Semi Final Spring Cup
By Phil Curran
Great win for Rainford Rangers Real U11s
Great game of football as Real came through this competitive fixture against a strong Litherland side. Real started superbly as they went 1nil up after a smart move and great finish by George Brewer. Within 5 minutes Real made it 2 nil as Phil Murphy rose highest from a corner to head home. The game then settled for a while before George again stepped up to make it 3 nil as he finished past the keeper. At this point Real where relentless and despite playing against a strong wind created numerous chances to extend their lead.
Just before half time Litherland where awarded a free kick just outside the box. A smartly taken free kick went in off the bar despite the efforts of Will Curran in goal who got a hand to it but just couldn't keep it out. Half time ended with Real 3 1 up.
The second half was end to end stuff as both teams looked to attack with chances going a begging at both ends. Will made some vital interceptions in goal and punched three or four corners away from danger to keep Litherland at bay until the final 5 mins when Litherland got their second. Real had a few chances to kill the game off with a fourth but didn't take their chances and so the last few minutes where a bit fraught. In the end Real came out 3 2 winners to make the Spring Cup final. Very proud of all the boys and chuffed to bits they got their reward for all their efforts this season.