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FC United stumble through in thrilling cup semi-final against Irlam

FC United of manchester manager Neil Reynolds

In the semi-final of the Manchester FA Frank Hannah Premier Cup, FC United of Manchester entertained Irlam FC.

Irlam FC from the North West Counties Premier League, in the opening 20 minutes had the better chances of the 2 sides. As they looked to cause an upset at Boundary Park.

Irlam’s compact display while looking to hit FC United on the counter-attack game plan, had the home side struggling in the early exchanges.

FC United manager Neil Reynolds instructed to his forward line to press on the compact defence, and start to play in the wide pockets with the advancing full-backs.

FC United started to open the game up through the wide spaces, creating problems down either flank through full-backs Donohue and Dodd.

A great dummy by Owolabi left Dodd bursting into the 18-yard box, to cut it across goal for Sinclair-Smith to tap into the net. With FC United 1-0 up, Reynolds side smelt blood and soon added a second through Ennis.

Going into half time the game looked a formality.

Irlam pushed on

Irlam came out of the traps in the second half. A stray pass by goalkeeper Belford seen the ball land at half time substitute Southworth’s feet inside the box, as he calmly slotted it home to make it 2-1.

Irlam pushed on, as the tie opened up into a real end to end cup match.

Substitute’s Linney and Hawley brought a freshness to FC United’s play as they aimed to calm the oncoming waves of attacks from Irlam.

Irlam’s second-half display should have earned them to go past the 90 minutes. As they pushed the home side to earn every inch of their victory and were rightly clapped off at the end.

FC United go through to the Cup final and will face Trafford FC, who defeated Droylsden 3-2 in the other semi-final.

Manchester FA Frank Hannah Premier Cup quarter final round-up

Tuesday night saw some quarter-final games take place in the Manchester FA Frank Hannah Premier Cup. The semi-final draw also took place at half time.

Hyde United faced FC United of Manchester to see who would go through to the next round.

Droylsden FC also faced Mossley FC. Wythenshawe Town should have also played Trafford FC. However, this game was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Results

Droylsden Town drew 0-0 with Mossley. This game had to be decided on penalties. After the shootout was finished, Droylsden went through in a 3-2 battle.

Hyde United hosted FC United and lost 3-0. Adam Dodd, Tunde Owolabi and Louis Myers were responsible for the goals. Hyde also had a penalty saved. FC United are now through to the semi-finals.

Irlam and Maine Road are the other two teams in the competition. However, they are yet to play each other but because of league commitments. This will have to be played in January.

Manchester FA Semi-final draw

The draw was done last night after the Hyde and FC United game. You can see that on Twitter here…

So, Wythenshawe Town or Trafford FC will play Droylsden.

FC United of Manchester will play Irlam FC or Maine Road.

All semi-final clashes will be played week commencing, 03/02/2020.

What Will The Sin Bin Rule Mean For The Non-League

Non-League Football will enter a new era of football with the introduction of the Sin-Bin rule, as football takes a leaf out of Rugby’s book concerning on the field action.

The act will aim to see football clean up on the disciplinary front with regards to dissent towards referees. The temporary banning of a player will aim to clean up the game and, cut out any ill-discipline that currently exists within the game.

Going up to step five of the National League, this decision taken by the Non-League clubs looks to be a popular one. Only a few years back, it seemed football was making a positive step forward bringing in yellow cards for swearing at officials.

Now football is going a step further, meaning a player can be suspended from playing for up to 10 minutes in a game. This will be for dissent and dissent only, whereas normal fouls will result in yellow and reds cards only still.

It seems very clear the ability to sin bin a player will cut out the ugly side of the game and clean up football. Although the new rule will not go as far as penalising players for physical fouls, individual player behaviour should only improve with this rule introduction.

Various matches at grassroots level saw the use of the sin bin in the 2018/19 season. Reaction given gives the FA enough reason to believe this new rule change can only be good for the game going forward. There was a reduction in dissent of 38% in the games trailed, with nearly three-quarters of players wanting to continue with the sin-bin as did the vast majority of managers.

Non-League football may not represent the best football in terms of quality, yet it is certainly setting fresh examples when it comes to off-field matters.

Curzon Looking to Win the Manchester Premier Cup For the First Time Since 1990

Curzon Ashton, as part of a rollercoaster season, have a real chance of getting their day in the sun, or more accurately, evening in Hyde, by winning the Manchester Premier cup for the first time since 1990.

The final will be played at Hyde United’s Ewen Fields, a short hop from the middle of Hyde, which features some impressive floodlights and is located next to a leisure centre, in case you wanted to pop for a quick swim beforehand. In an all Tameside final they will be playing Mossley, who were gifted a spot after FC United, who seemed to be specialists at this competition had insult added to injury to a difficult season when being disqualified for fielding an ineligible player.

Mossley are currently seventh in the Northern Premier League Division One West (trips off the tongue), and should be no match for Curzon, who are National League North opposition. Curzon may have hit a bit of a flat spot in their season in the league after a remarkable few months, but the gulf in class between the players at Mossley and those at Curzon, several of whom are on loan from the academies of bigger clubs could prove a straightforward win for Curzon.

This is a good competition to get behind as a neutral, it is good to see a successful initiative relating to local clubs running. They are also two clubs that contribute to their communities with the Nash having their own charitable foundation and their support of Follo FC that was recently mentioned on this site. Mossley AFC are linked to a local all ability, and increasingly popular running group.

The competition itself is inexpensive to watch and easy to get to, Ewen Fields is minutes from the ring road and walkable from Newton For Hyde, Hyde Central and Godley stations.

I’m a big believer in supporting local teams, so if you’re at a loose end on a Monday night, I’d implore you to get down there and get behind them.