There was to be no giant-killing on Tuesday night at Haig Avenue as Prescot Cables were comfortably beaten by Southport in a repeat of last season’s Liverpool Senior Cup Final.
Last season’s finale at Hope Street saw Cables push their National League North opponents all the way to penalties in front of more than 1,200 spectators. The merits of the decision by the Liverpool County FA to ask the current holders and the club which has reached four consecutive Senior Cup Finals to play in the First Round while other sides get a bye can be debated elsewhere.
What is indisputable is that Cables were comfortably swept aside by their hosts, Southport, in front of just 184 fans.
Lloyd Dean and George Hassall both had chances to score for the visitors while James Edgar headed narrowly wide in Cables’ best move of the game.
In truth, the home side rarely looked in trouble and but for the heroic efforts of Ollie Taylor, could have been out of sight by the time they took the lead when Zehn Mohammed fired in from close range shortly before half time.
The second half saw Cables enjoy some good spells of possession but their young side seemed to tire badly after the hour mark and went 2-0 down when a mistake from Reece McNally allowed Devarn Green to pinch the ball off the full-back and finish neatly past Taylor.
A two-goal lead became three on 65 minutes after when Cables failed to clear a corner from the left and Andy Parry nudged the ball under the wall of bodies and into the Cables net.
Cables XI: Taylor, Avon, McNally, McCulloch Cooper (Rodrigo 69) Gregory, Hassall, Hamilton (Breen 79), Awe (Jackson 69), Dean, Edgar.
Man of the Match: Ollie Taylor