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This week's Report (23/02/2015)

Five of the six BSF Over 35s Football League Divisional Cup semi-finals were played on Sunday and the Division 1 matches produced 13 goals between them.


Cheers Bar and Daten were level at one apiece at the interval, after which Daten stepped up a gear to reach the final by six goals to three. Carlton Jordan, Paul Lightfoot and John Coogan scored for Cheers Bar, but on-fire Chris Burnett scored five for the visitors and John Burnham made it six.


At home to Salford Waggon, Moorside Rangers failed to find the net, but Waggon stormed into the final as Stephen Hughes and Barry Massey each score a brace.


Division 2 leaders Mitchells Unicorn no doubt expected to reach the Division 2 Cup final, but their game at Golborne Parkside was postponed.


Digmoor reached the Division 2 Cup semi-final in their first season in the league with a 2-1 quarter-final win at Radcliffe Old Boys B. Paul Drennan scored for the home side whilst Ian Jones and John Carroll won the game for Digmoor.


Both teams had chances in the Division 3 Cup game between Dobbies and Ainsworth B, but Dobbies put them in the net to win 4-1 after leading 2-1 at half time. Robert Howarth scored two whilst Jason Eccles and Anthony Healey scored one each and two of the goals were from the penalty spot.


Penalties were the order of the day as the other Division 3 Cup semi-final also saw two. Although no referee turned up for the game, it went ahead with both Broadway and Breightmet United playing well. Michael Coates put Broadway ahead with a penalty, but Austin Hurst levelled for Breightmet before the interval. With the game heading for extra time, Chris Sutcliffe scored from the penalty spot five minutes from time to put Breightmet into the final.


In an attempt to catch up, the Match Secretary arranged seven league games, but three were postponed due to waterlogged pitched.


Queen Lizzie joined Salford and Turton on 24 points at the top of Division 1, but are third on goal difference despite their 8-1 victory over Radcliffe Old Boys A. Lee Whiteley and Clint McCloughlin scored four goals each.


Chorlton Sports switched their Division 2 game and played at BLGC, but started with ten men and soon went down to nine when their goalkeeper sustained a nasty cut below his eye and was taken to hospital. The nine men held out until Alan Mitchell gave BLGC the lead after 20 minutes. Chorlton’s manager arrived and gave them a boost by coming on, however, BLGC put the ten men under severe pressure, but they held on and Ian Taylor scored a deserved equaliser two minutes from time.


There were two games in Division 3. Failsworth Home Guard were held to a 2-2 draw by Whitefield Cons, Paul Scholes and Andrew Yeoman scoring for Failsworth. The other game resulted in a 3-1 victory for Bolton Wyresdale over Elton Liberals as Brian Leith and Simon Walsh scored for the home side.

Result for Sunday 22/02/2015

Division 1 Cup
Cheers Bar 3 Daten 6           Moorside Rangers 0 Salford Waggon 4

Division 2 Cup
Radcliffe Old Boys B 1 Digmoor FC 3
Division 3 Cup
Dobbies S&SC 4 Ainsworth B 1                          Broadway 1 Breightmet United 2

League Division 1
Queen Lizzie 8 Radcliffe Old Boys A 1

Division 2
Chorlton Sports Vets 1 BLGC 1

Division 3
Failsworth Home Guard Vets FC 2 Whitefield Con Club FC 2           Bolton Wyresdale AFC 3 Elton Liberal FC1