Liverpool Senior Cup Semi-Final - Rylands 1 Southport 3
Tue 12th March 2019 | County Cup Competitions | By Garry Clarke
Rylands' gallant quest to become the first Warrington based team to reach the Liverpool Senior Cup final came to an end, when they lost their semi-final tie against National League North Southport.
Playing a competitive game under the Gorsey Lane floodlights for the first time, Rylands took the game to their visitors from the off, dominating the early exchanges and it was no surprise when they took the lead in the 10th minute.
Steve Boothman delivered a free kick from the right, which found Liam Moran sliding in at the far post to propel the ball home.
Southport equalised somewhat against the run of play in the 31st minute, when Jordan Archer ran beyond the Rylands rearguard to steer the ball past goalkeeper Graeme McCall from the edge of the area.
There was very little to choose between the two teams in the first half of an encounter which kept the 245 strong crowd entertained, but in the second half the extra class which comes from playing four leagues higher than their opponents started to show, although Rylands were never overawed and kept battling away.
McCall made a brilliant point blank save to keep out an effort from Dion Charles but could not prevent Morgan Homson-Smith from firing home a free kick in the 72nd minute to give the away side the lead,
Archer increased his side's lead in the 85th minute when he again ran onto a long ball played over the top of the Rylands defence to shoot home from the edge of the area.
With four minutes left Rylands were thrown a lifeline when Southport goalkeeper Josh Tibbets brought down Wellstead to concede a penalty. Tibbets redeemed himself by saving Boothman’s spot kick with his legs.