In a fitting tribute to Brian Lomax, the founder of Supporters Direct, both sides contributed to an entertaining encounter with half a dozen goals and the opportunity to win the first silverwear of the season.
The Martyrs made an almost perfect start as the perseverance of Camden Duncan created the opening goal after just six minutes. Receiving possession in the City of Liverpool penalty area, he showed enough strength to evade two defenders before placing the ball into the bottom corner.
After this initial setback City of Liverpool had an encouraging 15 minute period of possession beating the Merthyr press, but it wasn’t until half an hour that that managed to equalise when a ball across the penalty area was eventually forced home from close range at the back post by James Steele, despite the heroic efforts of Jamie Cogman to keep the ball out.
However, it took the blink of an eye for the Martyrs to regain their advantage when it was Camden Duncan again who was on hand to place the ball wide of the keeper as it struck the base of the post on the way in.
Within five minutes the lead was doubled when Gethyn Hill scored the best goal of the game. Combining with Curtis Hutson, from an insanely narrow angle he found the top corner with a brilliant finish that gave the City of Liverpool goalkeeper no chance.
The visitors reduced the arrears in the 38th minute when the ball was lifted over Jamie Cogan's head for James Steele to get the final touch as the Martyrs defence failed to cut our a long raking ball to the right flank.
The second half saw the Martyrs fine tune their slick movement and passing, which was a significant contributory factor to the all important fourth goal. Andy Lewis and Tom Handley combined down the left touchline, before the full backs delivery into the six yard box took a deflection to gave Gethyn Hill the simple task for heading his second goal of the game from very close range.
This sealed the victory as the Martyrs were able to relax and outplay the tiring visitors in the closing stages to win the Brian Lomax cup for the second time.