South Sefton Borough 1 Sacre Coeur Former Pupils 3

Saturday 28th May 2011
South Sefton Borough 1 Sacre Coeur Former Pupils 3
Liverpool County FA Premier League Premier Division
At: Mill Dam Field, Sefton
Kick-off: 3-00 pm
Admission: none; Programme: none
Attendance: 40 (headcount)
Weather: cloudy, dry, strong wind
Duration: first-half: 45.00; second-half: 45:30

The Liverpool County Premier League was founded in 2006 with the merger of two established leagues, the Liverpool County Football Combination and I Zingari League. To be honest, the competition up to now hasn’t been one that I’ve been attracted to and I’d previously seen one game – East Villa v Waterloo Dock on Cup Final day in 2008. Many years ago in 1989, I was at an intriguing FA Vase tie between St Dominics (of the Liverpool Combination) and Douglas High School Old Boys (from the Isle of Man).

So, even though traffic reports on the radio suggested delays on the M6 through Cheshire, I decided to end my 2010/11 winter football season venturing into unfamiliar territories – a decision that proved to be a really good idea. The village of Sefton is located to the north of Liverpool and near to end of the M57 and M58. It is also close to Aintree racecourse and has a race over the national fences during the November meeting called the ‘Grand Sefton Chase’.

South Sefton Borough play home games at Mill Dam Field in the village. I knew the ground was behind the Punchbowl through finding the entrance provided tricky and not just for me. After trying to access the ground via the church car park and churchyard, one helpful local told me the road leading up to the ground was in fact round to the right of the pub.

Founded in 2001 and previously a member of the Liverpool Combination, South Sefton Borough have competed in the Premier Division in each of the five seasons of the Premier League – finishing previously 6th (2006/07), 13th (2007/08 and 2008/09), and 7th (2009/10).

This could have been a boring end of season affair between two mid-tables sides, both played, however, with commitment and wanted to win. The strong blustery wind could have but didn’t spoil the game, played on an exposed field. Sacre Coeur took an 8th minute lead through Matthew McKeown and they extended it with a long-range drive by Lee Mullin in the 21st minute. South Sefton quickly halved the deficit through James Demomme. A neat move in the 70th minute completed the scoring when Sacre Coeur substitute Gary Roache ran in to slot home a pass from Matthew McKeown.

0-1 Matthew McKeown (8)
0-2 Lee Mullin (21)
1-2 James Demomme (23)
1-3 Gary Roache (70)