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Football: SAINTS MARCH INTO CUP FINAL; Impressive St Michael's move step closer to silverware ST MICHAELS .......... 2 BOOKER JUNIORS ...... 0.


ST MICHAEL'S scored in each half to bag an important 2-0 victory over Booker Juniors in the semi final of the under-12s South Liverpool Cup.

St Michael's, who finished second in the table, were troubled by third placed Booker Juniors with two minutes gone when a well worked move saw Neil Bunting pass to Nduka Kemjica, but his shot was pushed around the post by goalkeeper Tom Stewart.

However, St Michael's began to get on top of their game and were awarded a free kick on 14 minutes, but Nathan Woodruff's low drive was blocked by a defender.

Moments later, St Michael's opened the scoring. Dillon Corrie controlled the ball well in the middle and sidefooted through a crowded penalty area into the net.

The goal added confidence to St Michael's game and they should have gone further ahead on 18 minutes when Corrie lofted a free-kick towards Marcos Crockett, but the midfielder's effort went over the bar.

Booker Juniors were unfortunate not to equalise when a long thrown in by Jordan Kevan found Alex Mills, but his header struck the post.

The second half began with St Michael's dominant and their first opportunity fell to David Vaughan as he raced through the middle and unleashed a powerful shot, but keeper Michael Christopher was equal to his effort and saved brilliantly. It was St Michael's turn to hit the post on 30 minutes when Woodruff swung in a dangerous free kick, but Sean Lavelle could not find the target.

St Michael's increased their lead when Ben Chan's weighted ball split the Booker defence and Crockett was on hand to finish with aplomb.

St Michael's continued to create chances and were unlucky not to make it 3-0 when a long ball from Kyle Rawlings found Lavelle but he was denied by Christopher. Booker keeper Christopher frustrated St Michael's again on 44 minutes as Crockett supplied Lavelle, who a struck fierce drive, but Christopher made an excellent full length save.

A minute later his counterpart was called into action as Daniel Kelly raced down the right wing, outpacing St Michael's defence, but his goalbound effort was tipped behind by Stewart.

Booker pushed for a consolation goal and went close in the last minute when Kemjica tricked his way down the left wing and cut the ball back for Kelly, but his shot went agonisingly wide

Man of the match

Nathan Woodruff The central defender was calm on the ball and made good use of possession

How they lined up


Tom Stewart David Vaughan Nathan Woodruff James Bradley Dillon Corrie Gerard Barton Michael O'Brien Marcos Crockett Jack Buckley Sean Lavelle Andrew McGann


Michael Christopher David Bond Jack Curran Mark Donga Tom Ellis Jack Larsen Nduka Kemjika Daniel Kelly Jordan Kevan Jonathan Southern Neil Bunting

Words from the wise

'It was a well contested game by both teams, but we deserved the win.'

Terry Lavelle, St Michael's manager

'We got beaten by the better team on the day.'

Alan Christopher, Booker Juniors manager


CLOSE CONTROL: Jonathan Southern tries to break through the St Michael's defence (above). Jack Curran stretches to reach the ball (below), while Booker clear (right; BOOKER JUNIORS (l-r): Back: David Bond, Nduka Kemjika, Jonathan Southern, Michael Christopher, Alex Mills, Mark Donga, Neil Bunting. Front: Jordan Kevan, Daniel Kelly, Kyle Rawlings, Jack Curran, Tom Ellis, Tom Walker, Jack Larsen, Andrew Hardy; ON THE ATTACK: St Michael's squeeze through the Booker defence (above and below), while team-mates pounce on Marcos Crockett after scoring (left; IN SAFE HANDS: Booker Juniors keeper Michael Christopher Pictures: GEOFF DAVIES; ST MICHAEL'S (l-r): Back:Dillon Corrie, Nathan Woodruff, Michael O'Brien, Tom Stewart, James Bradley, Josh Lucas, Jack Buckley. Front: Ben Chan, Andrew McGann, Marcos Crockett, David Vaughan, Sean Lavelle, Gerard Barton, Michael Rice
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 5, 2005
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