Edgehill booked their place in the semi-finals of the North Riding FA Saturday Challenge Cup thanks to a thrilling 4-1 penalty shoot-out win at St Mary’s College, Middlesbrough, while third division leaders West Pier Reserves suffered a shock 3-2 home loss against Westover Wasps Reserves in the only other game to survive the wet weather.
North Riding FA Saturday Challenge Cup
Edgehill 2 (David, Dodson) St Mary’s College 2, Edgehill win 4-1 on penalties - game played at St Mary’s College
Edgehill moved into the semi-finals of the North Riding FA Saturday Challenge Cup thanks to a late leveller from Shaun Dodson and a penalty shoot-out win at Teesside-based St Mary’s College.
The game was switched to the Middlesbrough club’s ground after the quarter-final had been scuppered by the wet weather for the previous two weekends.
Early on, it was the visitors who showed signs of form, in the 12th minute Aaron Jenking’s cross finding Kieran Link, but the youngster’s shot was lashed wide of the target.
Shortly afterwards, Danny White headed over a Liam Cooper corner as Edgehill started to take control.
The home side’s main threat came from the long-ball approach and their pacy wingers, and their left-winger broke the deadlock against the run of play with a fine solo run and shot past Martin Cappleman 10 minutes before half-time.
Two minutes later Jenking chipped his effort over from 12 yards out as the visitors battled to get back on level terms.
Edgehill finally gained the goal that their approach play richly deserved three minutes before half-time, Jenking setting Ben David free and the latter racing through to slot the ball under the St Mary’s keeper.
Steve Clegg’s side may have headed into the half-time interval in high spirits after this goal, but within two minutes of the restart they were once again in arrears.
The St Mary’s left-winger once again proved to be Edgehill’s downfall, his cross finding the home striker, who tapped in at the far post to make it 2-1.
Cooper blazed over from eight yards in the 55th minute as Edgehill looked for a leveller.
As the pitch began to get muddier, chances became few and far between, Cappleman pulling off a fine save to deny a home striker in a one-on-one in the 82nd minute.
Three minutes from time, Dodson, who had been pushed forward as Edgehill looked for the crucial second goal, fired in the equaliser with a powerful rising shot after losing his marker just inside the penalty area.
The tie then went to penalties and Dodson was soon in the spotlight again, scoring the visitors’ opening spot-kick.
The home team’s first effort was missed and David fired in his penalty to put Edgehill 2-0 up.
St Mary’s scored their first penalty to reduce the deficit, but White responded with a cool finish to make it 3-1.
Cappleman then pulled off a great save, Cooper firing in the fourth penalty to spark the celebrations among the Edgehill players.
Clegg said: “I am delighted with the win, we showed how much we wanted to play this game by moving the tie up to their place rather than just waiting for the weather to allow us to play at home.
“We showed some great team spirit to win this game, we battled away and it is great to get into the final four of this competition.
“All the lads played their part, but skipper Danny White made some superb challenges, especially in the final 20-30 minutes when we were pushing forward and leaving spaces at the back when we were trying to make it 2-2, some of his blocks proved to be crucial.
“Cappleman also deserves credit for his fine saves during the game and in the shoot-out, while 16-year-old defender Kurtis Henderson also did well for us.”
West Pier Reserves 2 (Speight, N Thomas) Westover Wasps Reserves (Shaw 2, Brunger)
Third division leaders West Pier Reserves suffered a shock 3-2 home win against in-form Westover Wasps Reserves in a game overshadowed by a lengthy delay due to a knee injury to Wasps keeper Shaun Wood.
Wood was released from Scarborough Hospital with severe bruising, the keeper suffering the heavy knock to his knee around the hour mark after a collision with Pier sub Neil Thomas. Wood will miss the rest of the season.
Pier boss Dave Crawford said: “The game was delayed for more than an hour as we waited for an ambulance to take him to hospital. The helicopter arrived to take him there but then the ambulance drove in so they ended up taking him there.”
Young Wasps striker Jordan Shaw scored in the 10th and 20th minutes to put the visitors in charge at half-time.
First-team forward Thomas came on at half-time, but it was Rob Speight who pulled it back to 2-1 with a strong shot into the bottom corner of the net before the injury to the Westover keeper.
Thomas then brought the scores level, but 15 minutes from time Paul Brunger netted the winner with a crisp drive from the edge of the area, a goal that will have lifted the mood of Pier’s title rivals Whitby RUFC and Athletico2B.
Crawford said: “I have to give the man-of-the-match award to my whole team for their efforts, we were the better side but could not make it count with goals.”
Striker Shaw impressed for the visitors once again with his two goals and his excellent work-rate.