Historic Night For REMYCA

On Wednesday 8th March 2017, one of the biggest upsets in world football occurred.

Nobody gave them a chance, but against all odds, they progressed to the next round in the competition.

I forgive you for thinking I am talking about Barcelona’s sensational comeback against Paris Saint Germain in the UEFA Champions League.

No disrespect to Barca, but that’s not what I consider the biggest football event of that particular night.

I am, in fact, talking about Everton being beaten in the LCFA Senior Cup Quarter Final.

The defending, reigning, most successful club in Senior Cup history – defeated by a club in only their third season in Step 6 of the football pyramid.

Litherland REMYCA Football Club.

You could consider them minnows, but if you witnessed the clash of these two sides, you likely think of them as giants now.

Everton named a strong side with many of their usual suspects from the U23’s named in the starting eleven.

The REMYCA backroom staff were huddled around the team sheet like it was a camp fire, manager Phil Stafford holding it in his hands like the Senior Cup trophy itself, showing it off to all around him.

There was a hint of surprise, but never a feeling of doom.

Stafford sent his men out with a game plan, one of compact defending and counter attacking football, which they would go to on to perfectly execute.

It was difficult early on, with Everton in full control and favouring the right-hand side of the pitch for their attacks.

The duo of James Yates and Daniel Bramhall seen plenty of the ball, but Chris Lowe at left back stopped so many of their advances, Donald Trump has enquired about putting him on the Mexican border.

With their backs to the wall and completely against the run of play, it happened.

A free kick whipped in by Colin Quirk was cleared to the edge of the box. It was sent back into the area and bounced around like a pinball before Sam Wilkie nodded home.

As chairman of the club Don Rimmer stated on B Live Sports Radio at half time, “Litherland REMYCA have scored a goal against Everton”.

Seconds prior to the half time whistle, Sean Lake made a superb save to prevent a goal for Everton captain Morgan Feeney, who had met a corner at the near post with his right foot.

Crucially, little Litherland REMYCA held a 1-0 lead going into the break.

The second half saw a few tactical changes take place, namely Yates being put at left back for Everton which disrupted the partnership he had on the right-hand side with Bramhall.

The REMY, led by skipper Colin McDonald, who was playing through the pain of a cracked jaw, and Stephen King who won SEPltd’s Man of the Match award, looked unbeatable.

Everton pushed forward and tested the resolve of Stafford’s charges, but they held firm and even had chances on the counter attack.

With seconds left in the game, you could see the anxiety rising on the REMYCA bench.

And then the whistle blew.

414 people witnessed Litherland REMYCA beat Premier League Everton in the LCFA Senior Cup.

A small, community club established in 1959 by Billy and Kenny Edwards, the latter being there to see it for himself, had just defeated a multi-billion-pound professional football club with top level athletes.

You’d expect euphoria, but there was no huge celebration.

They may have felt it inside, but none of them showed it.

Instead, as Phil himself told us in his post-match interview, the focus was firmly on Charnock Richard on Saturday.

Looking ahead to the next league game after easily the most historic victory in the club’s biggest game with a new record attendance just shows the professionalism and class of the club.

Well done Litherland REMYCA, you done your community proud.

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