WHILE RCD interest in West Riding County Cups came to an end, two teams are carrying the flag for the league in the Sheffield County Cup.
Upperthong and Silkstone both won their semi-finals to set up an all Huddersfield final – the first time the league has provided both finalists.
Worksop Town provided stern opposition for title-chasing Upperthong, whose hopes suffered a major setback when Max Berry suffered an ankle injury in the first minute.
But, although the influential centre back could take no further part, Upperthong regrouped and eventually went on to secure a 1-0 victory thanks to a Richard Marshall strike deep into extra-time.
Silkstone had to make the long journey to Haslam in Derbyshire for their semi-final encounter with Spire Rangers and their route to the final followed a similar course, with the only goal of the game arriving in extra-time.
The final will be played at 11am on Sunday, April 11 at Hallam FC.
In the RCD Under 13 Cup, the semi-final between Netherton and Wyke Wanderers finished 1-1 after extra-time and was decided on penalties – Netherton going through 3-2 in the shoot-out.
It was a major upset, as Netherton from the Second Division were facing undefeated opposition from the top flight.
Jay Brogan-Ellis scored to keep Netherton in the game at 1-1 as Wyke struggled to find the form that has established them as one of the leading contenders for the league title.
Extra-time came and went but neither side were able to change the scoreline, and so it was down to a dreaded penalty shoot-out to settle the issue.
Netherton grabbed victory 3-2 and now face Gomersal in the final.
Gomersal were 4-1 winners against Hepworth in their semi.
Hepworth’s road to the semis had not been easy and victories over fellow First Division rivals HAFC and YMCA provided a terrific boost.
But Hepworth’s cup dream finally came to an end when George Bradley netted three times to put the Spen Valley side firmly in control.
When Cameron Leggett added a fourth for Gomersal late in the game, there was no way back for Hepworth.
In the Under 18 Cup, Bradford United went through to final with a 6-2 win over Mount Pleasant.
Mount Pleasant’s large band of supporters were sent into raptures after just five minutes of a pulsating tie.
Akbar Dabharia gave Mount Pleasant the lead after three minutes and, when Suleman Laher doubled their advantage two minutes later, the Spen Valley side could be forgiven for thinking that this was going to be their day.
Although Bradford United, who are a feeder team for Bradford Park Avenue, managed to stem the flow and gave themselves a lifeline when Ewan Hanley-Heeley halved the deficit after 17 minutes, the outcome remained on a knife edge until deep into the second half.
Even when Isaac Nash levelled for United on the hour mark, there was little to choose between the two sides and extra-time seemed inevitable until Hanley-Heeley struck to give United a vital lead with only 10 minutes remaining.
The goal proved a crushing blow for Mount Pleasant who had given everything, and their tired legs were unable to stop the newly-inspired energy of United who went on to seal victory with another two goals from Hanley-Heeley and one from Dominic McRory.
The Under 11 semi between Golcar and Hepworth was tied 1-1 when it was abandoned after 45 minutes because of an injury to a Hepworth player.
The game will now be replayed on Sunday at Leeds Road Playing Fields (2pm).
The other semi was won by Dewsbury Rangers, 3-1 against YMCA.
Rangers inflicted a first defeat of the season on YMCA as the title rivals played out a thrilling tie.
Having drawn their only league game so far this season, there was little to choose between them, but it was Dewsbury who took their chances.
Dewsbury’s final opponents will be the winners of next week’s re-arranged semi-final between Golcar and Hepworth.
In the West Riding County Cups, Batley Under 16s lost in the semis – despite dominating 90% of their tie against Stanningley Albion.
Albion opened the scoring against the run of play after 10 minutes but, it was the Huddersfield League side that looked likely winners.
Although Albion’s defence withstood everything that was thrown at them, a win for Batley still seemed the most likely outcome as Albion began to tire in the last 10 minutes, but they were rescued by two outstanding saves and, with only their third attack of the second half, Stanningley sealed a 2-0 victory with seconds remaining.
This weekend’s semi-finals are at Leeds Road Playing Fields.
Under 11 – Golcar United v Hepworth United (2.00).
Under 12 – HAFC v Westend Lions, Dewsbury Rangers v YMCA (both 11.00).
Under 14 – Ossett Town v Brighouse Town, Kirkheaton v Deighton (both 11.00).
Under 17 – Clifton Rangers v Guiseley (2.00).