Newlands battle back to beat Traf in Senior semi-final

Newlands battled back from 2-0 down at half-time to beat title-chasers Trafalgar in the Senior Cup semi-final.

Sunday, 22nd April 2018, 1:35 pm
Updated Sunday, 22nd April 2018, 1:51 pm
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Traf went ahead after only 10 minutes through a neat finish from Tyson Stubbings and when Alex Sheader's bullet header made it 2-0 10 minutes later the visitors looked to be easing into the cup final.

Newlands stirred into life after the interval and pulled a goal back when Kile Fields' 70th-minute corner sailed over the head of Traf keeper Liam Vasey.

Another Fields corner caused more confusion 10 minutes from time, and after a scramble in the goalmouth Jordan Philliskirk forced the ball home to level the scores and set up an exciting finale.

With just three minutes remaining, Newlands fired at the Traf goal, the gloveman failed to hang onto it and Kurtis Henderson, who had been moved up front from his usual central midfield berth by boss Joe Hakings, slotted in the winner for the home side.

Hakings said: "Everyone played very well, but the pick of the team was right-back Chris Mann who had an excellent game."

Traf boss Col Jenkinson said: "A lack of substitutes and two poor refereeing decisions cost us today, we just ran out of steam midway through the second half.

"We aren't downbeat and are looking forward to our remaining games."

Valley remain on track for a Division Two title decider with Hush in their final game of the season after claiming a 3-1 home win against Newlands Reserves.

A scrappy goal from Adam Hartmann, after a goalmouth scramble, put Valley ahead in the first half but Newlands pulled a goal back before the interval through Alfie Cotterill.

Ben Kristensen's team stepped up a gear after half-time, and restored their lead on the hour mark when skipper Greg Dixon headed in a long pass from Andrew Roebuck.

The points were effectively sealed 15 minutes from time when Paul Nuttall finished neatly at the far post.

Man of the match for Valley was centre-back Josh Welburn, while Tyler Beck was the star man for Newlands.

Ayton Reserves secured a fine 3-0 win at a depleted Angel Athletic Reserves.

Tom Mackenzie-Fenwick put Ayton in front after fine work from Si Coupland and after the interval they doubled their lead thanks to a goal from Jamie Millar, created by Jamie Heritage.

Ayton keeper Shaun Dolan then saved an Angel spot-kick before a bullet header from Coupland from Rich Molloy's corner completed the scoring.

Right-winger Molloy was the star man for Ayton in a great team performance while Corey Towell, who usually plays in goal for Angel, impressed at centre-back for the hosts.