second half brace from Harry Cain helped to secure holders Prescot Cables a place in the Liverpool Senior Cup Final at Marine on Thursday 26th April.
With both clubs aiming for promotion in their respective divisions, their managers understandably made a number of changes to the starting line-ups who had competed in league fixtures just 48 hours earlier with a number of younger players from either side getting a rare run out. The fixture also witnessed experienced Cables midfielder Aaron Turner making his first appearance for some seven months after a long injury lay-off.
The first half was a cagey affair, Fishwick going close with an early header from a corner, and it was Fishwick once more who was instrumental in the lead up to Cables taking the lead. The midfielder was pulled down as he burst into the box, Dan Burns sending Remy keeper Wilson the wrong way from the spot. The 38th minute penalty was the only goal of a first half of few chances.
The second half commenced in similar fashion to the first, Cables enjoying good possession without creating a great deal, meanwhile Burgess at the other end remained untroubled. The introduction of Klein-Davies from the bench midway through the second half was pivotal, although it was Cain who doubled the lead, drilling in hard and low from the left corner of the box across the face of the ‘keeper.
Ten minutes from time it was Cain again who put the game to bed, finishing from close range after Wilson had denied Klein-Davies. One of Prescot’s outstanding young players, Dominic Murphy completed the scoring in the final minute, carrying the ball out of defence and continuing a lung bursting run into the box to collect a through ball and finish coolly. It was Murphy’s second goal in this season’s competition in what was his first start for the club, along with U18s teammate Matthew Kewn who also earned his first start and showed up well at left full back. Murphy’s assured performance was enough to earn him the Man of the Match award from the Cables supporters.