YOUTH | Six Of The Best!

YOUTH | Six Of The Best!

Southport U18s booked their place in the Lancashire FA Youth Cup in style on Sunday, scoring six to ease past Billinge Juniors at the Merseyrail Community Stadium.

Ellis O’Keefe was the star of the show, scoring a hat-trick as the young Port won in hugely impressive fashion, setting up a final against either AFC Fylde or BAE Warton in March.

O’Keefe got the scoring underway with a dipping finish before Rustam Stepans scored the first of his two goals to give Southport a comfortable lead at the interval.

The young Port reinforced their authority after the break, O’Keefe finding the net again after a terrific turn and shot before setting up Stepans to score with an eye-catching finish from the narrowest of angles.

Charlie Allen diverted the ball in after an initial effort from Dan McCreith for Southport’s fifth before O’Keefe capped an excellent individual performance, claiming his hat-trick with a curling shot from just inside the area.

The quality of the football from the Port was outstanding and winning margin could have been greater with other chances, including a first-half free-kick from Stepans which clipped the top of the crossbar.

A big well done to Dave Brooks’ team on a fantastic performance and result. Details of the final, to be played at the Lancashire FA County Ground, Leyland, will be confirmed shortly.

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