Semi Final Review

By Simon Harrison

We take a look at the results of the six semi-final ties on the penultimate weekend of the 2020/21 season.

The weather was gloriously hot and cup fever was in the air as twelve teams went to battle for a cup final place.

GILGRYST CUP
Hindsford welcomed Springhead to Squires Lane for a juicy fixture that attracted a large number of spectators. The two teams put on one hell of a show for the crowd of which the visitors came out on top following a splendid second-half display.

‘Head had originally taken the lead through Ryan Hanson but were pegged back by a Hindsford penalty, converted by Jack Valentine to see the teams go into half time level at 1-1. However, Springhead turned the screw in the second half and scored three without reply to seal a place in Sunday’s final. Ryan Fagan scored to put the visitors ahead before Jordan Hall scored twice, securing a 4-1 win.

There was late drama at Cromley Road where Stockport Georgians played host to Dukinfield Town in the other last-four tie. In front of another healthy attendance, Georgians held a 1-0 lead for most of the game thanks to Joe Bevan’s first half strike but it all changed inside the last ten minutes. Town, who had missed a number of good chances earlier in the game, eventually drew level thanks to Ben Barnsley’s goal before Jack Saw stole it late on to book their place in the final for the first time since 2005.

MURRAY TROPHY
AFC Monton travelled to St Johns Park to take on Bolton United in what proved to be an enthralling cup tie. Both teams had enjoyed the group stages in front of goal and they took that form into this game with them, both contributing to this five-goal thriller. It had been 1-1 and 2-2 during the game but the Ammies edged it with another goal to seal a place in the final. James Woodward, Aaron Swift and Ruben Rose all scored for the Ammies.

It was Wilmslow Albion at home to East Manchester in the other semi final on Saturday where a single goal would prove to be the difference. Both teams had scored plenty during the group stages and the hosts had yet to taste defeat but unfortunately the record fell at the hands of East. A Souhai Kiassi goal midway through the second half at Oakwood Farm earned the visitors the victory who will now face AFC Monton on Saturday afternoon.

OPEN TROPHY
Walshaw Sport Res booked their place in Friday’s finale at Hyde after they went the distance in their semi final tie with Dukinfield Town Res. Both teams had to play in their own qualifier to get to the last four during the week but nothing could separate the two teams inside 90 minutes after it ended 4-4. Scoring for Walshaw was Ben Sharples (2), Louis Jackson and Sam Harvey while Duki’s goal scorers were Macaulay Eyre, Jason Fruhwirth and Lee Simmons It went straight to penalties where Walshaw went on to win 4-2 to deny Duki another club cup final appearance (in addition to the first team).

Meeting Walshaw in the final are Stockport Georgians Res who tip-toed past Uppermill Res at Churchill Playing Fields. A single Paul Beresford goal proved to be the difference as Georgians edged it 1-0 to reach the final for the first time since 2015.

FINALS

OPEN TROPHY
Friday 11th June 2021
Walshaw Sports Res v Stockport Georgians Res
7.45pm Kick Off

MURRAY TROPHY
Saturday 12th June 2021
AFC Monton v East Manchester
3.00pm Kick Off

GILGRYST CUP
Sunday 13th June 2021
Dukinfield Town v Springhead
3.00pm Kick Off

All matches to be played at Hyde United FC.

Where next?

League Statement The Manchester Football League would like to issue a statement regarding the Gilgryst Cup final.
Semi Finals Preview We take a look at this weekend’s semi-final fixtures. A place in the final is up for grabs and the chance to win the first silverware since 2019.

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