Cup exit after poor second-half display

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Manchester FA Premier Cup Quarter-Final: Irlam 2, New Mills AFC 1

New Mills disappointingly exited the Manchester FA Premier Cup at the quarter-final stage following defeat at Irlam last week.

The Millers were fairly dominant against the North West Counties League side in the opening 45 minutes and but for two or three decent saves from Jamie Brewer would have led by more than a single goal at the interval.

That strike came in the 32nd minute courtesy of young striker Ross Needham, who capped a lively first-half performance with a confident finish into Brewer’s bottom corner.

As good as New Mills were in the first half, they sadly were completely the opposite after the break as they produced arguably their poorest 45 minutes of the season so far.

Goalkeeper James Coates’ first significant touch of the game was to pick the ball out of his net following Liam Duffy’s equaliser from close range in the 48th minute.

Irlam, who were a workmanlike and efficient unit, wrestled the midfield advantage from The Millers and scored what proved to be the winner midway through the second half.

New Mills sloppily gave possession away from a throw-in around the halfway line and never recovered from that poor piece of play as Steven Mills was the ultimate beneficiary from a right-wing cross.

New Mills: Coates, Edridge (Gale), Pickering, Bowler, Barras, Field, Meakin, Innes, Stott, Needham, Horrocks. Unused sub: Taylor.