Angel and Pier move into Sunday FA Cup final

Sunday FA Cup reports
Sunday FA Cup reports

Angel and West Pier claimed wins against Newlands and Roscoes Bar respectively to book their places in the Scarborough FA Sunday Cup final.

Title-chasing Angel raced out of the blocks in their semi-final at Newlands and took the lead with a powerful 30-yard strike from midfielder Joe Gallagher that flew into the top corner of the net.

Neil Thomas then made it 2-0 with a close-range finish after a pass from Gallagher.

A third goal from Martin Cooper, a fine half-volley from just inside the area, boosted Angel's advantage but Newlands roared back into action during the second half and pulled a goal back through Drew McCoubrey.

The hosts piled on the pressure looking for a way back into the game but Angel's defence held firm and they booked their place in the final.

Angel joint-player-boss Dan Jones said: The middle three of Gallagher, Neil Thomas and Matt Griffiths were the men of the match.

"I thought we were unreal in the first half and blew them away a bit. In the second half they came at us hard and we defended well."

West Pier won by the same scoreline in their game at home to Roscoes Bar.

After a keenly-contested and goalless first half, which saw Roscoes hit the woodwork in one of very few chances, the home side took the lead after the break when Luke Delve's pass was met by Danny Bradbury and forced over the goalline.

Delve then smacked in a second goal to put Pier in charge, but on the hour mark the visitors were back in the contest through a Jamie Wray goal and Pier found themselves pinned back in their own half for 20 minutes as Roscoes pushed for a leveller.

In the final minute Delve raced upfield in a counter-attack and was brought down in the area, Rich Tolliday slotting home the spot-kick to confirm Pier's place in the final.

Pier chief Paddy Parke said: "I am chuffed to bits for the lads, just a few months ago we were really struggling after a lot of players had left but we have all pulled together and this is a great achievement.

"Every one of the lads were superb today, but right-back Gavin McGough, Tolliday and Delve were especially outstanding."

Roscoes boss Lee Paterson said: "It just wasn't our day, nothing fell to us from rebounds. We controlled the first half and missed a sitter and hit the post."