015Dock crashed out of the Veronica Conway Cup with a whimper at the semi-final stage, losing 2.0 to a deserving Bidston.

The warning signs were evident as early as the 30 second mark when a Bidston forward really should of scored when he shot past the post unopposed. Jamie Kenyon was nearly through just after this but the defender got back to clear and just on 10 minutes, a long ball from the Dock defence was flicked on, firstly by Josh Dures and then Gary Reay to the on running Mark Head who was, for a brief second, in on goal but he delayed his shot and was tackled and the ball ran for a corner.

Undeterred, Bidston put a good move together and as the ball was pulled back, Gully saw his shot crash off the underside of the Dock bar. Seconds later, the Bidston keeper had to be alert to save at Kenyon’s feet and after 20 mins Mick Saunders found the head of Kenyon who’s looping header hit the top of the bar, another cross found Brunty’s Heed (not hard) but his knock down into the six yard box was not capitalised on.

Bidston had a goal disallowed on the 25 minute mark for offside and at this stage of the game the ball was a bouncing bomb on the firm pitch with half chances at both ends and towards half time a Bidston corner was half cleared by Dock to a Bidston player who’s resulting shot was superbly tipped onto the bar and away to safety by ‘The Goose’. A great save at a crucial time. At the break nil – nil it was.

Shaun Byrne invited me for a cup of tea at half time and as we passed Tim ‘nice but dim’ the thought crossed our mind to ‘get him on a form’ such was the lack of energy and desire from the Dock particularly as it was a semi-final and against opponents that you knew what you would get .

As I returned to the game (50/55mins) Brunty had already been hauled off and replaced by Craig Donaghy. This was closely followed by skipper, Gary Reay. He was replaced by Iggy McGraa and he was called into action as Kenyon was brought down on the edge of the area to earn a free kick. Iggy took the free kick and the less said the better.

Goose was in the action on 70 minutes as he got a hand on a shot from 10 yards out that wrong footed him but he reacted sharply to save. 10 minutes later he was at it again as a flicked on header was heading towards the corner of the net until he got down smartly to turn round the post.

10 minutes remained as Bidston attacked down our right and as the ball was crossed, it ended up coming right through to be put in at the far post by Gully. The same player could of made it 2.0 a minute later but he shot wide.

Dock finally had a go in the last 5 minutes as a Head shot was destined for the top corner but took a deflection on the way to take it for a corner kick. From that corner the Bidston keeper punched the ball right of Josh Dures’s head just as he was set to equalise. As the game fizzled out Gully was set free from a through ball and he settled the match when he slotted past the Goose to make the final score 2.0.

A disappointing day at the office for the Dock when to many players did not perform to anything like their potential. The only consolation on the day was that results in the league went our way and we reconvene on Thursday, in the park, against The Brow for a massive league game. Forget this defeat, it’s gone and we cannot do anymore about it. League action Thursday and another semi-final on Sunday. It’s all to play for.

M.o.M. It has to be Paul Davis for a couple of good saves particularly the one just before the break.


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