Victory and Bohemians book cup final places

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The first of two consecutive weekends of cup semi-finals saw the two final berths in the Tyneside Amateur Challenge Shield down for decision, with Gosforth Bohemian Reserves hosting holders North Shields Athletic Reserves, and Hazlerigg Victory travelling to West Jesmond.

At Jesmond the scores were level until just before half-time, when Victory drew first blood through Richard Coulson. The prolific Dale Pearson added a brace of his own after the break before a late penalty from Douglas Cranston saw West Jesmond salvage a consolation.

Hazlerigg will face Bohemians after they triumphed in a seven-goal thriller at Benson Park. Dean Keith, Andy Thompson, Paul Mulhearn and sub Adam Sirrett netted for Gosforth, with Bradley Smith, Louis Lawson and Maksims Zaborovs on the scoresheet for Shields.

Bohs and Hazlerigg will also meet next weekend in the semi-final of the Neville Cowey Cup.

In the league, three of the bottom five sides won. Newcastle East End came away from high-flying Forest Hall YPC with an impressive 2-0 win, with Scott Parker and Andrew Wood their marksmen.

Newcastle Medicals beat Stobswood Welfare 1-0 thanks to a John Devine strike.

Newcastle Chemfica Reserves were also celebrating after a 4-1 win at Ponteland United Reserves. Ellis Bowman and Connor Quinn both bagged braces for Fica, with Joshua Curry netting for Pont, who face Stobswood in the other Neville Cowey Cup semi-final next week.

Bedlington Juniors went goal crazy at Lindisfarne Custom Planet Reserves, running out 8-2 winners. Andy McLennan added a pair of goals to last week’s hat-trick, with Ethan Paige also celebrating twice. Dean Fitch, Darren Percy, Alan Rowlands and Jamie Thompson scored their other goals, with Chris Conway notching twice for Lindy.

Finally, Ryton and Crawcrook Albion Reserves ran out winners in the battle of the league’s two sides from south of the Tyne. They beat Wardley 3-1 with Steven Cain scoring twice and Johnny Kirtley also on the scoresheet. Dean Kirtley scored for Wardley.