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OWN GOAL AGONY FOR SHEPHERDS ARMS

  • 19/01/20
  • By Sal Habib
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SHEPHERDS ARMS SUFFERED A HEART-BREAK GOING DOWN 2-1 AT THE HANDS OF DOCKS FC FROM BIRKENHEAD SUNDAY LEAGUE FOOTBLL LEAGUE TO REACH THE QUARTER-FINAL OF THE NATIONAL CUP.

Shepherds Arms FC, who play in the Premiership One of the Wakefield & District Sunday Football League, MADE history but bowed out of the the National Knockout Competition for Sunday League teams.

Docks FC lead 1-0 at half-time with a goal from striker Stephen Owen. The Shepherds Arms came out strongly in the second-half and deservedly hauled themselves level with the equalising goal from attacking midfielder Miles Emmett.

With the match nicely poised at 1-1 in front of a large crowd at the Liversidge FC ground, a free-kick from the right caused havoc at the far-post, ending with a home defender turning the ball into his own net under pressure in the 67th minute.

The Shepherds Arms failed to raise their game against a feisty Dock FC who drew on their experience in not allowing any flow to the game which saw no more that a total of eight yellow cards shown as the visitors carved out a battling berth into the quarter-finals of this prestigious Inter-League National Cup competition.

GENERAL INFORMATION OF THE COMPETITION BELOW:

127 teams entered this competition from the outset.

This competition is classed as the Grassroots FA Sunday Cup (The FA Inter-League National Cup) to provide an opportunity for amateurs playing at the lower levels of the game to take part in a European competition which was introduced on 20th September 2003 with the intention of finding a winning league representative to fly the flag for England in the UEFA Regions Cup.

This FA Inter-League Cup is strictly for amateur players who have never been under a written professional contract to leagues at Step 7 of the National League System and other leagues decided by the FA. Respective Districts County Sunday FA Cup winners are eligible to enter this competition and to be played at venues that are spectators friendly and facilities at a higher level.

Shepherds Arms FC became only the third side from the Wakefield & District Sunday Football League to enter this competition - the highest level of competition at amateur level nationally. The Redoubt FC and King George FC, who dominated the local football scene for almost a decade each, both fell at the first hurdle in their pursuit to taste new territory.

However, the Shepherds Arms FC raised a few eyes brows up and down the country with their progress in this national competition which saw them become the first side in the Wakefield & District Sunday Football League to go beyond the first round by reaching Round Four. The following results charts their milestone before the last 16 matches:

Sunday 20/10/19 (Round One) - Shepherds Arms beat Premier Division outfit, Bolton Woods FC (Bradford Alliance Sunday Football League) 11-2 at Liversidge FC with goals from: Joe Walton (3), Myles Emmett (2), Brandon Kane (2), Aaron Fell (2), Jake Irvine & Tom Brook.

Sunday 10/11/19 (Round Two) - Shepherds Arms beat Premier Division outfit, Kirkdale FC (Liverpool & District Sunday Football League) 4-3 at Emley FC with goals from: Joe Walton, Myles Emmett, Brandon Kane & Tom Brook.

Sunday 15/12/19 (Round Three) - Shepherds Arms travelled away to Crusaders FC (Nottinghamshire Sunday Football League) and produced a shock 8-3 victory over a side unbeated in 48 league & cup games and were holders of the Nottinghamshire County Cup and the unbeaten NSFL’s Premiership in two seasons. This game was played on the 4G pitch at Basford FC. Goal scorers in this magnificent victory were: Joe Walton (3), James Kyle (3), Tom Brooke & Rob Bloomfield.

On Sunday 19th January, Shepherds Arms faced a stiff challenge from a strong Docs FC from Birkenhead Sunday Football League. Both sides were unbeaten this season in their respective leagues prior to this encounter. However, Docks FC edged this close encounter 2-1 with their winning goal thaanks to an unfortunate own goal by a home side defender.

Round Four tie took place at Liversidge FC (Clayborn ground, Quaker Lane, Hightown Road,, Cleackheaton. WF15 8DF).

The Quarter-final draw took place on Monday 20th January 2020 available on www.TheFA.com