Redmires make history byreaching Senior Cup final
Redmires defeated Mexborough's Westville 2-0 to become the first ever Blades Super Draw League club to reach the Sunday Senior Cup final.
After twice losing in the semi-finals in recent seasons, Redmires looked determined to not miss out a third time and almost took a first half lead with a Tom Whiting header.
Whiting did better in the second half to give his side the lead and victory was confirmed with a late Jon Wall penalty after George Rudd had been felled in the area.
They will face either Rotherham’s Joker or Wombwell Main in the final, when Redmires could become possibly the first team to have won both the Sunday Junior and Sunday Senior Cups.
Despite falling behind to a John Mellor strike and seeing Steve Brammer’s penalty saved by Cal Jones, Royal Earl reached the Sunday Junior Cup final by beating Southey Social 9-1.
Brammer equalised before half time and Earl took over the game in the second half with further goals from Mike Towey 2, Tom Nolan 2, Steve Brammer, Billy Wright, substitute Chris Wood and a penalty from Sam Smith. They will face either Barnsley’s Swaithe FC or Division Two Mosborough Whites in the final
In the League Twenty Two Cup semi-finals, a Jordan Livett hat-trick saw Wadsley Bridge Pheasant defeat Norton Sportsman 3-1 to go through to their second League Twentytwo Cup Final and they will face the holders Handsworth Old Crown at Bramall Lane after they came from behind three times to beast Crookes FC on penalties
Sportsman suffered an early blow when leading scorer Brad Bowland was injured in a clash with Pheasant keeper Joel Statham and more bad news quickly followed when Livett gave Pheasant an early lead with a quick free kick. He scored a second early in the second half when his corner beat everyone and went straight into the net.
Sportsman gave it everything to get back into the game and deservedly pulled one back through Mark Fereday, but, just after going close to an equaliser, Sportsman’s defence was opened up again and Livett completed his hat-trick.
Crookes took control early in the other semi and took the lead when Matt Cowen’s shot was deflected past keeper Tom Crosby. Crookes seemed to be in control, but the holders stung them with an equaliser from Russ Hobson. Crookes went back in front with a Pete Smith header, but Crown were level at the break when skipper Dave Haggerty headed home. The second half saw Crookes’ leading scorer Liam Cartledge give his side a third lead and it looked as if it would be the winner until the final minute of added time when a handball in the area saw Crown awarded a penalty which Hobson confidently fired home.
Extra time saw neither side create a chance, so it went to penalties and after nine successful penalties, including one by Crown keeper Crosby, Crosby saved the tenth spot kick to send his team through to a second successive Bramall Lane final.
With CBC Premier leaders Wadsley Bridge Pheasant in cup action, the chasing pack all won to push them down to fourth. Wickersley Youth took over at the top with a 3-1 victory over Norton Oaks A. Wickersley took the lead through Drew Houghton and Norton keeper Corey Hawksworth was keeping his side in the game. Early in the second half his work was rewarded when Jordan Marshall equalised for Norton at the second attempt. Stung by that, Wickersley hit back and Ross Johnson fizzed a great cross which Norton’s Alex Hughes unfortunately turned into his own net. Norton pushed for an equaliser, but it was Wickersley that scored a third when Alex Elwell was fouled in the box and skipper Kris Lee-Green scored from the spot.
Stannington Village went second with a 5-1 win at Killamarsh Juniors. Stannington led at half time after Lee Johnstone shut the keeper’s clearance down and tapped in the rebound.
They increased their lead early in the second half when Jamie Middleton flicked on for Callum Pinhorn to finish. Matt Hague pulled one back for Killamarsh, but Danny Smith restored Stannington’s two goal lead and as the game got stretched, Arnie Grayson unselfishly set up Shaun Flynn for the visitor’s fourth, before Flynn completed the scoring when he directed a Johnstone shot past the keeper.
Sam Scrivens, Lewis Dickinson, Mason Butcher and Daniel Walker goals saw Penistone Church beat bottom club Hallam FC 4-0 to go third.
In Division One, the League’s last unbeaten record fell as Ranch came from behind to beat Chapeltown RBL 3-2. A Ryan Robinson free kick from the halfway line deceived the keeper to put RBL in front, but another keeper error allowed Jay Lindsay to level from 25 yards. Ranch led at the break after Matt Jacobs beat the offside trap to lob the keeper. Tom Burns headed Ranch’s third after the break and although Kris Heald netted a second for RBL, Ranch held on to end the visitors record.
Another title challenger, Woodhouse Village, suffered an even bigger shock 7-2 defeat as Jack Peake and Nasa Meah both hit hat-tricks for relegation threatened Norton Oaks B. Billy Ireland netted Oaks’ seventh, while Stef Flint and Theo Wilson scored for the shell-shocked Village. Oughtibridge WM made no mistake though to go second as Ross Brown hit a first half hat-trick in a convincing 10-1 win over Brinsworth Phoenix Callum Chambers got the ball rolling and he added another in the second half, while Evan Watson, Josh Walker, Matt Harrison, Jordan Smith and Harley Scholey added their others. Richard Ellin netted Phoenix’s consolation.
Despite a Reece James goal, Wadsley Horse & Jockey missed the chance to return to the top of Division Two when Andrew Redfern and Adam Battle goals saw Shakey pull off their second successive win 2-1. Forum moved up to second as Matt Ord and Jav Sherratt doubles saw them to a 5-1 victory over fellow title challengers Boynton Sports. Josh Gibson netted Forum’s fifth, while Jake Ballinger netted for Sports. Mosborough Reds made it just one defeat in their last eight as a Josh Smith double helped them to a 3-1 victory over Cadbury. Jamie Damms headed Reds other, while Jacob Beech netted for Cadbury.
FIXTURES IN BRIEF
01-Apr JUNIOR SUNDAY CUP SEMI-FINAL Swaithe v Mosborough Whites CBC PREMIER Civil Sports A v WB Pheasant; Intake Old Boys v Hdswth Old Crown; Penistone Church v Redmires; Stannington Village v Hallam FC; Woodseats Club v Wickersley Youth DIVISION 1 Brinsworth Phoenix v Woodhouse Village; Cotts FC v Norton Sportsman; Oughtibridge WM v Cobden View; Southey Social v Chapeltown RBL DIVISION 2 Boynton Sports v Royal Earl; Cadbury v Woodhouse JFC; Crookes FC v Mosborough Reds
05-Apr CBC PREMIER Intake Old Boys v WB Pheasant; Redmires v Hallam FC; Wickersley Youth v Hdswth Old Crown DIVISION 1 Chapeltown RBL v Oughtibridge WM; Colley v Norton Oaks B; Southey Social v Cotts FC; Woodhouse Village v Cobden View DIVISION 2 Cadbury v Mosborough Whites; Mosborough Reds v Crookes FC; Woodhouse JFC v Forum FCCO