Seconds, Thirds and Fourths all win in the Cup

 

Mellor Firsts had no game.

The Seconds staged an incredible 8-5 extravaganza at Brabyns, having reversed the away Wray Cup tie against Milton due to a waterlogged pitch.

Man of the Match Matt Brady rifled in four, including a brilliant curling free kick. Kev Murray (2), an own goal and a Jack Parr goal made up the tally.

Mellor Thirds despatched Aldermere of Division F from the Whitehead Cup 5-0 and might easily have ended in double figures. It was largely a stroll for the men in yellow with Tom Bradley netting two and George Telford, Tom Bright and Matt McNulty also on the scoresheet.

Mellor's pace, especially down the flanks troubled the visitors throughout. Luke Jubb, returning from injury and looking a little rusty, still managed moments of genius and threaded intelligent passes all game. At the back Mark Oldham, also on the comeback trail after injury and Pat Boyle hardly put a foot wrong and were ably supported by full backs Paul Goodwin and Dan Byrne.

Mellor almost took the lead in four minutes, Sam Healey feeding Bradley whose shot from two yards looked a certain goal until a defender's leg deflected it over the bar.

On 11 minutes a 30 yard pass down the left from Byrne sent George Telford clear and he crossed for Jubb to collect and leave a defender for dead only to shoot wide when a goal looked inevitable.

Aldermere's reprieve was short lived. A sumptuous 50 yard diagonal ball from Goodwin cleared the visitors' back line and Bradley strode on confidently to drill the ball in through the keeper's legs.

On 20 minutes Jubb set up Telford whose shot was deflected just wide. From the corner Matt McNulty's shot was scrambled off the goalline. Jubb then gave Sam Parker a good chance but he shot wide when clear through.

On 29 minutes Telford sent Bradley clear again. He appeared to miscontrol the ball but a defender's mistake allowed him to regain possession and he scored easily for 2-0.

Byrne and Telford were combining well on the left to set up a string of chances. McNulty's pace and trickery on the right was a constant threat too, though his end product was sometimes wasteful.

On 30 minutes McNulty beat three men in a mazy dribble only to shoot wide from 18 yards. A minute later Sam Healey shot just too high from a Jubb assist.

But soon after Telford danced through four tackles to chip the keeper for 3-0 and the contest was as good as over.

The half closed with McNulty firing wide from another good position.

After the break another delicious Dan Byrne pass sent Telford away again on the left and he crossed for Sam Parker to fire the ball against the keeper and onto the bar. Sean Dillon then replaced Telford who had been hacked in the calf from behind and almost scored within three minutes, missing a cross from Bradley.

Aldermere then missed a chance of their own. But for the most part it was one way traffic. On 61 minutes Tom Bright replaced Bradley and nine minutes later a flowing move saw Mark Oldham and Luke Jubb combined to release Bright who made it 4-0. Parker put Dillon in on 75 minutes but he shot wide. A minute later Adam Axford replaced Healey.

Byrne then surged down the left and crossed for Tom Bright to blaze over the bar from 16 yards. It was left to McNulty to administer the last rites, fastening on to Jubb's pass and running 50 yards before lobbing the keeper for 5-0.

The Fourths went to Hough End in a new mini league-style version of the Hellawell Shield and won convincingly 4-2. New signing Matt Wade scored and Sobiegraj, Cliffe and Kovriegie were also on the scoresheet.

 

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PIC 1 Matt Brady....four goals and the Man of the Match accolade for the Seconds

PIC 2 Callum Dunion...new face for the Seconds

PIC 3 Dan Byrne, stylish left back for the Thirds

PIC 4 .Sean Dillon....on as a sub for the Thirds
PIC 4 .Withold Kovriegie scored for the Fourths