Southport won their 12th Liverpool Senior Cup as they beat Prescot Cables on penalties on a dramatic night at a packed Volair Park.
Following a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes, Jack Lenehan missed his sudden-death spot-kick for the Cables before Devarn Green fired home to secure the title for the Sandgrounders’.
A minutes silence was impeccably observed by both sets of fans before kick-off in memory of Billy Marshall, a long time Southport volunteer, and Michael Long of the Liverpool County FA.
Following that, it was Prescot that went closest early on as Matthew Hamilton scuffed a volley into the path of a defender when completely unmarked. Striker Josh Klein-Davies then found space and sent a curling shot towards the bottom corner, only for a Joshua Tibbetts’ fingertip save to maintain the deadlock.
Cables’ Jack Lenehan then had their opening chance as he dribbled skilfully around three defenders before losing his balance after going one-on-one and hitting a tame shot right into the hands of Tibbetts.
Prescot saw their best opportunity of the night just before the half-hour mark as Klein-Davies capitalised on a Tibbetts’ mistake. A defender attempted to clear but only served to present the ball straight to Hamilton. He went for power over placement; fluffing his lines as he shot high and wide.
Dion Charles struck the post with a beautiful curling shot for Southport’s closest chance of the night.
Prescot remained dangerous on the counter-attack and they once again forced Tibbetts into action as Josef Faux struck a curling shot from 25 yards but the fingertips of the Southport stopper kept the match level going into half-time.
The first chance of the second-half came the way of Southport as Dion Charles went through one-on-one but an impressive reaction save from Taylor kept Charles’ point blank shot out.
Just minutes later, Klein-Davies showed great skill to beat Reagan Ogle down the right wing before sliding the ball dangerously across the goalmouth, but no Cables players were in support of the striker and the chance went begging.
A rare mistake from Tibbetts then almost gifted Prescot the lead as he dropped the ball at the feet of Klein-Davies but the goalkeeper quickly redeemed himself, recovering before it could be fired into the unguarded net.
With the clock ticking down, Cables fans were willing their team on to get a late winner and they almost did as Matthew Hamilton found himself unmarked on the back post from a cross-field ball but his vicious left footed shot only rippled the side netting.
With 90 minutes of football unable to separate the two teams it came down to a penalty shootout to decide the winner of the 2019 Liverpool Senior Cup.
The initial five rounds of spot-kicks ended 3-3 and it fell upon the shoulders of Prescot’s Lenehan to give them the advantage in sudden death.
The midfielder could only rattle the crossbar though, leaving Southport substitute Green free to step up and fire the ball into the bottom corner to secure the title once again for Southport.