County Cup Review

By Simon Harrison

We take a look at the MFL teams that have been in recent county cup duties.

Manchester Challenge Trophy
The 2017/18 Manchester Challenge Trophy entered the semi-final stages after the weekend results and the MFL proudly boasts three clubs of the final four.

Holders East Manchester came from 2-0 down to beat fellow MFL side Beechfield United to go through with a 3-2 win at Wright Robinson. Brad Byrne, Darren Green and Kyle McGovern on target for East Manchester.

It was another all-MFL affair at Crilly Park where Chadderton Reserves hosted Premier Division leaders Avro in a six-goal thriller. Mason Dunkley, Duncan Knott and Sam Rathbone all registered for Avro but Chaddy fought back with goals from Ross Stanley and an Alan Beckett double to take it to penalties.

It was the Premier Division leaders who progressed to the semi-finals after a 4-2 success from 12 yards.

Heyside make up the MFL trio after their 2-1 triumph at home to Egerton. Adam Dale and Mark Hopwood got the goals for the Oldham outfit to take them to the next round.

It could have been all four MFL sides in the semi-finals but Manchester Central narrowly lost out in an even contest at the Regional Athletics Arena where they hosted Curzon Ashton Reserves. After a goalless first half, the visitors took the lead through Jack O'Leary on 49 minutes but Central levelled it up 15 minutes later when Yayha Saeed made it 1-1. It was Curzon’s Emmanuel Oyibo who got the deciding goal with 3 minutes of the contest remaining to complete the last four line-up.

The draw for the semi-final takes place on Friday 20th October at 3pm.

Manchester Amateur Cup
There are 10 MFL sides in the last 32 of the Manchester FA Amateur Cup including last season’s finalists Manchester Gregorians who booked their place in the third round with a 3-0 win at home to Wilmslow Albion Res.

Heywood St James edged past Swinton in a seven-goal thriller at Barnton Road and join their reserves in the last 16 who eased to a 6-2 win at Parrswood Celtic Res.

Chadderton EDS eased through with a comfortable 7-0 home win over Old Stretfordians 3rds as did East Manchester Academy by the same scoreline against Strets’ 2nds.

It was derby day at Hardy Lane as South Manchester Res hosted Wythenshawe Amateurs Res but it was the visitors who ran out 6-4 to go through and claim bragging rights.

Hollinwood Res were the highest scorers of the round as they romped to a 9-4 victory at home to AFC Oldham 2005, and AFC Monton joined the other MFL sides in the next round thanks to a 6-1 success over Chadderton Park.

Round 3 Draw (MFL teams only)
Avro Res v AFC Middleton
Manchester Medics v AFC Monton Res
Heywood St James Res v Beechfield United
Moorside Rangers Res v Hollinwood Res
Manchester Gregorians Res v Chadderton EDS
Salford Victoria Res v Heywood St James
Wythenshawe Amateurs Res v AFC Oldham Res
West Didsbury AFC v East Manchester Academy

Ties to be played 4th November 2017

Cheshire Amateur Cup
Stockport Georgians are the only MFL side remaining in the Cheshire FA Amateur Cup after progressing through to Round 3. The Cromley Road men were involved in an epic eleven-goal thriller versus Unicorn Athletic, seeing them edge it by the odd goal.

The victory was helped by a Carl Sutton hat-trick, Callum Campbell, Leon Murphy and OJ got the others to put Georgians’ name in the hat for the last 16.

Lancashire Amateur Shield
There are six sides representing the MFL in the Lancashire Amateur Shield after coming through their respective second round ties.

Just as they did in the first round Leigh Athletic required penalty shoot out to overcome their opponents, this time it was Askam United. Matt Bablinski scored in the 1-1 draw at full time with the Tics winning 4-1 from spot kicks.

Penalties were also needed to decide the ties involving Royton Town and Walshaw Sports.

Town travelled to Winstanley Warriors where it finished 3-3 after 90 minutes, James Done, Keith Melvin and Daniel Gilmartin all scoring for the visitors. Town put their name in the hat for the third round after a 3-2 success from the penalty shoot-out.

Walshaw Sports were involved in an epic 5-5 draw at home to Thornton Cleveleys seeing two braces from Mario Daniel and Connor Gately with Mark Eccles getting the other. The MFL side triumphed in the resulting penalties, winning 5-3.

Rochdale Sacred Heart were made to sweat in their home game with Longridge Town after leading 2-0 at the break. The hosts eventually ran out 3-2 winners with Ryan Burgess, Andrew Foster and Jack Morrow getting the goals.

AFC Monton also won with a 3-2 margin in their trip to Poulton. Rhys Hardy’s brace was added to by Gary Prescott to seal the win at Cottam Hall.

It was a bit more of a comfortable scoreline for Prestwich Heys Reserves as they eased past Leyland United thanks to a 4-1 win at Adie Moran Park. James Horan, Adam Nuttall, Jordan Burton and Adam Edwards.

Round 3 Draw (MFL teams only)
AFC Monton v Fulwood Amateur
Prestwich Heys Reserves v Rochdale Sacred Heart
Royton Town v Burscough Richmond
Walshaw Sports v Leigh Athletic

Ties to be played 21st October 2017

Lancashire Amateur Cup
Radcliffe Juniors advanced from the second round of the competition after their 5-1 win at home to Appley Bridge. They now face Beehive from Blackburn at home in round three.

Round 3 Draw (MFL teams only)
Radcliffe Juniors v Beehive (Blackburn)

Ties to be played Saturday 28th October 2017.

Derbyshire Junior Cup North
Tintwistle Athletic Reserves put themselves into the second round of the competition after their 5-1 win at Railway. Connor Simpson put his side on track with a hat-trick and was joined on the score sheet by Josh Westmerland and Jake Knowles. They now face Blazing Rag (2000) Reserves in round two at West Drive.

Round 2 Draw (MFL teams only)
Tintwistle Athletic Reserves v Blazing Rag (2000) Reserves

Tie to be played Saturday 4th November 2017

West Riding Challenge Cup North
There are two MFL sides still in the competition with Uppermill and Springhead both registering big wins in their first round ties.

Springhead were 4-1 winners at Pool AFC thanks to goals from Ryan Hanson, Leighton Stephenson and a Kion Pryce brace at Arthington Lane.

Uppermill travelled to Kirkby Malzeard and left there with an impressive 5-1 win courtesy of Nathan Driscoll and Daniel Gartside braces plus Phil Armstrong’s goal.

Uppermill have been rewarded with another fixture on the road where they face Maltham Athletic while Springhead welcome Field to St Johns Street in round two.

Round 2 Draw (MFL teams only)
Meltham Athletic v Uppermill
Springhead v Field

Ties to be played Saturday 4th November 2017.

Good luck to all our sides!

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