SATURDAY CUPS: Ayton and Newlands earn semi-final spots

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Ayton and Newlands booked their place in the semi-finals of the League Cup with victories against Sleights and Eastfield, while Falsgrave Reserves won 3-1 at Commercial to seal their spot in the Frank White Trophy final, Whitby RFC triumphing 5-1 at Westover Reserves in their quarter-final.

Coastal Shellfish League Cup quarter-finals

Sleights 1 (Hardy) Ayton 2 (M Oldroyd 2)

Top-flight Ayton took until the final minute of extra-time to win 2-1 at 10-man Sleights in their League Cup quarter-final clash.

James Fawcett missed from the penalty spot for the home side after only 10 minutes and their fortunes took another dive when Marc McCarthy was given his marching orders 12 minutes later.

Ayton opened the scoring 20 minutes into the second half, Mark Oldroyd forcing a goalbound Chris Stubbings header past the Sleights keeper.

Fifteen minutes later Sleights levelled thanks to an Andy Hardy goal and the hosts were only denied a late winner by a stunning save from Ayton keeper Ben Riley.

After a tame opening 15 minutes of extra-time, Ayton were awarded a penalty in the 115th minute, but Si Rigg blazed his spot-kick over the bar.

With the game entering stoppage time, player-boss Steve Roberts surged through the Sleights defence and set up the chance for Oldroyd to slot in from close range again to seal a dramatic win for the away side.

Roberts singled out Riley and Oldroyd for their efforts at either end of the pitch.

Newlands 6 (Exley 2, Logan 2, P Mancrief, McCoubrey) Eastfield 0

Strikers Sean Exley and Billy Logan hit a brace apiece as Newlands Park eased to a 6-0 home win against Eastfield in their League Cup quarter-final.

Drew McCoubrey’s goal in the opening minute - against his former club - set the tone for this one-sided affair, Logan soon adding a second goal to give Park breathing space.

Exley made it 3-0 with a stunning strike into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area.

Exley struck his second after the interval and Paddy Mancrief added a fifth before Logan smashed a fearsome strike into the roof of the net to confirm the semi-final place for Shaun Mancrief’s side.

Dan Freer and Exley were the star men for Park, with centre-half Mark Barber the only away player to take the eye.

Frank White Trophy

Semi-final

Commercial 1 (Riley) Falsgrave Reserves 3 (Hansen, M Reddy, Stancill)

Falsgrave Reserves made it into their first-ever final with a 3-1 win at Commercial in the Frank White Trophy.

Left-winger Zak Hansen put Lee Smythe’s side ahead after only 10 minutes with a cracking volley from 10 yards, and six minutes later striker Mark Reddy smashed the ball in with a 20-yard low drive which caught the home keeper out at the near post.

Sub Macauley Riley pulled a goal back 20 minutes into the second half after a fine through-ball from Jackson Jowett.

Falsgrave keeper Shaun Gough then pulled off a great save to deny the hosts a leveller and 12 minutes from time sub Nick Stancill secured the win for Falsgrave with a great solo goal, turning one defender and beating another before stroking the ball into the net.

Smythe praised the all-round work ethic of his team, while new Commercial manager Luke Jenkinson hailed the efforts of Riley, Macauley Youngson and Adam Smith.

Quarter-final

Westover Wasps Reserves 1 (Donaldson) Whitby RFC 5 (Craig 3, Kilpatrick, Ross)

Whitby RFC powered into the semis of the Frank White Trophy with a 5-1 win at in-form Westover Wasps Reserves.

Two early goals from the visitors gave Ste Mothersdale’s side - who were without seven regular players - the upper hand in this cup-tie.

Mikey Kilpatrick made it 1-0 after a precise Dave Welham through-ball in the eighth minute and five minutes later Damon Craig smashed his strike in at the far post.

On the half-hour mark Wasps gave themselves hope with a goal from centre-back Leroy Donaldson, the defender scoring at the back post after a fine cross from Travis Wood.

It took the visitors until the 65th minute to restore their two-goal lead, Welham again the creative talent, this time his cross allowing Craig to head in his second at the near post.

Sam Richardson set up Ste Ross to make it 4-1 and the scoring was completed by Craig after another Welham through-ball, earning the former a hat-trick and the man-of-the-match award.

Alistair Jennings was named as the star man for Wasps, the 17-year-old central midfielder having a fine game as a creative influence.