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SOUTH TURN ON THE STYLE; Tuebrook League U16s division leaders continue their march to the title as Macmillan are defeated.

Byline: PAUL ANDERSON at Maiden Lane Playing Fields, Clubmoor Pictures: CRAIG GALLOWAY

MACMILLAN..... 1 S LIVERPOOL ... 4 SOUTH LIVERPOOL remained top of the Tuebrook League's under-16s division with a convincing 4-1 victory over Macmillan at Maiden Lane Playing Fields on Sunday morning.

The division pacesetters dominated the fixture and set the tone from the off with their control of the game.

Joe Preston went close to opening the scoring in the early stages when he struck a wicked volley goalwards but the effort was well matched by Macmillan goalkeeper Anthony Edgerton who dived to tip the ball around the post.

Macmillan did create a good chance themselves shortly later when Jonjoe Devine drove a shot just wide of the post.

Craig Byrne was dangerous on the left wing for South Liverpool and looked a constant threat throughout the first period. He shot across goal with his left foot but it didn't call Edgerton into action.

The deadlock was broken after 20 minutes with a superb volley from David Mee, the South Liverpool player tried his luck with an audacious effort from 25-yards which stunned Macmillan and gave his side a 1-0 lead.

South Liverpool continued to pile on the pressure but Macmillan defended well and would have wanted to get to the break without conceding again in order to regroup and react to manager Kris Whelan's team-talk.

Unfortunately for them though, South Liverpool scored just seconds before the break, George Doyle played in Byrne who latched onto the pass on the left of the area and side-footed the ball home to make it 2-0 at the interval.

Macmillan started the second period the brighter and their comeback hinged on scoring an early goal. They went close when Connor Healey struck a fantastic effort which looked destined to the top corner, but South Liverpool goalkeeper Ashley Kelly dived to tip the ball away to safety.

They also went close to reducing the deficit through Jordan Stevenson, but his effort flew just past the post.

Having looked like pulling themselves back into the game, they fell 3-0 behind with a South Liverpool goal which effectively ended the fixture as a contest.

Alex Walsh played in Mee who dispatched his second of the day with a neat finish.

Macmillan continued to press and hunt for a goal which may have gave them a glimmer of hope which they craved. Devine shot wide and then shortly later Bradley Coulter also failed to hit the target with his right-footed shot.

They did grab one back through Jake Young. It was a splendid effort, 25 yards from goal with no other options he smashed a volley over Kelly and into the net to make it 3-1. With less than 10 minutes remaining, the South Liverpool victory was wrapped up when Byrne got his second of the day with another well taken goal from 10 yards out making it 4-1 cementing his team's position at the top of the table.

Man of the Match CRAIG BYRNE: Superb performance from the midfield man, offered a constant threat and caused havoc for the opposition. Two goals topped off a supreme performance Code zz170313JuniorCG13 Words from the wise ...

GARY YOUNG (Macmillan assistant manager): "We are very disappointed to lose today. We didn't play to our full capabilities and we've paid the price. The opposition were strong and took their chances." MARK EYRES (South Liverpool manager): "I thought during the first half we played very well. The second half was more difficult but we battled hard and scored some vital goals."

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HELD OFF: Macmillan and South Liverpool players battle for the ball in Sunday morning's clash in the Tuebrook League Code zz170313 JuniorCG04

HEADS UP: The Macmillan goal comes under pressure as South Liverpool look to add to their lead in Sunday's game (above) Code zz170313JuniorCG03

VOLLEY GOOD: Jake Young pulls a goal back for Macmillan with a splendid 25-yard drive (left) Code zz170313JuniorCG11

ALL ACTION: South Liverpool's George Doyle player finds himself the centre of attention in Sunday's match in Clubmoor (above) while (left) Craig Byrne fires home the first of his two goals that helped his team ease to a 4-1 victory Codes zz170313JuniorCG06/07

SOUTH LIVERPOOL U16s: (back row, from left) Daniel Lamb, David Mee, Joe Preston, Ashley Kelly, George Doyle, Craig Byrne & Vita Mbolokele; (front row, from left) Jonathan Salisbury, Ian Whelan, James Craig, Matthew Read & Alex Walsh Code zz170313JuniorCG02

MACMILLAN U16s: (back row, from left) Connor Healey, Jordan Stevenson, Jack Riley, David McCaffery, Jordan McGowan, Anthony Edgerton, Jack Wilson, James Lee & Joel Woods; (front row, from left) Jake Young, Bradley Coulter, Reece Allen, Liam Kinsella & Jonjoe Devine Code zz170313JuniorCG01
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 19, 2013
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