Hepples fires Sun into McCain semis

SUN booked their spot in the McCain Cup semi-finals with a 3-2 home win against Commercial in an action-packed game.

Scarborough Athletic ace Gary Hepples was on top form for Sun, and it was no surprise when he opened the scoring.

Sun keeper Dave Pickard launched a goal-kick forward, which bounced over the Commercial defence and Hepples nipped in to slide the ball past Commercial keeper Ash Buck.

The hosts doubled their lead shortly afterwards, with Tom Allen thumping home a fierce 18-yard shot.

Tim Boorer kept the visitors in the game with a shot from outside the area that evaded the grasp of Sun goalie Pickard.

Two minutes into the second half, Hepples raced through the Commercial defence and slotted past Buck again to make it 3-1.

Jamie Fowler’s speculative shot from just inside his own half sailed over Pickard to put Commercial back into contention, but Sun’s defence held firm, with left-back Danny Birley named as man of the match for the hosts.

Keeper Buck was Commercial’s star man, with Fowler also in fine form.

West Pier Reserves also secured their spot in the final four with a 5-2 triumph at Wreyfield, despite playing most of the first half with one man missing.

Pier kicked off with only 10 players, but they still took the lead when midfielder Nick Bell headed in from two yards. The visitors then doubled their lead when young Romanian striker Ady Ungernaeu smashed in a first-time shot from 18 yards after good approach play from Bell.

Pier’s 11th player, Mike Keld, arrived before half-time, but Wreyfield equalised on the stroke of half-time through Jamie Hartley.

The hosts scored, again through their skipper Hartley, minutes into the second half to give them hope of victory.

Pier soon put paid to this revival, with Ungernaeu setting up Bell to make it 3-2.

The Romanian youngster then created another chance for Bell, and the right-sided midfielder accepted the opportunity to complete his hat-trick.

Man of the match Ungernaeu also had a hand in the final goal, as his shot was parried by the Wreyfield keeper, allowing Daz Lewis to smack in Pier’s fifth.

Fylingdales eased into the semis with a 5-1 home win against Pirates.

Jake Faichney opened the scoring for the hosts, but Pirates soon levelled from the penalty spot.

Faichney then scored his second, also from the penalty spot.

Andrew Heselton put the villagers 3-1 ahead early in the second half, beating three Pirates players before sliding the ball past the keeper.

Man of the match Faichney then completed his hat-trick with a powerful long-range shot that fizzed into the top-right corner of the net.

Heselton sealed the win with his second, again from the penalty spot after Andy McGreavey had been fouled.

Itis Itis coasted to a 12-0 home win against 10-man Heslerton to complete the line-up of semi-finalists.

Man of the match Isaac Sands led the way for Matthew Hobson’s team with four goals.

Luke Chambers, Gavin Wood and Corey Scott all banged in a brace of goals while Hobson and Mark Oldroyd also notched.

Oldroyd played well in central midfield for the victors, while Sam Barker also impressed.