IMG_7327Dock avenged the recent reverse in the league fixture with Lairds, and in doing so, marched into the Memorial Challenge cup semi-final with an emphatic victory at Bebington Oval last Sunday. All fourteen players used gave excellent displays, but Ian McGraa (pictured left) took the greatest plaudits with his four goal haul and Man of the Match performance.

Dock started as brightly as the early spring sunshine and took the lead on five minutes, when a deep cross shot from Ian McGraa eluded the Lairds ‘keeper and flew into the top corner of the net.

In the tenth minute, Jamie Kenyon shot narrowly wide as Dock continued to press, after good work from Tom Charters.

Ian McGraa then added a second directly from a twenty yard free-kick, after Mark Head was upended by a Lairds defender after a good turn and run.

Dock continued to create chances, the most notable falling to Tom Wingfield with a sliced shot and from Ian McGraa, with a header from a Luke Hughes cross.

Lairds rallied and on thirty five minutes, Martyn Stevenson produced a fine point blank save to keep Lairds at bay. From the resultant break away, Dock almost snatched a third through Mark Head, who shot just over.

Ian McGraa soon completed a first half hat-trick just on half time after a swift counter attack by Dock, which came from a Lairds free kick which was well defended by Paul Byrne.

HT: Lairds S & S 0-3 Dock.

The expected Lairds response never materialized and Dock through the impressive McGraa added a fourth on fifty two minutes. Colin O’Hanlon won a 50-50 ball in midfield with a thunderous tackle, and after the ball was slotted into the path of Ian McGraa, he slotted home coolly to extend the lead.

Shortly afterwards, the impressive Sean Crotty was substituted by Ian Irvine, due to a leg injury.

On sixty five minutes, McGraa then turned provider for Jon Clampitt to finish off an excellent Dock move with a well placed header to make it five.

Tom Wingfield
again went close on seventy two minutes and McGraa again almost set up another for substitute Jack Warburton, whose fierce low shot was well saved on seventy six minutes.

Dock continued to have the majority of possession and on eighty seven minutes, Luke Hughes capped a fine midfield display with a well taken goal to complete the scoring.

After this thoroughly deserved victory, Dock will now go on to meet Woodchurch in the semi-final on April 20th.

FT: Lairds S & S 0-6 Dock.

Dock. 3-5-2 (with substitues in brackets).
Stevenson, Byrne (Warburton), Crotty (Irvine), O’Hanlon (Craven), Wingfield, Clampitt, Charters, Hughes, Head, Kenyon, I. McGraa.

Report: Peter Warburton