SATURDAY LEAGUE CUP: Eastfield and Edgehill set up final clash

Danny Kelly celebrates putting Eastfield 1-0 up in their League Cup Semi Final at home to Ayton, Eastfield went on to win 2-1 141146c   Picture by Neil Silk 15/03/14
Danny Kelly celebrates putting Eastfield 1-0 up in their League Cup Semi Final at home to Ayton, Eastfield went on to win 2-1 141146c Picture by Neil Silk 15/03/14

Old rivals Eastfield and Edgehill won their Coastal Shellfish League Cup semi-finals, against Ayton and Filey Town Reserves respectively, to set up a final clash next month.

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141146e'League Cup Semi Final'Eastfield v Ayton'Picture by Neil Silk'15/03/14

141146e'League Cup Semi Final'Eastfield v Ayton'Picture by Neil Silk'15/03/14

Coastal Shellfish League Cup semi-finals

Eastfield 2 (Kelly, Till) Ayton 1 (Glaves)

Eastfield secured their placed in the League Cup final with a hard-earned 2-1 home win against division one rivals Ayton.

The home side, playing with a strong wind behind them, had the better of the first half and took a deserved lead midway though the period with a fine strike from central midfielder Danny Kelly from the edge of the penalty area. Nick Hegarty also missed a good chance to double the lead for Lee Tate’s side when he skied his shot over the bar.

141146b'League Cup Semi Final'Eastfield v Ayton'Picture by Neil Silk'15/03/14

141146b'League Cup Semi Final'Eastfield v Ayton'Picture by Neil Silk'15/03/14

Player-boss Steve Roberts had a few sharp words with the village team at half-time and after a few slight changes to the team’s shape the visitors started to look stronger, especially with the strong wind at their backs.

Roberts looked set to level the scores when he broke through for a one-on-one with the home keeper but his shot clipped the outside of the post, then defender Rich Thomas headed over the bar when well-placed.

These misses proved crucial as Eastfield doubled their lead when Nathan Till broke clear on the left flank and cut inside to net a superb solo effort on the counter-attack.

Ayton did eventually hit the target through left-back Liam Glaves, who surged forward to hammer in a spectacular shot across the goal from the left and into the top right-hand corner, but this was virtually the final kick of the game and Eastfield had done enough to make it into the final.

The entire Eastfield team shared their man-of-the-match award after a superb performance, while Glaves and forward Dan Peel were the joint -winners of the Ayton award.

Filey Town Reserves 1 (M Gage) Edgehill 4 (Link, Dodson pen, Collins, Prosser)

Second division Filey Town Reserves made division one title-chasers Edgehill work hard for their 4-1 semi-final success.

Kieran Link opened the scoring for the visitors, and Shaun Dodson doubled the lead for Steve Clegg’s side with a penalty-kick after a push on Danny Collins, but the hosts had their own chances in an entertaining opening 45 minutes.

Collins added a third goal early in the second half, and despite Town’s best attempts the visitors made it 4-0 with a great team move, capped by a superb cross from Aaron Jenking headed in by Jason Prosser.

Town were then awarded a penalty by Mikey Hunter missed from the spot, Max Gage scoring a richly deserved goal for the home side five minutes from time.

The entire Town team shared the man of the match prize for a hard-working display against higher division opposition, while centre-backs Tom Hickin and Daniel Jones were the joint-winners of the Edgehill star man award.