Home cup match played on 06 September 2015.
Kicked off at 11:00 AM

Cup action today and the Dell faced South Rangers Athletic a team a league above ourselves at the Oval, Manager Matthew Easterbrook ringed the changes and gave lads the opportunity to earn a place in the side. A hectic time prior to kick off (And probably a hectic morning looking at some of the lads hairdos) was due to photo shoots and Matthew Easterbrook fixing his hair for the photo?????WTF… results of that will be on this website asap.

Things didn’t start too well sloppy in possession wasteful balls being played and lack of simple organisation resulted in mild chaos from the dell this could possibly be due to the fact we had a host of players playing together for the first time, South Rangers seemed to know where to hurt us and continued long balls caught us off guard time and again.

Their front 4 were probing and causing headaches for us while not really testing Jason McGlaughlin in goal, Captain Paul Stewart and Sam Yates had to be on their toes in this time and to be fair if they wasn’t we could of found ourselves a goal down.

A few strange calls from the referee didn’t help our concentration either.

Lack of communication was apparent when Sam Yates brought the ball out of defence only to be greeted with no options and duly lost the ball giving South Rangers another chance.

We still caused problems ourselves in this period of time, Kieran Hamm and Michael Neish had snatched at efforts after good work from Kevin Machin and Dave Leslie who slotted in superbly on his debut for the club playing some wonderful football.

Michael Neish protected the ball superbly and turned his marker, the ball set up invitingly and Neishy fired it at goal, unfortunately the ball is still currently sat in a birds nest at the top of the tree behind the goal!! An Eli Thompson free kick seconds later almost knocked it back down!!

We slowly started to settle down Danny Croker at right back started to do the simple things and after a few mistakes at the start he started to gain confidence, Linking up with the superb Kevin Machin, Machin rode forward and played a simple yet effective ball inside to Danny Curran who played a perfect through ball to Kieran Hamm who fired in low across goal past the helpless keeper to bring a sigh of relief to the line and his team mates 1-0, a great finish from Hamm moments after missing another opportunity when presented by a good cross from Tom Briggs.

We now seemed to click and started playing some good stuff from Paul Stewart and Sam Yates at the back to Dave Leslie, Danny Curran and Kevin Machin……….. simple yet effective football creates space to exploit!

After a game of pinball in the box Danny Curran got a shot away and the keeper could only watch as it hit the back of the net 2-0.

HALF TIME

We strode out for the second in a much stronger manner, straight from the off we played the simple stuff and looked to get more on the score sheet.

After 10 mins of controlling but not really doing much with it The Gaffa rung the changes off came Tom Briggs, Dave Leslie and Kieran Hamm for Philly Lennon, Adam Coulls and Liam Rose. The changes seemed to have an effect as we pressed higher up the pitch and started to create more opportunities, Lennon, Coulls and Rose all presented with chances which went begging.

A corner was won as a result of one of our chances and Danny Curran fired into the near post, a defender tried to clear the awkward ball but it just hit his mid rift and the pouncing Michael Neish finished with a great finish to cap off a hardworking display from the big man 3-0.

Stewart and Yates still had to be on their toes as a few long balls continued to cause us problems and one which found its way through had Jason McGlaughlin pouncing off his line to keep the clean sheet we wanted. Moments later The Gaffa made the last 2 changes which resulted in us changing our system, The impressive Kevin Machin and Eli Thompson both came off replacing them Matthew Easterbrook and Shaun Briggs.

Adam Coulls linked up well with Philly Lennon playing a stunning ball down the right Philly turned inside his marker and played it back to Danny Curran who slid it thru to Liam Rose who after turning his man looked certain to maintain his scoring spree but miscued his effort wide.

It took the sting out a bit the change is system and resulted in a few mistakes but once we settled we dominated to the very last second of the match. Matthew Easterbrook came on to shore up the middle and allow Coullsy space to probe which is what happened and to his credit Shaun Briggs came on and worked hard down the left.

There wasn’t really one bad tackle in the game a few mistimed from the opposition maybe but probably chomping at the bit to get involved The Gaffa left his mark on one South Rangers player with a hefty challenge resulting in a free kick

Some lovely quick flowing football from Yates, Easterbrook, Coulls and Curran resulted in Curran being released into space thru the middle and he rode forward playing a delightful ball over the top of their defence which Liam Rose met beautifully and fired a first time cross across the goal and the onrushing Philly Lennon fired it into the net for a great team goal 4-0.

And that’s how it finished, sloppy at times but a win is a win and against a team a league above and with changes made all in all it was a great result….The Dell march on.

The Gaffa gave M.O.M to Danny Curran, an impressive full debut for the 17 year old a goal, an assist and a hand in the other 2, himself and a few others will have given the management a big headache for the next game.

Featured Match Reports

  • Birch seal historic double!!

    The Birch Tree FC v PSV

    03 May 2018
    Presidents Cup
  • Birch tree seal first cup final win !!

    The Birch Tree FC v Nelson

    27 April 2018
    Wirral Amateur Cup
  • Birch Tree march into Semi's with convincing victory!

    The Birch Tree FC v Shafts Youth

    03 December 2017
    Wirral Amateur Cup
  • Birch tree advance in Cup

    The Birch Tree FC v Willows FC

    12 November 2017
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • Birch tree march on in cup!

    The Birch Tree FC v Poulton Vics Youth

    15 October 2017
    Tony Houlihan Memorial Challenge Cup - Rnd 2
  • Birch Tree get back to winning ways

    The Birch Tree FC v Bushalls

    20 August 2017
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • The Dell run riot against title rivals Shafts Youth!!

    The Dell FC v Shafts Youth

    19 March 2017
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • Match Report - BOGANS CARPETS FC - 12 Feb 2017

    The Dell FC v BOGANS CARPETS FC

    12 February 2017
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • Stalemate in top of the table clash!!

    The Dell FC v Shafts Youth

    29 January 2017
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • Dell grab a vital 3 points in the quest for the Title!!

    The Dell FC v Telegraph FC

    15 January 2017
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • Heartbreaking Last minute goal knocks out the Dell!!!

    The Dell FC v PSV

    08 January 2017
    DAVID TACY
  • THE DELL LOSE THEIR HEADS IN CUP SHOCKER

    The Dell FC v Western Vics

    04 December 2016
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • Dell goes wild after deadly double from Leslie!!

    The Dell FC v Port Sunlight

    27 November 2016
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • superb performance brings 3 vital points

    The Dell FC v Ellesmere Port FC

    13 November 2016
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • Dell smash 6 past Upton FC

    The Dell FC v Upton FC

    06 November 2016
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • The Dell sail thru to round 2!!

    The Dell FC v Cemex FC

    30 October 2016
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • The dell scrape through on penalties!!

    The Dell FC v New Ferry Rangers

    09 October 2016
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • Dell win at the death !!!

    The Dell FC v New Ferry Rangers

    02 October 2016
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • The Dell send out a title warning to rivals with emphatic victory!!

    The Dell FC v Madisons

    18 September 2016
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • easy like sunday mornings!!!

    The Dell FC v Gravity FC

    11 September 2016
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • The dell leave Gravity stuck to the ground!!

    The Dell FC v Gravity FC

    30 August 2016
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • 4 out of 4 for the mighty Dell

    The Dell FC v Ellesmere Port FC

    23 August 2016
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • Stu Hardman smashes 4 as the Dell go goal crazy against Exchange Fc!

    The Dell FC v Exchange FC

    21 August 2016
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • The Dell put on an impressive show against the Vaults!!

    The Dell FC v FC Vaults

    16 August 2016
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • A winning start in season opener for the mighty Dell!!

    The Dell FC v Farmers Arms FC

    14 August 2016
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • The Dell blow away colts

    The Dell FC v Vicoria Colts

    17 April 2016
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • Dell crash out of cup with dissapointing defeat!

    The Dell FC v The Groves

    14 April 2016
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • Neishy and Phillips combine to put Woodcurch to the sword

    The Dell FC v Woodchurch Rovers

    05 April 2016
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • The Dell knock out the Farmers!!

    The Dell FC v Farmers Arms FC

    03 April 2016
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • The Dell grind out a win!

    The Dell FC v Victoria Colts

    31 March 2016
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • The Dell dump the Cat out the cup!!

    The Dell FC v The Cat FC

    27 March 2016
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • The Mighty Dell reach their second final with superb win!!

    The Dell FC v MSC Eastham

    20 March 2016
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • The dell advance to the semi's

    The Dell FC v Bronze FC

    13 March 2016
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • Dell march into round 3 with win against Woodchurch!

    The Dell FC v Woodchurch Rovers

    06 March 2016
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • The Dell march into the Wirral Junior Cup Final!

    The Dell FC v AFC Liverpool

    21 February 2016
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • The Dell progress to Semi Final with a win against Grove FC !

    The Dell FC v Grove FC

    06 December 2015
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • The dell get back to winning ways with vintage performance!

    The Dell FC v Wester Victoria B

    08 November 2015
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • The Dell collapse like a pack of cards!!

    The Dell FC v Port Sunlight

    25 October 2015
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • The Dell put in a Silver performance against FC Bronze!

    The Dell FC v FC Bronze

    11 October 2015
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • The Dell win again!

    The Dell FC v MSC Eastham

    20 September 2015
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • Blown away in 30 minutes!!

    The Dell FC v Woodchurch Rovers

    13 September 2015
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • The Dell march on in Cup Win!

    The Dell FC v South Rangers Athletic

    06 September 2015
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4
  • The Dell run riot!!

    The Dell FC v MSC Eastham

    23 August 2015
    Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Division 2 Houlihan's Birkenhead Sunday Football League Divison 4

Are you looking for something ? Search the TeamStats directory...

Team management made easy

Football team organiser? TeamStats is the ultimate football coach app, providing powerful all-in-one software to grassroots football teams around the world.

Learn more
Used around the world by clubs and teams from:
  • The FA Logo - English Football Association
  • Northern Ireland FA Logo
  • Scottish FA logo
  • United States Soccer Logo
  • Welsh FA Logo
  • Eire Football Association Logo
  • Czech Republic Football Association Logo
  • Singapore Football Association Logo
  • Australia FFA logo - Football Federation Australia