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United crash out of the FA Cup

Photo Credit: Neville Berkley
Photo Credit: Neville Berkley

Skelmersdale United 1-3 Prescot Cables

Skelmersdale United’s FA Cup dream is over for another year as they were comprehensively beaten by neighbours Prescot Cables, who dominated in every department.

After just 10 minutes Jack Hont cleared of the line from Kyle Sambor after a scramble in the goal mouth, it was a warning that was not heeded by the United defence as minutes later the lively forward again found space this time making sure from close range to put Cables 1 up. Andy Coughlan came to Skem’s rescue on the half hour as again Cables had the home side on the backfoot.

United did get some respite and had their best moments of the game, youngster Jamie Nicholson turning to beat his marker unleashed a terrific effort from 25 yards that brought the best out of Harvey Passant in the visitor’s goal, the resulting corner saw Joe Herbert head over and Jordan Southworth stung the keeper’s hands but Paul McNally’s men couldn’t find a breakthrough.

The pressure was short lived as a long raking ball on 40 minutes found the Cables No 9 John Murphy with plenty to do, the big striker ran head down for goal, his driven shot left Coughlan with no chance, it got worse on half time, a well worked free kick straight out of the training ground left everyone flatfooted apart from Murphy who struck home for the Cables 3rd and killer goal.

Cables again had the better of the earlier exchanges as Skem struggled to get anything like a grip on the game, Sambor nearly made it 4 as his cross goal dipping effort just missed the post with Coughlin rooted to the spot, no one could get on to the end of James Foley’s shot cum cross that evaded everyone and the far post.

With 15 minutes remaining there was a brief spark for United, Joe and Josh Nicholson combining well with the latter unable to trouble the keeper and after Darren Brannigan had dispossessed Gofton to set up Elliott Morris with the young blues striker showing calm to neatly finish to give Skem a hint at a lifeline. With 5 minutes remaining Joe Nicholson’s thunderous effort went way over, it would have been an interesting few minutes if it had found the back of the net.

As it was, it was Cables who finished with the better chances, Coughlin was again brought into action with a double save from Sambor and the final action of the game saw former Skem favourite Will Dunne in acres of space only to see his clipped shot go wide of the mark.

It was a game Manager Paul McNally will want to forget “I know we had key players in all areas missing today but the side we put out was still capable of getting something out of the game, we were well beaten by a good Cables side and good luck to them in the next round”.

Skem Utd – Coughlin, Wilson, Griffiths, Herbert, Hont, Strickland, Morris, Joe Nicholson, Southworth, Clair, Jamie Nicholson. Subs: Djalo, Brannigan, Josh Nicholson (not used Preston, Barnes)

Prescot Cables – Passant, Cannon-Noren, M Divine, J Devine, Gofton, Williams, Hammill, Foley, Murphy, Goodwin, Sambor. Subs: Pritchard, Nugent, Dunne, Glennon.

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