May was the final month of the IFA 2022/2023 League season and it was a busy schedule with teams at the top of the league aiming to accumulate as many points as possible in a bid to end the season as league champions. This roundup will also reveal who will contest the 2022/23 IFA British Cup Final, as both Semi-Finals took place in May.
Three games took place on the first Saturday of May with one game in the IFA English League and two in the IFA Scottish League. Preston North End Supporters travelled to Manchester United Supporters in the IFA English League and it was the away side who came out on top, winning 4-2. Despite a brace from Manchester United’s Calum Beckett, it was Preston who left with the three points after a double from Ollie and individual goals from Chris Chambers and Jack.
In the IFA Scottish League, Fir Park Corner ran out 7-1 winners at Stirling Albino after a hat-trick from Craig Keatings, a brace from John Wright and a goal each from David Grier and Jack Wedlock. Lewis Park scored a consolation for the hosts.
It was a special day in Glasgow as Glasgow Piraten halted their previous run of 37 league games played, 37 league games lost, by beating Hibernifan 2-0! Goals from Niall McCamley and Calum Johnson secured the win for the hosts, who are a credit to the league. Congratulations from everyone at the IFA!
It was a Bank Holiday Monday, but it didn’t stop Manchester United Supporters and Fir Park Corner from getting another game in after playing just two days prior.
In the IFA English League, Manchester United Supporters hosted Burton Albion SFC and ran out 5-0 winners after a five star performance. Nick Edge and Si Evans got a goal each and Tez Armstrong scored a hat-trick.
In the IFA Scottish League, Fir Park Corner were back in action two days after their 7-1 away win at Stirling Albino. They hosted Internazioswally but couldn’t manage to get a second win in three days, as the away side won 3-0, thanks to goals from Nathen Liddle, Sam Proctor and Ryan Ferguson.
Manchester United Supporters were in action yet again, in the IFA English League, as they travelled to AFC Halifax who were playing a return fixture after already playing Manchester United Supporters earlier this season. Despite both father (Steven Warburton Senior) and son (Steven Warburton Junior) scoring a goal each for AFC Halifax, it was the away side who were the victors. A goal each from Karl Davies and Brian Gilmour and a hat-trick from Tez Armstrong meant that the visitors won 5-2.
In one of the three IFA Scottish League games, FC Livingston GS hosted Fir Park Corner in an entertaining 3-3 score draw. Ross Young, Michael Dosser and Joni Agini scored a goal each for the hosts, whilst Deane Brown, Frazzle and Lewis Ferrie were on the scoresheet for Fir Park Corner.
KaisAyr picked up a vital three points after hosting and beating Real Maroon 4-1, thanks to individual goals from Marc McKinnon, Jordan Barclay, Graeme Warnock and Daniel Bryson. David Newman was on the scoresheet for Real Maroon.
The penultimate weekend of May and the 2022/23 IFA League season was an incredibly day in Scotland with three games in the IFA Scottish League, plus a repeat of last season’s IFA British Cup Final with Fir Park Corner hosting Preston North End SFC in the first of two IFA British Cup Semi-Finals.
Fir Park Corner and Preston North End SFC gave everything to get into the IFA British Cup Final and it was a tightly contested game, with the game finishing 2-2 in normal time. John Wright and Scott Lewis were on the scoresheet for the hosts, however Chris Chambers and Ian McGrail both got a goal each to ensure that the tie was to be decided by a penalty shootout. It’s always a cruel way to lose a game, however the IFA British Cup holders, Fir Park Corner, fell just short with Preston North End SFC winning the penalty shootout to advance to the IFA British Cup Final and gain revenge after last season’s Final.
The other two IFA British Cup Semi-Finalists, FC Livingston GS and Alloa Athletic SFC, were in IFA Scottish League action with FC Livingston GS travelling to Queen’s Park SFC and Alloa Atheltic SFC visiting Real Maroon. Queen’s Park SFC won the game 6-1, thanks to doubles from Kieran Friel, Dylan Roberts and Michael Barker. Connor Lynch scored a consolation for Livingston GS. Semi-Final preparation was better for Alloa Athletic SFC, who left Edinburgh victorius after a 1-0 at Real Maroon, after a goal from Joe McFarlane.
Hibernifan hosted the IFA Scottish League leaders, KaisAyr, who were aiming to strengthen their grip on the top spot. Despite a goal from their top scorer, Marc McKinnon, it was the hosts who ran out 2-1 winners, thanks to goals from Blair Campbell and Jacen Young.
The second IFA British Cup Semi-Final took place with FC Livingston GS hosting Alloa Athletic SFC in an all-Scottish tie. John Alexander scored for the hosts, whereas Jordan McNabney got a goal for the visitors. This meant that, in a similar fashion to the first Semi-Final, neither team could be separated in normal time after a 1-1 stalemate. The one remaining spot in the IFA British Cup Final was to be decided by a penality shootout and it was the hosts who prevailed. Livingston GS will now go on to play Preston North End SFC in the 2022/23 IFA British Cup Final.
In the IFA Scottish League, Queen’s Park SFC hosted Internazioswally. The visitors ran out 6-1 winners at Queen’s Park SFC after a Nathen Liddle brace, plus goals from Alex Cummings, Gregg McPake, Fraser Fernie and an own goal. Dylan Roberts scored a consolation for the hosts.
Elsewhere in the IFA Scottish League, KaisAyr travelled to Stirling Albino and won the game 4-1 thanks to a goal each from Stephen Simpson and Calum Roseblade and a brace from the league’s top scorer, Marc McKinnon. Lewis Hilson was on the scoresheet for the hosts. After the game, KaisAyr were confirmed IFA British League winners with 43 points from 17 games. They are also the 2022/23 IFA Scottish League winners and lifted the trophy for the sixth time. Congratulations to KaisAyr!
In the English League, Preston North End SFC were preparing for their IFA British Cup Final by hosting Manchester United Supporters. Despite a brace from Jack and a goal from Ollie of Preston North End SFC, it was the visitors who emerged victorius, winning 6-3 thanks to braces from Calum Beckett and Rob Flynn, plus individual goals from Paul Barnes and Si Evans.
After the game, Manchester United Supporters celebrated winning the 2022/23 IFA English League at Old Trafford. MUSFC won 10 of their 13 games to take the title from the 2021/22 winners, Rochdale SFC, who finished second this season.
Congratulations to the Manchester United Supporters!