Under 21’s Narrowly Lose in Cup Final

96 HomeAFC Liverpool’s Under 21’s were unable to claim the Bill Hannon Trophy for a second successive year after they slipped to a 0-1 defeat to Obiter at the Liverpool County FA headquarters.

Reds fan Michael Richmond supplies the match report:

AFC Liverpool slipped to a undeserved defeat against Obiter in the Bill Hannon Cup final.

After a poor first half where Obiter had more possession but didn’t create many chances, AFC Liverpool dominated the second half but couldn’t find themselves a goal.

Obiter could have taken an early lead when a Moran back pass was under hit but the Obiter forward knocked it too far and out for a goal kick as he rounded Morgan.

The decisive goal came after 28 minutes when Morgan misjudged a corner hit high in the wind and failed to clear with his punch and as the ball dropped in the six yard box it was scrambled home by an Obiter foot.

The second half saw AFC Liverpool create a large number of half chances but nothing clear cut and in fact Obiter had the best chances late on as the Reds pressed forward. Twice they broke away from AFC Liverpool corners with Morgan making a fine save on one break while on the other they were denied by a post.

With five minutes to go Leahy went down in the box after a clash with the Obiter keeper but the referee waved away claims for a penalty, saying the keeper was fouled. However AFC Liverpool’s players were adamnat Leahy got the first touch to the ball.

One more chance came AFC Liverpool’s way when, after a scramble, the ball fell on the edge of the area to Jay Moran, whose fine shot was well saved by a combination of the keeper and a crowd of defenders.

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