HENLEY Athletic will face Ipswich Wanderers in the semi-finals of the CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup.
The Macron SIL Senior Division side defeated Ipswich Town Under-18s 2-1 before a good-sized crowd at the Community Centre on Saturday to reach the last four of the competition for the second season in a row.
Henley had to come from behind after Ola Bello’s superb strike gave the visitors the lead, with Clark Bruce equalising from the penalty spot before the break and Jamie Cowan netting the second-half winner.
They will take on Thurlow Nunn League Division One North side Ipswich Wanderers in their semi-final tie at the Millfield, home of Hadleigh United FC, on Friday, March 20th.
Crane Sports will meet fellow SIL side Coplestonians in the other semi-final at Bloomfields, home of Needham Market FC, on the same evening.
Jamie Cowan (No.11) fires home the winner for Henley Athletic past Ipswich Town Under-18 goalkeeper Antoni Bort as team-mate Ross White (No.7) looks on. Main photograph: Ipswich Town’s Zanda Siziba (blue shirt) in possession as the visitors press for an equaliser.
The semi-final line-up is now also complete in the McDonald’s Suffolk Primary Cup after Saturday’s four quarter-final ties all went ahead.
Elmswell, Ipswich Exiles and Melton United all enjoyed home wins, with Leiston A the only away side to go through following a 1-0 win at Kesgrave Kestrels.
The draw for the semi-finals will be held during this week’s Non-League hour on the Thursday Night Sports Social on BBC Radio Suffolk from 8.30pm.
Gym United became the first side to reach a county cup final this season, albeit they needed penalties to beat Borussia Martlesham in the newly-named Rushmere Golf Club Suffolk Sunday Cup. The two teams met at the same stage of the competition last season, with Gym United winning 6-1.
This time they played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at Debenham Leisure Centre, before the holders progressed to the final 5-4 on penalties.
The other semi-final, between Brandon Town Community and Kitchener Taverners fell foul of a waterlogged pitch at Bury Town FC following overnight rain.
The tie has been rescheduled for this coming Sunday, March 15th at the same venue but this time with a 2.30pm kick-off.
Just like the McDonald’s Suffolk Primary Cup, the quarter-finals of the Suffolk Sunday Shield also produced four clear-cut results on the day.
Again, there were three home wins – for Baltic United, Rushmere & Diamonds and Sizewell Argyle – while Haverhill & Hove Albion, last season’s runners-up in the Suffolk Sunday Trophy, won 5-3 at Great Blakenham Chequers.
The semi-finals will see Rushmere & Diamonds line-up against Baltic United and Haverhill & Hove Albion take on Sizewell Argyle this coming Sunday at venues to be confirmed, kick-offs 10.30am.
Holders Whitton United booked their place in the final four of this season’s Suffolk Veterans’ Cup thanks to a 5-0 win away to ETC Lowestoft on Sunday afternoon. They will now play Bury Town in the semi-finals on Sunday, March 29th.
The draw for the Suffolk Boys’ Under-18 Midweek Cup will also take place during the Non-League hour on this week’s TNSS on BBC Radio Suffolk.
Holders AFC Sudbury moved seamlessly into the semi-finals of the Suffolk Boys’ Under-18 Midweek Cup courtesy of a 7-1 success at home to Kirkley & Pakefield.
They are joined by Needham Market, 4-1 winners at Hadleigh United, but the other two quarter-final ties were postponed, so six teams will be in the draw.
Suffolk Boys’ Under-18 Midweek Cup Quarter-Final: AFC Sudbury 7 Kirkley & Pakefield 1.
Suffolk Boys’ Under-18 Midweek Cup Quarter-Final: Hadleigh Utd 1 Needham Market 4.
Suffolk Boys’ Under-18 Midweek Cup Quarter-Final: Ipswich Town Under-16s v Waveney at Waveney FC – postponed, Stowmarket Town v Long Melford – postponed.
CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup Quarter-Final: Henley Athletic 2 Ipswich Town Under-18s 1.
McDonald’s Suffolk Primary Cup Quarter-Finals: Elmswell 3 Brandon Town Res 1, Ipswich Exiles 4 Cavendish 2, Kesgrave Kestrels 0 Leiston A 1, Melton Utd 3 Kedington 0.
Rushmere Golf Club Suffolk Sunday Cup Semi-Finals: Brandon Town Community v Kitchener Taverners at Bury Town FC – postponed, waterlogged pitch, Gym Utd 3 Borussia Martlesham 3 – Gym Utd won 5-4 on pens.
Suffolk Sunday Shield Quarter-Finals: Baltic Utd 4 The Exchange 2, Great Blakenham Chequers 3 Haverhill & Hove Albion 5, Rushmere & Diamonds 3 Hardwick 0, Sizewell Argyle 3 Bungay Town 1.
Suffolk Veterans Cup Quarter-Final: ETC Lowestoft 0 Whitton Utd 5.
Crown Imperial Suffolk Boys’ Under-14 Plate Quarter-Final: Whitton Utd 3 Moreton Hall Athletic 4.