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Cup Competitions - Semi Finals

By Simon Harrison

We can now reveal the draws for the Semi Final stages for our cup competitions.

The Semi Final stage is almost set in all four of our cup competitions with all but one of the remainder of the last-eight ties being played over the weekend.

The Gilgryst Cup was the first of the competitions to reach the Semi Final stages in early February.

Manchester Central have the Premier Division title destiny in their own hands and at this stage they are on track for a double. In their path are Beechfield United who are in a battle themselves at the opposite end of the table as they look to use their cup form to help steer them clear of relegation.

Division 2 side Avro Res were the first to seal their place in the hat for the Murray Trophy Semi Finals and they will face Atherton Town at The Vestacare Stadium in what should prove a tougher test than their Quarter Final opponents.

It's an all-Division One tie in the other side of the draw as Boothstown host Govan Athletic, another team looking to avoid relegation in league matters and are hoping for a happy distraction on cup duty.

There is just one confirmed game so far in the Open Trophy as Dukinfield Town Res host Rochdale Sacred Heart A. Duki are flying high in Division Three and are in a three-horse race for the title and while their opponents, Sacred Heart, are just outside the top four, they pose a great threat to Duki's dreams of a double.

Royton Town Res booked their place in the last four a fortnight ago and still await their opponents to be confirmed. They will host the winner of Elton Vale Res and Uppermill Res who go head-to-head this weekend.

Bolton County Res needed a penalty shoot-out to see them through from the Quarters and are rewarded with a home tie against Chadderton EDS.

Govan Athletic Res also progressed to the Semi Finals courtesy of spot kicks and now host East Manchester Academy in their path to the final.

Full Draw

Gilgryst Cup
Manchester Central v Beechfield United
Royton Town v Rochdale Sacred Heart

Ties to be played Saturday 20th April

Murray Trophy
Avro Res v Atherton Town +
Boothstown v Govan Athletic *

+Tie to be played Saturday 6th April
*Tie to be played Saturday 13th April

Open Trophy
Dukinfield Town Res v Rochdale Sacred Heart A*
Royton Town Res v Elton Vale Res or Uppermill Res

*Tie to be played Saturday 6th April

Manchester League Cup
Bolton County Res v Chadderton EDS
Govan Athletic Res v East Manchester Academy

Ties to be played Saturday 30th March

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