THREE recent past winners all made progress in the Parkers Pitches Suffolk Junior Cup on Saturday.
Bacton United 89, Ipswich Athletic and holders Stowupland Falcons all won their first-round ties.
Ipswich Athletic, the 2014-15 winners, overcame Kessingland 3-2, while 2016-17 winners Bacton United 89 emerged victorious 2-1 at Thurlow.
Stowupland Falcons started their defence of the trophy with a 2-0 home win over Wenhaston United.
Stanton hit double-figures at Bardwell Sports, while Cockfield United, Great Blakenham Chequers and Tattingstone United also had good wins.
Cavendish, last season’s losing semi-finalists, beat Bramford United by the only goal of the game, and Kesgrave Kestrels saw off Woolverstone United 3-1.
Kestrels opening goal was an own goal from Woolverstone defender Declan Lee, who then equalised with a fine header from a corner pictured above, but the home team scored twice more to go through. Photograph: Ian Smillie.
The following day saw the first-round matches in this season’s Suffolk Girls’ Youth Cups.
Parkers Pitches Suffolk Junior Cup First Round: Bardwell Sports 0 Stanton 13, Bungay Town U23 0 Great Blakenham Chequers 5, Cavendish 1 Bramford Utd 0, Exning 2 Cockfield Utd 6, Grundisburgh 1 Thurston 3, Ipswich Athletic 3 Kessingland 2, Kesgrave Kestrels 3 Woolverstone Utd 1, Stowupland Falcons 2 Wenhaston Utd 0, Tattingstone Utd 6 Clare Town 0, Thurlow 1 Bacton Utd 89 2, Waveney ‘A’ v FC Whitehorse – Home Win Walkover, Witnesham Wasps v AFC Oulton – Away Win Walkover.
Suffolk Girls’ Under-12 Cup First Round: Haverhill Rovers 3 Stowupland Falcons 0.
Suffolk Girls’ Under-13 Cup First Round: Haverhill Rovers Black 3 Brantham Athletic 0, Framlingham Town 1 Coplestonians 2.
Suffolk Girls’ Under-14 Cup First Round: Felixstowe & Walton Utd v Stowupland Falcons – Away Win Walkover, Debenham 8 Bacton Utd 89 2, Brantham Athletic Athletic 2 Ipswich Valley Rangers Whites 6, Cornard Dynamos 12 Brantham Athletic Imps 1, Ipswich Valley Rangers Blues 0 Beccles Town 7, Needham Market Phoenix v Ipswich Vale Exiles – Home Win Walkover, Coplestonians 0 Woodbridge Town 10.
Suffolk Girls’ Under-15 Cup: Group A – Bury Town 0 Haverhill Rovers 3. Group B – Needham Market 0 Saxmundham 7.
Suffolk Girls’ Under-16 Cup First Round: Haverhill Rovers 0 Capel Plough 0 – Haverhill Rovers won 5-4 on pens, Kesgrave Kestrels 2 Waveney Foxes 3.