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City of Liverpool progressed in the Liverpool Senior Cup with a morale boosting 2-0 victory over a young Everton side at the Berry Street Garage Stadium.
Craig Robinson gave a start to second choice goalkeeper Andy Marshall, as new keeper Owen Wheeler was cup-tied, having ironically played for Widnes in the Purps 5-1 win in the previous round.
Indeed Marshall had to be on his toes during a cagey opening as the visitors threatened on the counter attack.
The young custodian was off his line quickly on two or three occasions to confidently claim the ball under pressure, giving the Purps a solid foundation at the back.
At the other end, Everton keeper Harry Tyrer produced a brilliant stop low down to his right after a dangerous Luke Denson free kick came through a crowd and arrowed towards the bottom corner.
The young keeper was unsighted by a congested penalty box which made the save all the more impressive.
The home side began to assert their dominance as the first half progressed, with wingers Lewis Gilboy and Kole Hall proving to be a constant threat with driving runs at the Everton full backs.
A surging run down the right from Gilboy saw the Accrington Stanley loanee pick out Hall with an inch perfect cross, however he was crowded out by last ditch defending as he attempted to pull the trigger.
Hall then came even closer to opening the scoring with a fierce volley that cannoned back off the crossbar with Tyrer well beaten.
The rebound fell to Peterson who had next to no time to react and could only divert an improvised header into the grateful arms of Tyrer.
The Purps didn’t have to wait long to open the scoring however, as a Franny Foy free kick was only half cleared, falling to Kevin McEllin who hammered a first time shot from 25 yards into the corner.
It was a rare goal for the Purps midfield linchpin who hadn’t found the net since March 2018, but sent the home side in ahead at the break.
After the interval it was much of the same for the Purps, with Jamie McDonald drawing another fine save from Tyrer within minutes of the restart.
The Purps forward fired in a long range snapshot which arrowed towards the bottom corner, however Tyrer got down low to turn it behind for a corner.
Tom Peterson then had a golden chance to double the home side’s advantage after he benefited from a majestic through ball from man of the moment McEllin.
The midfielder’s pass dissected the Everton defence and released the Purps club record goalscorer, however the ball bobbled horrifically as he entered the area and his left footed effort bounced a yard or so wide of the post.
Everton rallied late on with plenty of possession but nothing to show for it other than a close range effort which smacked the woodwork.
In injury time the Purps made sure of the points as Peterson’s deep corner was met by the head of centreback Anthony Brown who rose like a salmon to plant a header across the keeper and into the corner of the net.
It was no more than the home side deserved after a dominant performance against a promising young Everton team.
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COLFC Community volunteers will be active next week, sourcing appropriate foods and ensuring emergency food parcels reach the most vulnerable in our City.
COLFC in the Community was in the process of starting a Food Union from our premises on Smithdown Road, Liverpool.
We had cleared out the office and bought shelving and had taken deliveries of food stock from our sponsors Regenda Homes and PLS Foundation.
We have a regular food supplier as well.
In light of the Pandemic emergency, we have temporarily abandoned the Food Union idea and instead we made up emergency food parcels from the stock and delivered them to the most needy in our city.
We would like to raise funds to continue to create these emergency food parcels and keep our food hub on Smithdown going.
If you can help us with donations that would be brilliant, thank you!
City of Liverpool FC is delighted by the decision of the IPO to reject Liverpool FC’s application to trademark the word “Liverpool” in a wide array of football related contexts, following our formal objections, the complaints of local independent traders and eventually those of Liverpool City Council.
As we stated initially, this caused us significant difficulties in a practical sense with the ongoing use of our own club’s name and, from a moral perspective, we simply don’t believe that any privately owned business should ever be allowed to own and profit from the name of the name of the city, and the accumulated collective endeavours of its people, in any context.
We had positive engagement with LFC Chief Executive Peter Moore and re-stated our position to him in person. He agreed to provide legal protections in perpetuity to the club, so in a legal context we had already secured our victory back in July.
However, we continued to offer moral support to the local independent traders in their efforts, so it is good news today for all complainants.
Some of our Directors and many of our supporters are long standing supporters of Liverpool FC and we undertook our legal actions with no pleasure whatsoever. We acted in this matter to protect our football club and to act as a local, critical friend to Liverpool FC and hopefully this whole, sorry episode can now be put behind everybody.