Cairns returns to the purps

COLFC are delighted to announce that Craig Cairns has committed himself to the club for Season 2020/21.

Our prolific ex-centre forward and fans favourite scored 28 goals in his first season with the club, which helped propel us to the Premier Division title in the NWCFL.

Craig moved back to Runcorn Town last season to be a bit nearer to home for the birth of his second child, but will now be back in the famous Purple for a crack at the NPL North West Division.

Craig said “I missed the club last season and family comes first, but it was an easy decision to come back to the Purps and when I spoke to Robbo, it was all done and dusted in 5 minutes.

I now can’t wait to get started and get back to the lads and the staff and of course the supporters, who were always great with me.”

Manager Craig Robinson said “To have Craig back with us for the new season is great news and I’m sure it will the fans a big lift in this tough period we are all going through.

Craig is a natural born goalscorer with a hunger to be successful that matches our clubs’. He showed great desire to come back and it didn’t take long to get the deal over the line.

I’m sure he’ll get a big welcome back when we can all return”

Purps beat Everton in Liverpool senior cup.

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.

COLFC slip to narrow home defeat

City of Liverpool slipped to a narrow defeat at home to Marske United after an early goal saw the visitors take the three points. 

In a first half of very few chances, Marske took the lead when an Exocet of a long through from O’Sullivan was flicked on for Craig Gott to gather at the far post and slot calmly beyond James Aspinall. 

The second half was much livelier and the Purps should have equalised within moments of the restart when Tom Peterson’s smart flick saw Liam Dawson through on goal. Dawson hammered a fierce left footed effort across Jack Norton in the Marske goal, but agonisingly wide of the post.

The home side continued to press and with the last kick of the game a half clearance fell to centre back Anthony Brown who chested and volleyed, but Norton produced a good save, ensuring Marske took the points 

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Star player – Liam Hynes (City of Liverpool).