Playoff Final: NWCFL

This is it.

The entire season’s promotion hopes comes down to a single game for these two clubs.

A match that will determine who will be promoted to the North West Counties Football League Premier Division.

Two Merseyside teams will be battling it out for that right – Litherland REMYCA and City of Liverpool.

With non-league football on Merseyside booming, because of teams like Bootle FC, AFC Liverpool, Marine and, of course, these two, its sure to be a slobberknocker.

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Last time out in the Semi Final, Phil Stafford’s men edged past Sandbach United by a goal to nil thanks to an Alex Ryan penalty.

Although they could have had three, following Ryan’s strike off the post and Stephen Ferrigan having a goal ruled out for offside.

They were forced to work for their victory, after Sandbach bombarded the REMY goal in the final half hour.

Stafford’s men denied them space well, forcing them into long balls and strikes on goal, which keeper David Potter dealt with superbly.

City of Liverpool

Simon Burton’s men defeated Whitchurch Alport by the same scoreline in their Semi Final last saturday.COLFC Badge.png

Michael Roberts grabbed the only goal of the game, which was followed by John Connolly missing a penalty – a chance to double their lead and ease the nerves.

Stephen Longrigg was in fine form to protect the deadlock early on, in particular denying Kevin Street’s effort giving Alport the advantage.

Previous Meetings

These two sides have already met three times this season in league and cup competitions.

The first meeting on 11th September 2016 in the FA Vase First Qualifying Round was the first ever meeting of the two sides, which REMYCA won 2-1.

The sides won a league game each in their campaigns, with the games finishing 3-2 and 4-2 respectively.

Interestingly, no side has won this game when they were the home team.

On Paper

Identical league game win ratio’s of 64.29% pretty much sums up how tight this game will be.

With both having finished so close in the table and picking up a league victory over each other, there’s not an awful lot to seperate them.

City of Liverpool’s progression to two finals, one of which they have already won, could give them a mental advantage going into the match.

REMYCA did reach the Semi Final of the LCFA Senior Cup, beating Everton on the way, showing their big match credentials.

Predicition

If it’s anything like last week’s Semi Finals, it’s going to be a tight, nervous yet heart-pounding game.

It’s virtually impossible to call who will be victorious.

My opinion is it will probably end up being won by a single goal either way.

Regardless, it’s going to be a nailbiting affair that is not to be missed!

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