Bootle Claim Senior Cup on Penalties

Away ShirtBootle claimed the Liverpool Senior Cup, winning the penalty shoot out 4-3, after the game had finished 1-1 in ninety minutes.

It was a tight affair between two well matched teams with few real chances for either side and though AFC Liverpool held the lead at the break, courtesy of Ronnie Morgan, the hosts drew level through a Jack McDowell own goal ten minutes into the second half. However, a controversial decision cost AFC Liverpool the chance to win the match in injury time as the referee failed to award the Reds a penalty after Morgan was scythed down in the box.

AFC Liverpool edged the first half on possession but only created the one chance, when Paul Brown’s high cross found Morgan in the six yard box and though the striker didn’t make the cleanest of contacts, he caught the ball enough to send it bouncing over Dean Porter in the Bootle goal.

The hosts, who had had a couple of long range efforts from James Riley and Shaun Miller that failed to trouble Stephen Longrigg, created their best chance of the half immediately after falling behind. Michael Boyle’s cross picked out Daniel O’Connor and he laid it off to Miller, who fired into the side netting from ten yards.

Bootle had the better of the second half, though only after they had got back on level terms, and their equaliser came almost out of the blue. A free kick delivered into the box was only half cleared and was picked up by Miller, who skipped in behind Darren Torpey. Whipping in a cross from the byeline, he found Sean Coulton , who’s glancing header was turned into his own net by McDowell.

Though Bootle had more of the ball, the only time Longrigg was troubled was when a free kick was rolled into Tom Foley on the edge of the box and the substitute turned Jack Sinnott but he couldn’t quite match that with the shot, which Longrigg beat away at his near post.

With the ninety minutes drawing to a conclusion, there was drama at both ends as firstly Jamie Hay’s pass slipped in Miller but after cutting inside, he couldn’t find a way past Longrigg and before the crowd had time to draw breath, the ball was knocked long for Morgan to chase. Having got ahead of Michael Carberry, the Reds’ striker was unceremoniously hacked down from behind as he strode into the Bootle penalty box, though the only person in the stadium who failed to see the illegality in the challenge was the referee, who instead awarded the Reds a corner.

With the two sides still level after ninety minutes, the game went straight to penalty kicks to decide the winner.

Tom Pietersen, Shaun Miller and Darren Torpey all found the back of the net before Paul Brown missed his spot kick, leaving Bootle with a 2-1 lead. However, Stephen Longrigg saved from Mark Kilroy and Ronnie Morgan brought the Reds back on level terms. Paul Byrne and Steve Jones made it three apiece before Jamie Hay converted to leave Liam Loughlin needing to score to keep AFC Liverpool hopes alive. However, his kick came back off the inside of the post to allow Bootle to claim the trophy after a 124 year wait.

Bootle 1-1 AFC Liverpool
McDowell (o.g.) 54′    Morgan 32′
Bootle win 4-3 on penalties

Bootle: 1.Dean Porter 2.Mark Kilroy 3.Paul Byrne 4.Michael Carberry 5.Sean Coulton 6.Jamie Hay 7.James Riley 8.Billy Smart 9.Daniel O’Connor 10.Michael Boyle 11.Shaun Miller
AFC Liverpool: 1.Stephen Longrigg 2.Jack McDowell (14.Jack Sinnott ) 3.Shaun Harris 4.Darren Torpey 5.Anthony Brown 6.Nevil Picton (15.Joshua Purcell ) 7.Ronnie Morgan 8.Liam Loughlin (C) 9.Steve Jones 10.John Lawless ( 12.Steve Corris )11.Paul Brown
Unused Subs: 13.Dean Pye 16.Ionut Curciorva

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