It was sweet revenge for Dock in this Cheshire Cup tie against top Ellesmere Port side Castrol Tessuti, who had beaten them in last seasons final. The game was a scrappy affair with not much goal mouth action until the 22 minute when Paul McGregor was adjudged to have used his hand to control the ball in the area, the referee never hesitated pointing to the spot and issuing a yellow card to Maca. Castrol’s number nine placed the ball past Paul Roberts in the Dock goal then took great pleasure in running down the Docks line with his finger to his mouth telling the line to be quiet (What a fool he must have felt at the end of the game).

The goal was the kick up the backside Dock needed to start to play the football we all know they can. Gary Reay scored what must be one of the quickest hat tricks ever with goals in the 24th, 25th and 26th minutes, Mike McGraa scored the first of a fine brace in the 33rd minute before Gary scored his 4th after 36 minutes.

Things started to go wrong for Dock after 44 minutes when Paul McGregor brought down a Castrol player in the box, giving away a penalty and receiving his second yellow card. The penalty was well saved by Paul Roberts, but the referees assistant signalled that he had moved off his line and the kick was re-spotted. Shaun Holmes remonstrated with the referee but was issued with a yellow card, his second. With Dock now down to 9 players Castrol scored from the spot making the half time score 5-2.

Docks 9 players were holding their own for the first 15 minutes of the second half but had no chance in the 63rd minute when a power driver shot past Robbo to make it 5-3. Castrol could smell a Liverpool style come back but Dock’s Mike McGraa had other ideas and scored a superb free kick after 73 minutes before late substitute Chris Ballard completed the annihilation with goals in the 80th and 83rd minute. Dock will now meet Queens Park at Levers in the quarter final to be played on the 5th February 06. Final Score Dock 8 Castrol Tessuti 3