|Blackpool Wren Rovers FC, Collins Park and Commonedge Road were today's venues. Three Quarter-Finals were on offer in the Premier/Division 1 Cup.|
At Blackpool Wren Rovers FC home side the Dunes FC were at home to the Devonshire Arms FC in the last eight of the Premier/Division 1 Cup. It's a little known statistic but the Dunes have only lost one game in nearly six months when they were beaten 6-1 at the end of February by Poulton SFC. True, they haven't played many matches in that time due to the bad weather but last week's 3-1 win away at Northern Care showed that they've turned the corner. The Devonshire Arms have suffered Cup disappointment in recent weeks but after having only played six games they have everything still to play for in the league. The Dunes are in the blue and white. I stayed for the first half an hour. It was an evenly matched thirty minutes which stayed at 0-0. It was still 0 – 0 after 90 minutes but in extra time the Devonshire Arms FC went on to win 3-0 setting up a semi-final against either FC Eden or Blackpool Rangers FC.
The Devonshire Arms FC kick off
Wayne Gardiner on the ball
Safely shepherded back to the keeper
'Get at him'
Marco Cobb (Left) and Martin Ogier
Danny Whittaker (left)
The drag back
On to Collins Park where home side Quilligans FC were hosting Division 1 side Bloomfield Vets FC. In recent seasons the format of the Premier Division and Division 1 Cups had become tired and frankly uninteresting with some teams reaching the semis having only played one game. When the new format was put forward this was exactly the kind of fixture we were hoping for. The Vets have been in good form as they've put together seven straight wins. Quilligans FC were last beaten in mid September and hadn't conceded a goal for four games. Quilligans were in the blue strip. At half time it was only 1-0 and the Vets were still in the game but Quills are a good team playing into the wind and eventually reached the semi-finals after a 3-0 victory.
Referee John Hay
William Watt in the blue shirt of Quilligans FC
Boal v Gouck – tasty midfield battle
Jordan Spedding's penalty is tipped around the post by the Bloomfield keeper to keep it at 1-0
Another good take – this time the high ball
Chris Morris on the ball
Tom Porter (Right)
Mark Spedding – not too happy with the opening 45 minutes
Bloomfield Vets FC manager Duncan Gouck
Scott Sugden on the ball late in the second half
Across the dyke on Pitch 7 another Division 1 side was hoping to reach the semi-finals as the Shovels FC took on Poulton SFC. At half time it was 2-1 to Poulton thanks to goals from Morris D and Thompson A. That's how it stayed as Poulton reached their second semi-final of the season where they will meet Quilligans FC. The Commonedge pitches were again in excellent condition.
Shaz leaves them all in his wake
Forget the lie-in, breakfast in bed, flowers and chocolates. What better way to spend Mothers Day than braving the icy winds of Commonedge Road watching the football?
Shovels FC fan Callum Coppock out watching dad Dave.
Referee Ian Rose
Ryan Adderley (Left)
Not long left, 2-1 down in the Cup, time for a management meeting. Let's go more offensive.
Alan Thompson (Centre), Dave Coppock (Right)
Johnny Gunther (Right)
Mr Rose and Mr Cocker exchange words
………..and finally, Last season SPS FC finished rock bottom of the BFSFA. This morning they rocked leaders FC Kingsfield to stay third in the table after a run of seven straight wins. In the above picture they celebrate the all important fourth goal.