EMLEY MOOR and St Joseph’s will do battle in the final of the James Joseph Conlan Memorial Trophy.
The two clubs’ second teams earned the right to meet in the final of the old Supplementary Cup after impressive wins over Underbank A and St Joseph’s A respectively.
Moor powered into the final after a comprehensive 66-4 demolition of Underbank at The Cross.
The visitors were always in the driving seat, with Nick Alderson, Dan Pawson, Will Senior and Tom Beaumont all scoring twice.
Duncan Peacock, Robbie Hepworth, Karl Adamski, Danny Byrom and Oliver Davidson added one each and Adamski, who led the team superbly in attack, landed seven goals.
And St Joseph’s A emulated their first team to beat their counterparts from Slaithwaite, 42-24, to progress to a Cup final.
Joe’s started four points behind under the competition’s handicap system.
But that had been wiped out by half-time as tries from Steve O’Keefe, Phil Drain and Sam Hendrick, who also added four goals, gave the visitors a 20-14 interval advantage.
In the second half, Joe’s continued to dominate, adding further scores from John Costello, Craig Lee, Darren Kelly and Hendrick, who converted three of the tries to finish with a personal haul of 22 points from two tries and seven goals.
The side’s man-of-the-match awards went to Matthew Gratino, Hendrick and Kelly.
It was also a good day for the first teams of St Joseph’s and Emley Moor as they chalked up excellent wins in the Pennine League.
In the Premier Division, Joe’s maintained their good form with a hard-fought 30-14 victory at Queensbury.
There was little to separate the sides in the opening period as the visitors led 10-8 thanks to two tries from Richard Aka and a Rob Joyce conversion.
Joe’s stepped up a gear in the second half, adding further tries through Aka to finish with four (to make it 21 for the season), Jimmy Folan and Simon Lyles.
Man-of-the-match was centre Matt Johnson, closely followed by fellow centre Ben Lewis and Folan, while there was a highly encouraging debut from young prop Marc Chatten, whop tore into the Queensbury forwards all game.
There was also victory for Moor in Division I as they powered to a 34-10 home triumph over King Cross Park.
Led magnificently in the pack by the Southwell brothers – Darren, Jason and Marcus – and the in-form Simon Adamski, the home side were dominant throughout.
By half-time they had built up a 22-0 lead thanks to two tries from Jason, one from Marcus and another from the fit-again Daniel Bedford, and three Michael Lang.
Then after the break, Matthew Johnson and Michael Lang added further tries to seal an excellent win in which veteran centre Andy Radley showed up well off the substitutes’ bench.