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Non-League: Frank Hannah Manchester Premier cup first round round-up

16 teams have been in action in the Frank Hannah Manchester Premier Cup this week and most games were very close or went to penalties.

Here’s a quick round-up of the games brought to you by The Football Manc Cave.

Radcliffe Vs FC United

It wasn’t the first time this season that these two teams have met at the Neuven Stadium and it was all to play for. It remained goalless until half time and when the teams came back out, Nialle Rodney opened up the score sheet putting FC United in front.

Soon after, Liam Ellis managed to equalise and Boro’ were back in the game. This only lasted for four minutes as Alex Curren then made it 2-1 to FC United. In the 81st minute, a Rick Smith header made it 2-2 and the game went to penalties.

Unfortunately, Boro’ has a bad shoot out and missed 2, sending FC United through to the next round.

Mossley Vs Abbey Hey

It only took 10 minutes for a goal in this game as Abbey Hey took the lead. Mossley’s Ben Halfacre equalised soon after getting the game even again.

Paul Marshall also picked up a bad injury that saw him stretchered off the pitch. There wasn’t much to report in the second half and the score remained 1-1. Meaning another penalty shootout for the competition. Mossley ended up winning the shootout 4-2.

Droylsden Vs Ashton United

The two teams managed to keep it even until half time but in the 62nd minute, Simon Woodford scores an own goal that put Droylsden 1-0 up. The rest of the half remained tight from both teams and that unfortunate own goal was the only one of the game sending Droylsden through to the next round.

Irlam Vs Avro

Another game that stayed 0-0 up until half time. It took 85 minutes in this game for the score sheet to open up and it was Caselle who put Irlam 1-0 up.

Frustrations got the better of Avro when one of their players was sent off in the 88th minute for a reckless tackle. The last minutes of the game were very dramatic as Avro also managed to equalise in injury time.

This sent the game to penalties and Irlam won after they saved Avro’s last shot.

Maine Road Vs Chadderton

Jamie Hill managed to put Maine Road 1-0 up after 38 minutes and all seemed well for the side until Dillan O’Connor managed to equalise in the 43rd minute.

Whatever was said in the Maine Road dressing room at half time certainly worked, as Oscar Campbell came back on the pitch and put his side up 2-1 in the 49th minute.

The game remained this way and Maine Road progressed.

West Didsbury & Chorlton Vs Trafford FC

This was another game that was goalless until half time. In the 55th minute, Grimshaw managed to put Trafford 1-0 up. This was until the 65th minute when they gave a penalty away and West Didsbury’s Barnes equalised.

74 minutes in and Trafford got themselves back into it, Curtis Miller made it 2-1 and a few minutes later, it looked like it was going to be 3 but it was ruled offside.

Trafford won the game and went through.

Hyde United Vs Glossop North End

There was a goal coming from the get-go as Hyde had a goal ruled out pretty early on for offside. This was followed by Paddy Lane scoring the opening goal for Hyde. A nice bit of play between Tongue and Dan Turner soon made it 2-0.

It was kept that way until half time, Glossop came back out and looked like they were going to get themselves back into the game. Ahmadi managed to head home a Samassa cross to make it 2-1.

Unfortunately for them, it wasn’t the comeback they’d hoped for, as Tongue and Dan Turner scores a third and fourth for Hyde.

Samassa also received a red card for a high challenge which probably came out of frustration, as Hyde went through to the next round.

Curzon Ashton Vs Wythenshawe Town

Another 0-0 game up until half time and this one took 67 minutes for some action and it was Isaac Sinclair who put The Nash 1-0 up. 6 minutes later, Wythenshawe’s Dwyer managed to equalise and in the 80th minute, things took a turn for Curzon as Brotherton’s header made it 2-1 to the away side.

Curzon’s Olly Thornley was stretchered off the pitch with an injury. The game remained 2-1 knocking The Nash out of the competition which comes as a big shock at this stage as they hold the cup from last years final in which they managed to beat Mossley 3-1.

Curzon Run Continues…On to The Cup Final

Curzon Ashton’s remarkable recovery in the league has been well documented, however they are carrying on their run of form elsewhere. 

The Frank Hannah Manchester Premier Cup may not trip off the tongue but it’s a great tournament for local clubs, with semi-professional and non-league clubs getting a chance at their day in the sun, or more accurately, evening in Oldham. Traditionally it’s been dominated by Tameside clubs however FC United have lifted it the last twice. 

There is no chance of them defending it this year following their expulsion from the competition for fielding an ineligible player, and the cup is sure to go back to Tameside with the results from last night leaving Curzon Ashton and Mossley in the last two spots. 

Curzon had to get past National League high-flyers and high-rollers Salford City to get to the semi-final, which is no mean feat. Their opposition this time around was Chadderton FC and therefore a short trip to Andrew Street. Which is a true non-league ground with limited infrastructure and tucked away on a terraced street, it’s worth a visit if you are decidedly anti concrete bowls, and according to a colleague when I mentioned the fixture to them, “is well near Asda.” Convenient. 

Curzon came into this game in a brilliant run of form, and this was a big chance for them, with Chadderton playing in North West Counties division one – two leagues below the Nash. Curzon came in with a brilliant attitude and were utterly dominant. Putting a remarkable 8 goals past Chad. The confidence from their rapid improvement in the league was evident, and they played fantastically throughout. The scoreline was thoroughly deserved, and credit to the players and coaches for deciding to throw the proverbial kitchen sink at this tournament, despite some important league games coming up. It will be fantastic for fans to get their trip to Oldham and guarantees a big game for the club even if they fail to make the playoffs. 

Mossley, who are in the same league as Chadderton saw off Radcliffe Borough on the same evening, with the final result being 3-2. So the traditional Tameside Derby will return to Boundary Park at a yet to be confirmed date. If Curzon are in their current run of form the Lilywhites, while deserving respect, could be a great chance for a bit of silverware for Curzon this season, and following on from a recent article about making sure that fans are really getting behind their team, I’ll make sure I’m there.

‘A Tough Pill to Take’ FC United’s Battling Performance Could Help Survival Hopes

This weekend saw FC United face their local rivals, Stockport County, which resulted in the reds 16th loss of the season against a strong County side battling for promotion who got their 9th consecutive win.

Stockport looked to be the team on top in the opening minutes, however, it was the reds who broke the deadlock in the 10th minute with a goal from FC’s number 9 Kurt Willoughby, scoring his 11th league goal of the season. The goal seemed to set County back as the game levelled out and even saw United’s recent signing Mike Donohue miss a one on one chance against The Hatter’s keeper Ben Hinchcliffe. County levelled the score on the 45th minute after a fine reaction save from Lloyd Allinson saw the ball rebound to striker Frank Mulhern, whose cross into the box looped into the reds goal via a deflection off FC’s right back Joel Senior.

The teams who are at opposite ends of the table went into the break all square. It was County who looked to be in control for the majority of the second half without really threatening FC’s goal, however, FC still had the chances and Stockport still had to rely on their number one as Hinchcliffe made a superb reaction save to stop Chris Sharpe getting on the score sheet with a flicked header at the near post. Regardless, the Reds pushed for a winner which would’ve seen them get even closer to safety and spending another season playing in the National League North. Stockport guaranteed their ninth consecutive win and their three points on the 88th minute after Oldham loanee Jamie Stott scored the winner in what was his last game for the men in blue.

The game seemed to tell a familiar story for the Reds as they were never out of control of the game, however the lack of clinical finishing once again cost the Reds points and leaving them now with fourteen cup finals to save themselves a place in the league for next season. Their lack of finishing is going to be something that manager Neil Reynolds is going to have to look to improve on, if United are going to play their football at this level.

Breaking news on Monday has meant The Red Rebels may have an insurmountable mountain to climb, with news coming out they are under investigation from the National League for fielding an ineligible player – which has already seen them kicked out of the Frank Hannah Manchester Premier Cup.