EMLEY Moor produced one of their best performances in years to win 34-20 at holders St Joseph’s and march into the semi-finals of the Holliday Cup.
The tie promised to be a tough one for the First Division Moor, even though their Premier Division hosts had been struggling to find their best form in recent weeks.
But with the visiting pack almost immediately taking control and centres Ben Adamson and Daniel Pawson causing problems out wide, Emley were soon on the front foot.
Richard Sharpe set his side on their way with a try converted by Karl Adamski before Jason Southwell extended their lead to 10 points with a typically strong score.
Joe’s response couldn’t have been better, however, and three quickfire tries and two goals gave them the advantage at 16-10.
Darren Southwell did hit back with a third Moor try, again goaled by Adamski, to level the scores, but on the stroke of half-time top-flight Joe’s struck again to take a 20-16 lead.
But that was as good as it got for the home side as Moor doubled their defensive effort to shut out the opposition and take the rest of the contest by storm.
They drew level after 62 minutes when Oliver Davidson crossed for his side’s fourth try and Adamski’s conversion gave his side a lead they were never to lose.
Tom Beaumont was the next to strike with a try in the corner and then Michael Lang followed up a kick to touch down for another converted score.
Adamski then banged over a last-minute penalty to put the icing on the cake of a superb Emley Moor triumph.