Atherton reign over favourites Queen
9:55am Wednesday 27th February 2013 in Sport
ATHERTON Town Vets booked their place in the final of the Division One Cup with an unexpected but convincing 4-1 victory over runaway league leaders Queen Lizzie Vets.
Town, who are third in the table 12 points behind Lizzie who have lost just once in the league this season, belied their underdog status with an impressive performance. Stu Rudd put Atherton ahead in the first half and although Lizzie were lively, they could not convert their chances.
Mickey O’Neil doubled the lead after the break before Winnard pulled one back for the leaders, but Rudd and O’Neil both scored again to secure a place in the final in April when they will face Walkden Cricket Club, who have yet to kick a ball in the competition after their semi-final opponents, Cheers Bar, conceded.
Pineapple and Turton Bay Mare will contest the Division Two Cup final after victories over PF Bury and Radcliffe Old Boys, respectively.
Mark Sloane scored both Pineapple goals either side of a Mark Crowther strike.
Bay Mare came good in the second half of their semi-final against the Old Boys, Martin Horrobin putting them ahead on 55 minutes and Stu Stokes making it safe five minutes from time.
In the Division Three semi-finals two goals from John Done and one from Phil Reagan gave table-topping Henighans a 3-1 victory over JLJ Golborne while Mickey Munroe scored the only goal as Pig and Whistle got the better of Old Boltonians.
The Sam Ashworth Trophy quarter-final was settled when Ainsworth A beat Chorlton Sports Club 3-0 after extra time.
Nigel Hulme, Steven Hulme, Peter Riddle, Damien Wriggley and Ivor Aldalli scored in Harwoord Grey Mare’s 5-0 win against Golborne in Division Two.
Bromley Cross and Ashton Town shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw, John Gough’s second-half goal for Cross cancelled out by Haslem’s equaliser.
In Division Three, Gary Davenport scored two and Chris Williams one as Dobbies won 3-1 at Victory Vets, Dave Howells scoring for the Vets.
Jimmy Reynolds and Mark Blackshall scored two each for Bolton Lads and Girls Club in a 4-2 win over Ainsworth B.