A late goal for Southport sealed a 1-0 victory against AFC Liverpool to see them into the Liverpool Senior Cup semi-finals.

The match was the first ever competitive game between the two sides, and Southport’s 2,500th non-league game in all competitions.

Both teams had early chances, with AFC Liverpool forward Tom Croughan heading a shot straight at Southport goalkeeper Tony McMillan in the ninth minute.

Southport v AFC Liverpool. Photo: Ellen Gwynn
Southport beat AFC Liverpool 1-0. Photo: Ellen Gwynn

Four minutes later, Southport’s Connor Woods had a shot saved by AFC Liverpool goalkeeper Jack McGovern after gliding into the box past two defenders.

In the 18th minute, Croughan found himself one-on-one with McMillan, but the Southport goalkeeper made a great save.

Southport had the better of the chances as the first half drew to a close, but the score remained 0-0.

Southport continued to create the better chances in the second half.

In the 64th minute, an Adam Anson header flashed over the bar following a Southport corner.

Eleven minutes later Southport substitute Jordan Archer found himself in on goal, however a heavy touch allowed McGovern to save.

Southport got the breakthrough they needed in the 88th minute when defender Chris Doyle headed home from a Charlie Munro corner.

The goal was enough to ensure a victory for Southport despite late pressure from AFC Liverpool.

The win sees Southport through to the semi-finals as they look to retain the Liverpool Senior Cup.

Southport v AFC Liverpool in Liverpool Senior Cup. Photo: Ellen Gwynn
Moments after Chris Doyle scored the only goal of the game. Photo: Ellen Gwynn

In the manager’s words…

Speaking after the game, Southport manager Liam Watson said: “We’re pleased we’ve got through, we’re pleased we’ve won and kept a clean sheet and we’re pleased we’re into the semi-finals.

“It doesn’t matter who you play against, winning’s a habit and losing’s a habit. And if we can keep a winning run that’s great.

“We’re dominant from set plays and we defended them really well tonight. I always thought we’d nick something from a set piece which we tend to in league fixtures.”

Southport’s next game is a trip to Buxton in the National League North.

AFC Liverpool travel to West Didsbury and Chorlton in the North West Counties Football League.