Fantail 5 Lanes End 2
LANES END found the going a bit tough against Premier leaders Fantail in this League Cup tie though they put up a spirited battle for most of the encounter.
The difference was the clinical finishing of the Premier League side who went two ahead with a Bradley Smart brace and hit the woodwork twice before Lanes End managed to pull one back from David Lewis just before the break.
Second half strikes from Kevin Pollard, Connor Dickens and Rob Morgan ensured a quarter-final place for Fantail, with Lewis completing his brace for Lanes End in between.
Kestrels 6Melling Victoria 3 (aet)
IN an action-packed quarter-final tie in the Stanley Bowl, Melling Victoria went down to the Kestrels after 120 minutes of total football, despite being two ahead for an hour with goals from Walter Yates and a stunning opener from Bob Williams.
Kestrels were forced to change the team before kick-off with two injuries during the warm-up, and a more determined Melling side made them pay with better finishing.
But after Michael Boyle had pulled one back for Kestrels, two more came via Matty Jones and a Paul Welsh penalty with minutes remaining.
With Melling’s last attack, reliable defender Liam Wildman was unfortunate to head past his helpless keeper to send the game into extra-time.
Goals in extra-time from Terry Burghall, Joey Davies and Tommy Hughes sealed a semi-final slot for Kestrels.
Mariners 4 NAC 3
IN the other quarter-final, Mariners gained sweet revenge after last week’s league defeat by ending NAC’s Stanley Bowl dreams.
Even at the break with two goals apiece, this game was end-to-end with goals flashing in from all angles.
John Cass and Ian Laing got Mariners off to a good start, but a Jay McShane brace evened things up before the interval.
Laing headed home Mariners’ third goal only for Joe Riley to equalise once again for the NAC, and with time running out Jason Carey hit the winner.
Parnells 4 McPort United 1
IN the quarter-final of the Parkin Cup, Parnells had strikes from Rob Dutton and Josh Bentley to thank for their half time lead against a hardworking McPort team who failed to break down a resilient opposition defence.
That was until an hour on the watch when Declan Gregson reduced the arrears to give McPort some hope for the first time in this cup encounter.
It proved little, though, as Craig Sterling increased Parnells’ lead three minutes later, and just to rub it in smashed a fourth goal in the 79th minute to secure a spot in the last four.
Wynstay 3 Standpark 2
STANDPARK battled for over an hour and gave Wynstay some harrowing moments before a late brace from Ian Smith turned the fortunes Wynstay's way in their Parkin Cup quarter-final clash.
Alex McNabb opened the scoring for Standpark after 20 minutes only for Mike McKenna to even things up before the break.
Alan Hermundson fired Standpark back in front early in the second half, and that’s how it stayed, despite some excellent football from both teams, until Smith’s late brace.
Bar Du Fay 1 Pivilion 1 (aet) [Bar won 5-4 on pens]
THERE was nothing to separate Bar Du Fay and Pivilion after 120 minutes of fast flowing football, and a dreaded penalty shoot-out eventually settled this quarter-final Parkin Cup match.
All even and goalless at the break, it took a superb 30 yard volley from Chris Winsor for the Bar to break the deadlock.
Ten minutes later it was all even again as Steve Weston fired home for Pivilion and with no further goals extra time beckoned. Thirty minutes later and the teams were lining up for that penalty shoot out in which the Bar prevailed.
Ormskirk Town 2 MCA 4
MCA may be struggling in the league, but with their best performance of the season so far they reached a semi-final in style beating Ormskirk Town 4-2.
A brace from Liam Morrison got them on their way, and though Lewis Coyle reduced the arrears before the break this game always favoured an impressive MCA side.
Jon Bowers and Tom Burns doubled the MCA tally in the second half before a late Spencer Wharbington consolation made the score look more respectable for Town.
Platinum M/W 8 Printworks 0
NOTHING appears to be going right for Printworks this season, drawn against the team in form, Platinum, and then having to start this Sherwood Cup game a man down proved far too much for them as they crashed out of the competition with only praise for comfort.
Truth was Platinum have no time for pity until the game’s won and it’s not over till the final whistle is blown as far as they are concerned.
So a Paul Burke hat-trick and one from Matt Hollins may have had the contest over by the break, but David Polvey still had his goal record to improve.
Four goals later and Polvey left the pitch a contented man.
To their credit, Printworks did their best to give them a game, and never gave up.
Database 1 Leftbank 4
DATABASE found Leftbank in steely determination as they produced a battle royal for a semi-final place in the Sherwood Cup.
Mike Wallace nabbed a brace in the first period to put Leftbank firmly in command by the break.
Bob Jones made it three on the hour before Joe Strain got his second in two games to reduce the arrears.
Leftbank were in no mood to let this slip though and Andy Collins crashed home number four and sent his team one step nearer to silverware.
TWO cup games were abandoned – Sacred Heart v Colemans and Kirkby RAFA v Eden Vale.
Ambrose Ellis 4 George’s 0
IN THE only league game of the day, Ambrose Ellis halted George’s recent run of wins with a convincing victory.
It was hat-trick hero Will King who inflicted most of the damage, with Kyle Gough adding a fourth before the end.
George’s never settled into their usual rhythm, and though they had a few dangerous moments they were well below par and just glad to get this one over and done with.