A Nick Hegarty hat-trick fired Trafalgar into the North Riding FA Sunday Challenge Cup final, as Liam Salt’s men swept aside hosts AFC Sheep 4-1.
North Riding FA Sunday Challenge Cup semi-final
AFC Sheep 1 Trafalgar 4 (Hegarty 3, Craig)
Trafalgar are eyeing their second North Riding FA title in three seasons after cruising to a 4-1 win in this semi-final at Teesside-based AFC Sheep.
Striker Nick Hegarty was the star man for Liam Salt’s troops, banging in three goals for the visitors.
Hegarty opened the scoring after 20 minutes with a strong rising shot that gave the home keeper no chance, and although the visitors had plenty of chances to add to their tally, it remained 1-0 to Traf at the half-time interval.
Hot-shot Hegarty added two more goals after the break to put Traf in the driving seat.
The home side pulled a goal back through a deflected shot, but Dean Craig restored Traf’s three-goal lead with a ferocious 35-yard free-kick that flew into the top corner of the net.
Proud boss Salt said after the semi-final win: “We dominated the game from start to finish and are all now really looking forward to the final. We won this competition a couple of years ago so it would be great to win it again, we have a strong side so we do not fear anyone.
“Everyone played well against AFC Sheep but our man-of-the-match award went to Hegarty as he was on top form again.”
Newlands 6 (Josh Hakings 2, Delve 2, Cappleman, Luntley pen) Seamer 0
Newlands moved into top spot in the first division with a comfortable home triumph against a depleted Seamer side.
The visitors only had nine players, including boss James Prethero, who was forced to pull his boots on for the match against the high-flyers.
The home side took a while to break down the stubborn Seamer rearguard, and it was not until the 35th minute that the hosts opened the scoring, and on the stroke of half-time a Ben Luntley penalty put the home side in charge.
A Josh Hakings double, a Luke Delve brace and a Lee Cappleman effort secured the points for Newlands.
Centre-back Kile Fields was man of the match for the victors, while Prethero was quick to praise his nine players, who shared the Seamer man of the match award.
West Pier 8 (Speight 3, Bell 2, Bradshaw, Warnett, Dobson) Strongwood 0
Pier cruised to a home win against a Strongwood side that had two players sent off in the first half.
Rob Speight scored the only goal of the first 45 minutes as Pier had the better of possession but could not finish off their chances, apart from Speight’s clinical effort after some nice approach play.
The dismissal of the Strongwood players saw Pier take the upper hand after the interval, with Speight completing a double and Dave Bell scoring twice.
Jamie Bradshaw and Phil Warnett also netted for the victors, with Cameron Dobson firing in the eighth with the last kick of the game.
The pick of the goals was Speight’s second, the striker timing his run at the back post to perfection after a free-flowing move.
The Pier man of the match award was shared by Speight and centre-back Andy Sheader.