News from the first Gledhill Cup semi-final

Just back from the ground of AFC Blackpool where last season's finalists Quilligans FC and Poulton SFC met in the first of this season's semi-finals.  As expected it was a closely fought game between two evenly matched sides but in the end it was Quilligans FC who reached the Bloomfield Road final thanks to a narrow 1-0 win.  Marc Beattie scored what proved to be the winner on 17 minutes following a one on one with Poulton keeper Andy Speight.  Poulton missed an identical chance moments earlier and over the 90 minutes Poulton created far more chances but all too often they were either mis-hit, well defended or well saved by Mark Smith in the Quills goal.  In the last ten minutes Quills shut up shop as Poulton ran out of ideas.  Congratulatons to Mark Spedding and his Quilligans side as they reached their seventh Gledhill final on the bounce.  Next week, same time, same place it will be Fleetwood Gym FC v Wrea Green FC looking to gain that remaining place in the Bloomfield Road showpiece.

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