MARSH LIB are looking forward to a big showpiece showdown with Rollinson Cup holders Huddersfield Irish Centre at Laund Hill on April 18.
Lib have often been the bridesmaids, but this time, they wrecked local rivals Lindley WMC’s hopes of setting up a repeat of last season’s final.
The wind played a big part in their semi clash and helped Adam McLachlan give Lindley a half-time lead.
But with the advantage of the elements, Marsh began to get their game together and Alex Trowell levelled five minutes into the second half.
It was end-to-end stuff, and after defending strongly, Marsh went ahead on 70 minutes when Trowell finished after a run by Nathan Inman.
Inman then scored himself with eight minutes left to put the tie beyond doubt – much to the delight of Lib’s bench and their loyal supporters.
Irish Centre also came from behind to keep their cup defence on course with a 10-2 win over Wellington Westgate.
Again the weather played its part, with Wellington notching twice in the first 10 minutes through Alan Augustine and Dominic Harris.
Wellington twice went close to extending their lead, but on the half hour, Keiran Ryan scrambled home an Irish reply.
They also had a goal disallowed and an effort cleared off the line before half-time.
Irish were in front inside 10 minutes of the second half thanks to two further goals from Ryan.
But it wasn’t until the last 25 minutes that they ran away with the tie through a fourth for Ryan, a hat trick by Adam Bell and goals from Adam Wilson, Steve Perrin and Ryan Buckley.
In the day’s only league game, Golcar Con heaped on the misery for basement side Leeds Road Wanderers by beating them 9-1.
Chris Cornelly (4), Tom McCreadie (3), Pierce Walker and Martin Allison scored for the Colne Valley side with Dale Joy replying for Leeds Road, who deserve credit for battling on this season.