The broad vision that brought the founding members together was one of a football club that was owned by our community and represented the community’s civic, social and cultural identity.
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.
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