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Carlsberg West Cheshire League: Villa reach semis after derby upset
SEMI-FINALISTS for Wirral & District FA's Senior Cup were resolved on Saturday and pride of place belonged to consistent West Cheshire League Division Two outfit Capenhurst Villa, who took the prized scalp of Division One counterparts and cup holders Vauxhall Motors Reserves following a keenly-contested South Wirral derby.
A Danny Carter double was supplemented by further efforts from Simon Thelwell and Jack Shepperd as Cape posted an impressive 4-1 result.
Extra time was required before West Kirby got the better of local rivals Newton when two goals from Dave Bowe and a Stuey Jackson effort anchored Kirby to a 3-1 success.
Cup favourites Maghull accounted for Manor Athletic by the same margin thanks to Mike Cummins, Stephen King and an own-goal.
At Kirklands Mallaby completed the quartet of semi-finalists following a fine 4-3 victory over Cammell Laird Reserves. Jordan Costello (2), Darren Thomas and Gerard Mullen were the marksmen.
In the District FA's Amateur Cup first round Steve Duckers and Kevin Campbell applied the finishing touches as Bebington Athletic beat Maghull Reserves 2-0, but Neston Nomads' progress was interrupted after they went down 3-2 at home to Woodlands Santos.
Robbie Black and James Harris both bagged doubles, and were joined on the score sheet by Connor Murphy, as Ashville Reserves humbled Capenhurst Villa Reserves 5-0.
Chester Nomads recorded their third win inside eight days and secured their passage to the Chester & District FA's Senior Cup second round after a Simon Andrews double, together with singles from Joe Cossins and Shamin Ali, inspired them to a 4-0 decision over Deva Athletic.
Form side Blacon Athletic were indebted to a solitary effort from Ryan Nicholl, which curtailed Upton AA's interests, while doubles from Darren Coyle and James Stephenson sparked Christleton to a 5-2 win against Tarporley Vics.
Simon Meredith and Tommy Hughes plundered the goals as Southport Trinity eclipsed Longbridge Town 2-1 in the Liverpool County FA Shield second round, and in the LCFA Junior Cup first round, a two-goal blast from Curtis Cummins was enough, as South Liverpool Reserves won 2-1 at Cheshire Lines.
On the domestic scene, South's senior side also had cause for celebration, after Cameron Dalton (2) and Carl Gargan found the net in a hard fought 3-2 victory at Mossley Hill Athletic.
That result saw the second-placed challengers move to within three points of leaders Maghull, in the Division One title chase.
Fourth-placed Ashville cranked up their challenge, after they won 4-2 at Heswall, courtesy of efforts from Kevin Fitzsimmons (2), Paul Howell and Carl Murphy.
Saturday's Division Two action saw Helsby re-establish themselves as leaders after goals from Gary Jones, Tommy Hodnet and Matty Johnson helped them to a 3-2 verdict over Gateacre Village.
Phil Duncan was a three-goal star who shone for Mossley Hill Athletic Reserves in their 5-1 blitz of Mersey Royal, and Sam Gifford followed suit with a hat-trick for Prescot Cables Reserves in a thrilling 5-5 stalemate with Heswall Reserves.
Craig Blackwell, Craig Stirling and Dave Critchley netted for Redgate Rovers in their 3-1 win against West Kirby Reserves, while Richmond Raith RR Mags' 2-0 victory over Marshalls was confirmed by a goal apiece from Danny Powell and Phil Thompson.
Unbeaten Hale Reserves reduced the deficit at the top of Division Three to a single point when Danny Murphy, Sam Sullivan and Anthony Terry hit the target in a 3-1 triumph at second placed St. Helens Town Reserves.
A John Cheetham double proved a telling contribution for Bootle Res., in their 4-2 win at Marshalls Reserves, as did Liam Sumner's brace as Ford Motors won 4-0 at Merseyside Police.
Youth Division leaders Bootle Youth maintained their 100% record when Steve Clarke, James Ludgate and Dominic McGiveron netted in Saturday's 3-0 win at South Liverpool Youth.
Elsewhere, another unblemished record was safeguarded after nearest rivals Vauxhalls Youth beat Widnes Vikings Youth with a single strike from Craig Ellis.
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