce that despite interest from other clubs, Paul McNally has readily agreed to remain as 1st team Manager with City of Liverpool FC moving forward.

Under almost unprecedented circumstances off the pitch, Paul not only kept the squad together but led the club to its highest ever finish in 5th and reaching the Pitching In NPL Div One West Play Off final.

Paul McNally said “Once the play off final finished the immediate priority was to enjoy a break with my family and to reflect on the season’s achievements.”

“Upon doing this I am very proud of how far the players, staff and club met every challenge head on ending our season with a 3rd round FA trophy game, a Liverpool Senior Cup final, a 5th placed finish and a play off final all achieved against the odds.”

“With all this I have confidence in achieving a lot more with the club so it would only be natural to commit myself to the club and the journey we are still on together, we are excited and planning has already begun for next season.”

With the Manager’s future assured and a new and secure Groundshare agreement at DCBL Stadium in place, we will enjoy a short break and look forward with optimism to the busy pre season ahead and the 24/25 Season.

PURPS CLAIM DERBY DOUBLE

City of Liverpool produced another committed and resilient performance to deservedly claim all three points against Bootle at the DCBL stadium on Wednesday night.

It was the second time this season that Paul McNally’s side have come out on top against the Bucks, and the latest result was important three points with so much to play for as the NPL West division season nears it’s end.

The manager handed a recall to skipper Danny Mitchley, who has shone every time he’s played against Bootle since joining the Purps, meaning Josh Quarless took a place on the bench.

Macca was also boosted by the return of key midfielder Max Allen for the first time since he injured his ankle against Mossley on the Easter weekend.

Mitchley was straight into the action within the first minute of the match, picking up the ball just inside Bootle’s half before attempting to lob goalkeeper Tony Thompson from distance.

Thompson was alive to it and back-peddled to make a comfortable claim, but it was an early indication of City of Liverpool’s intention to be quick-thinking and catch the Bootle defence out.

The visitors then had a spell in which they looked to feed forwards Jake Burton and Ben Hopkinson at every opportunity, but good defending from Kenny Strickland and Jack Hont in particular ensured they were frustrated in their efforts.

Bootle had a golden opportunity to open the scoring after 22 minutes when Conor Harwood’s driving run from the left saw an attempted cross strike the hand of Purps defender Adam Rooney.

It seemed a harsh penalty call from the referee given that Rooney was both in close proximity to Harwood and his arms were by his side, but nevertheless the visitors would have the chance to make the first impression on the scoreboard.

Former Tranmere Rovers forward Jake Burton stepped up to firmly strike his spot-kick into the corner of the net, but Calvin Hare dived full stretch to his left to claw the ball around the post for a corner.

It was yet more penalty heroics from the Purple Spider, who is once again demonstrating his credentials as the best custodian in the league.

The Purps rallied after the penalty save, knowing they’d been afforded a real let-off by their goalkeeper and they looked to assert themselves in forward areas.

Bootle struggled with the pace and aggression of Xenon Bahula, Ismail Sonko and Elliot Morris on the ball, and both visiting central defenders were pulled up for fouls in dangerous areas as the Purps looked a yard quicker in attacking areas.

Kenny Strickland fired a few yards over the bar with a long range free kick, whilst Adam Rooney went close with a header from a Max Allen corner which was well held by Thompson.

On the stroke of half time the hosts had a golden chance to open the scoring as a deep ball into the box found the Bootle defence fast asleep and Rooney in acres of space.

The bigman got slightly underneath his header which agonisingly skewed over the bar – a real let off for the visitors.

HALF TIME: City of Liverpool 0-0 Bootle

The Purps started the second half as they had finished the first, with Elliot Morris racing clear down the right within a minute of the restart and flashing a right footed effort across the face of goal.

Two minutes later, Michael Simpson was picked out by Morris on another foray forward, with the right-back firing a fierce effort on the overlap which flew just wide of Thompson’s near post.

Another City of Liverpool burst forward saw the Purps with 3 on 3 momentarily, with the ball eventually breaking for Max Allen to fire an opportunistic first-time effort over the bar from distance.

Ismail Sonko then saw an instinctive effort from the right of the box denied by an excellent stop from Thompson to push the ball away for a corner.

The resulting set piece caused all manner of confusion in the Bootle box, culminating in Mitchley firing over from inside area.

City of Liverpool had a real fire in their bellies and an intent which saw them first to every ball and looking to take full advantage of their dominance in the second period.

Mitchley picked the ball up fully 30 yards out before unleashing a speculative left-footed effort which flew past Thomson and cannoned back off the bar.

It would’ve been another spectacular derby goal for Mitchley, who lit up Vesty Road with an acrobatic overhead kick against Bootle on New Years Day last year.

The Purps had huge shouts for a penalty a minute later when Xenon Bahula was hauled down by Anthony Miley, however the referee instead pointed for a corner to the consternation of the home support.

It wouldn’t matter though, as a brilliant delivery from Max Allen was met by a delayed run from Adam Rooney who rose like a salmon to power home the opener!

Bootle rallied after the opener and came alive particularly after the introduction of substitute Michael Burkey, meaning the Purps had to be on their mettle defensively to ensure the Bucks didn’t have a route back to parity.

Firstly, Calvin Hare denied a long range effort which came through a crowd after the referee failed to stop play as Si Wills lay on the deck with a head injury.

Shortly afterwards a driving run from Harwood caused confusion and a Bootle man looked to turn the ball home from close range, only to be denied by heroic defending on the line from Michael Simpson.

Deep into injury time Miley went into the book for scything down Quarless who momentarily looked to break clear on the edge of the area.

The resulting free kick was a textbook definition of “Josh Quarless Territory” and the Purps’ top scorer stepped up to rifle home his free kick from over 25 yards out, sparking celebrations amongst his team mates and delighted home supporters.

Josh’s strike extinguished any lingering fears of a late Bootle equaliser and the final whistle brought jubilant scenes in front of the home faithful – who had kicked every ball, celebrated every successful tackle and spurred Paul McNally’s side on to another important three points.

FULL TIME: City of Liverpool 2-0 Bootle

City of Liverpool: Calvin Hare, Michael Simpson, Jack Hont, Kenny Strickland, Adam Rooney, Si Wills, Elliot Morris, Ismail Sonko, Danny Mitchley (Josh Quarless), Max Allen (Michael Grogan), Xenon Bahula (Jawad Jebrin).

Subs not used: Kyle Schorah, Luke Byron.

POST MATCH REACTION:

Paul McNally hailed Calvin Hare as the “best goalkeeper in the league” after his first half penalty save and praised the commitment from his side to secure an important three points.

The gaffer also described the contributions of man of the match Adam Rooney as “outstanding” as the centreback matched a commanding performance at the back with the all-important opening goal.

NEXT UP:

The tough games come thick and fast for City of Liverpool as we make the trip to Nantwich Town on Saturday afternoon in the NPL West for a 3pm kick off.

There is also the small matter of a Liverpool Senior Cup Final to be played at Marine on Tuesday night.

Kick off is 7:45pm and tickets are selling FAST so supporters are encouraged to purchase theirs asap to avoid disappointment.

Tickets are available via the following link and there will be NO CASH TURNSTILE on the night, so you really do need to move fast if you want to be part of it.

The supporters have been a huge part of all of our memorable moments this season, so lets give Macca and the lads a big away following on Tuesday night!

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RELENTLESS PURPS PUNISH KIDSGROVE

City of Liverpool returned to winning ways with a 5-0 demolition of Kidsgrove Athletic on Saturday afternoon.

However, a fine result for Paul McNally’s side was marred by tragedy chanting from visiting Kidsgrove supporters, two days before the 35th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

The visiting supporters sang “always the victim” – a tragedy chant which is widely associated with Hillsborough and is a criminal offence.

As well has being witnessed by home supporters and staff, the tragedy chanting was noted by a number of neutral supporters and was acknowledged in a statement issued by Kidsgrove Athletic on social media shortly after full time.

On the field, Macca handed a start to Xenon Bahula who has returned to fitness after a long period out, whilst Michael Grogan returned to the bench for the first time since suffering an injury against Widnes.

It was a slow start to the match from both sides, although the visitors moved the ball nicely in the opening stages – particularly through holding midfielder Ernest Ofosu and winger Nathan Morley.

Despite some periods of possession, the visitors never laid a threat to Calvin Hare’s goal, although Ofosu fired a couple of yards over the bar with a speculative effort from distance early on.

City of Liverpool almost went ahead out of nothing when a mistake at the back saw Kidsgrove gift the ball to Josh Quarless, allowing the Purps’ top marksman to stride through on goal.

Quarless lifted a lobbed effort over the advancing Kieran Harrison but the ball agonisingly rebounded off the crossbar and back into the custodian’s grateful arms.

It wouldn’t be long before the Purps took the lead however, and it came in somewhat fortuitous fashion!

Ismail Sonko was the “architect” as he skipped beyond a couple of challenges down the right before curling in a deep cross which flew over the head of Harrison and directly into the net.

Out of nothing the Purps were ahead!

HALF TIME: City of Liverpool 1-0 Kidsgrove Athletic

City of Liverpool came out with a real intent at the start of the second period and Xenon Bahula in particular was a real thorn in the side of the Kidsgrove defence.

Much as had been the case in the first half, Xenon skipped past defenders at will and earned his side a penalty after 51 minutes when he was felled by Harvey Washington.

Kenny Strickland stepped up and made no mistake, hammering home from the spot to put his side two to the good.

The Purps continued on the front foot and looked threatening with each foray forward.

Elliot Morris continued to occupy his marker in wide areas and terrify the visiting defence with his pace and trickery on the ball.

The excellent Ismail Sonko was the pick of a midfield which was a real platform of defensive solidity and direct driving runs when in possession.

Sonko went close again on 69 minutes after picking the ball up beautifully but his effort drifted wide of the post.

Paul McNally gave Bahula a well-earned rest after such a starring performance and introduced Jawad Jebrin, whilst skipper Danny Mitchley replaced Josh Quarless.

There was no let-up for Kidsgrove as JJ picked up where Xenon left off by hounding defenders in the press, as Mitchley picked up pockets of space around the edge of the box and battled in the air with a tired backline.

It wouldn’t be long before Mitchley got in on the action, scoring a screamer for what would be the pick of the afternoon’s goals.

The forward was picked out by a neat pass from Jebrin before hitting a ferocious effort on the half-volley which flew past Harrison and into the net.

What a strike from the skipper!

Going into injury time there was no let-up from the Purps who sensed an opportunity to add to their goal tally.

Substitute Kyle Schorah strode away after Kidsgrove made a mess of dealing with a long ball down field, and the forward selflessly squared for Jebrin to tap home into the unguarded net.

There was still time for more, as the Purps made it a late triple-salvo courtesy of another emphatic Strickland penalty.

The referee had no choice but the point to the spot after Danny Mitchley was scythed down with the goal at his mercy after a neat cut back by Elliot Morris.

Strickland stepped up to compound Kidsgrove’s misery, making it five goals in two weeks for a vital cog in the Purple Machine.

FULL TIME: City of Liverpool 5-0 Kidsgrove

City of Liverpool: Calvin Hare, Michael Simpson, Jack Hont, Kenny Strickland, Adam Rooney, Simon Wills, Elliot Morris, Ismail Sonko, Josh Quarless (Danny Mitchley 78′), Luke Byron (Kyle Schorah 76′), Xenon Bahula (Jawad Jebrin 69′).

Subs not used: Baba Conteh, Michael Grogan.

MAN OF THE MATCH:

Fit-again fan favourite Xenon Bahula gets the nod for an energetic display full of pace and trickery, which gave the visiting defence no respite all afternoon.

MANAGER’S INTERVIEW:

Paul McNally was pleased to see his side return to winning ways, praising a “perfect response” to last weekend’s defeat at Chasetown.

NEXT UP:

The Purps face Bootle in our rescheduled fixture from Easter Monday’s washout.

The match will be played at the DCBL Stadium, Widnes on Wednesday 17th April for a 7:45pm kick off.

As previously communicated, tickets bought for the original fixture remain valid.

Supporters are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to avoid queues at the turnstiles and we’re hoping for a big home crowd to support Macca and the lads in an important fixture.

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SUPER STRICKLAND SEALS PURPS POINTS

City of Liverpool overcame Mossley after a battling display on the road, in the first of a tough Easter Bank Holiday double-header on Saturday.

Manager Paul McNally was still without the services of star forward Elliot Morris, who was serving the game of a two match suspension incurred by his red card at Newcastle Town.

Kyle Schorah was handed a start in attack, whilst Luke Byron retained his shirt following a man of the match display in last weekend’s draw at home to Hanley Town.

A cagey opening to the match saw neither side threatening to lay a glove on one another until the Purps were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Mossley area.

Josh Quarless curled a fine effort over the wall but his shot was matched by excellent handling from home goalkeeper Finley Madigan to smother the ball with attackers following in.

Mossley then had a real spell of possession where they looked to capitalise on a disjointed spell from the visitors and had a real outlet in Jack Bannister who looked to threaten with direct running at every opportunity.

Purps goalkeeper Calvin Hare displayed solid handling of his own to thwart a fizzed cross-shot from Alfie Belcher.

The referee had a decision to make on 31 minutes when Kane Hickman flew over the top of the ball challenging Ismail Sonko, leaving the young Purps midfielder in a heap and his team mates incensed.

In truth Hickman was probably lucky to escape with the yellow card which he was awarded, whilst Simon Wills also went into the book for his reaction to such a poor challenge.

The Purps struggled to navigate a bobbling pitch and it seemed as though every opportunity to get a shot away ended through the ball bouncing away at the crucial moment.

Kyle Schorah did test Madigan’s resolve after 33 minutes but again the Mossley custodian was equal to it, beating away his close range effort for a corner.

The best chance of the half came shortly afterwards, when Mossley’s Ben Darby beat a man before playing a perfect ball for Alfie Belcher to hammer goal wards.

Just as the ground expected the net to ripple, Calvin Hare clawed it away with a brilliant point-blank save, once again underlining his status as one of the very best goalkeepers in the NPL West Division.

As the match approach half-time the Purps did have the ball in the back of the net when a brilliant pass from Kenny Strickland found substitute Danny Mitchley to slot home.

Sadly the linesman’s flag was up, so Mitch’s strike was ruled out.

HALF TIME: MOSSLEY 0-0 CITY OF LIVERPOOL

The Purps came out for the second half with far more attacking intent and had a golden challenge within four minutes of the restart.

Ismail Sonko picked out Kyle Schorah with a fine pass inside the box, but the forward’s well-struck effort flashed inches past the post.

Again the City of Liverpool nemesis looked to be the bobble of the ball, as Luke Byron and Danny Mitchley sliced off target in quick succession, leaving supporters to wonder if it was going to be one of those days.

At the other end Jamal Crawford linked well with Andy Keogh and burst into space but was denied again by an assured stop from Hare.

Kane Hickman was again the villain of the piece when his high boot kicked Sonko in the face, but the midfielder was somehow not given his marching orders to the bemusement of the travelling support.

Quarless was then denied with another long-range free kick which Madigan clawed away with a brilliant save down to his right, probably the best of his fine afternoon for Mossley.

As the match looked to be petering into a frustrating stalemate, the Purps were awarded a penalty when another Hickman high boot caught Mitchley full in the face.

The referee had no choice but to point to the spot, and Kenny Strickland stepped up to send Madigan the wrong way from the spot, to the jubilation of his team mates and supporters.

City of Liverpool fought for everything for the remaining 9 minutes of the match, aggressively pressing and heroic at the back, which was personified by Strickland’s imperious display.

The experienced defender made a number of crucial blocks in the closing minutes as Paul McNally’s side saw out 6 minutes of injury time to take a vital three points in our quest for the Play Offs.

FULL TIME: MOSSLEY 0-1 CITY OF LIVERPOOL

City of Liverpool: Calvin Hare, Michael Simpson, Jack Hont, Kenny Strickland, Adam Rooney, Simon Wills, Ismail Sonko, Max Allen (Danny Mitchley 26′), Josh Quarless, Luke Byron (Jawad Jebrin 52′), Kyle Schorah (Xenon Bahula 57′).

Subs not used: Ethan Jones, Baba Conteh.

MAN OF THE MATCH:

Kenny Strickland was the match winner with his cooly-taken penalty, but it was his all-round display that saw him head and shoulders the best player on the park.

MANAGER’S INTERVIEW:

Paul McNally praised a committed and battling performance from his said, reserving special mentions for Simon Wills, Ismail Sonko and man of the match Kenny Strickland.

NEXT UP:

The Purps face Bootle at home on Bank Holiday Monday for a 3pm kick off.

Supporters are encouraged to purchase tickets early to avoid queues on the gate.

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MORRIS BRACE HELPS PLAY OFF PUSH

City of Liverpool FC’s fine recent form continued on Saturday afternoon, as a brace from Elliot Morris saw the Purps claim a vital three points against Widnes.

The win saw Paul McNally’s side ascend to 5th in the NPL West Division, breaking into the Play Off places with eight games remaining.

Macca handed recalls to top scorer Josh Quarless and Kyle Schorah in place of Danny Mitchley and Jawad Jebrin respectively, following the midweek stalemate at Hanley Town.

After a fairly uneventful opening to the match, the Purps could have gone ahead after 10 minutes when excellent work from the lively Elliot Morris saw him cut the ball across goal only for a block from a well-placed Widnes defender to prevent a tap-in for Kyle Schorah.

The match sprung into life on 15 minutes when a driving run from Jack Hont down the left saw him leave Niall Battersby and Sean Miller in his wake and cross invitingly into the box.

Hont’s cross wasn’t fully dealt with and Widnes struggled to clear their lines, allowing Kenny Strickland to return the ball into the box for another missed clearance to fall invitingly for Elliot Morris to volley a first time rocket beyond Cameron Terry and into the net.

It was another telling contribution from Morris, who has simply shone since he arrived from FC United of Manchester in November.

Within minutes of City of Liverpool opening the scoring, the visitors crafted their first real sight on goal and almost restored parity.

A neat move started with Widnes winning the ball off Josh Quarless on the halfway line through skipper Ste Irwin and the ball was worked to Jack McGowan who drove at the Purps defence before sliding Irwin in down the left of the box.

As Irwin bore down on goal Calvin Hare rushed out and made a great block with his body, before a timely intervention from Adam Rooney prevented McGowan diverting the ball into the empty net.

Hare was called into action again on 30 minutes when James Steele was released by a lovely ball from the lively Miller, but the former City of Liverpool fired tamely at the goalkeeper when well-placed.

HALF TIME: CITY OF LIVERPOOL 1-0 WIDNES

The Purps were dealt a blow within minutes of the restart when Mike Grogan, so pivotal to our fine form this season, went down holding his hamstring and had to be replaced by Ismail Sonko.

The substitution saw Kenny Strickland deputise at centre back and Sonko drop into attacking midfield, whilst Max Allen dropped back to sit alongside the excellent Si Wills.

Grogan’s unplanned departure did little to negatively affect the control Paul McNally’s side had on the match, as Widnes struggled to cope particularly with driving runs from Elliot Morris down the right.

Visiting captain Ste Irwin found himself in the book after 52 minutes for a poor challenge Morris, whilst Sonko injected an added intensity both with the ball at his feet and when pressing the visitors.

City of Liverpool added a deserved second after 70 minutes and once again it was the best player on the park who sprinkled a little more magic on the match.

An exquisite ball from Jack Hunt saw Elliot Morris racing in behind down the left and a superb first touch saw him surge away from the last defender before despatching a perfect finish beyond Terry and into the net.

The goal took Elliot’s tally to 11 goals from 20 appearances in Purple, eight of which have come in his last nine games.

The second goal gave the Purps a bit of comfort and breathing space, whilst they continued to look assured at the back.

Morris fired over from distance late on as he looked to claim the match ball, whilst Josh Quarless lofted narrowly over Cameron Terry’s crossbar after excellent work from substitute Dom McGiveron to tee him up.

Paul McNally’s side saw out the closing minutes to claim another valuable three points and rise to our highest ever position at Step 4 level approaching the business-end of the season.

FULL TIME: CITY OF LIVERPOOL 2-0 WIDNES

CITY OF LIVERPOOL: Calvin Hare, Michael Simpson, Jack Hont, Adam Rooney, Mike Grogan (Ismail Sonko 49′), Kenny Stickland, Elliot Morris (Dom McGiveron 89′), Si Wills, Josh Quarless, Max Allen, Kyle Schorah (Jawad Jebrin 64′)

Subs not used: Danny Mitchley, Ethan Jones.

MAN OF THE MATCH:

Elliot Morris picks up another accolade for another match winning performance for the Purps. What a signing this lad is turning out to be!

MANAGER’S INTERVIEW:

Paul McNally hailed “an outstanding team performance from the defence through to the forwards” as his side claimed a deserved three points.

Joining us for the post-match interview was 16-year-old media student Charlie Edwards after being part of our commentary team on PurpsFM.

COMING SOON:

The big games are coming thick and fast for the Purps as we approach an intense end to the season, and on Saturday afternoon we make a tough trip to Newcastle Town in the NPL West division.

Next Tuesday 19th March, we have the hotly anticipated Liverpool Senior Cup semi-final at home to Tranmere Rovers as we chase our first silverware since 2019.

Kick off will be 7:45pm at Vauxhall Motors Sports Club.

We’re expecting this to be in demand so supporters of both sides are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to help us with our planning for this fixture.

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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.