NEW Seaham Conservative Club will meet Shotton Builders Warehouse in the Second Division League Cup final.
The division’s top two both progressed with narrow semi-final successes.
New Seaham had to work hard to sink Hetton Fox and Hounds 2-1, thanks to goals from Dan Gibson and Jonathan Roberts, with Keith Finch netting the reply.
In the other semi-final, Builders Warehouse had to wait until extra time to secure a 3-2 victory over battling Trimdon Colliery Royal Albion. Adam Croft and Neil Luke struck for Albion, but Karl Garside and subs Dave Wilson and Tom Hunter steered Shotton through.
The First Division League Cup semi-finals were equally tight.
Kieran Purvis’s goal was enough to see Easington Southside home 1-0 against South Hetton Cricket Club, keeping them on course for a league and cup double.
Their final opponents will be Seaham Phoenix, who beat Easington Welfare 2-1 with efforts from Dave Laing and Adam Wallace. Matthew Smith replied.
There was a surprise in the John & Pat McManus Memorial Cup quarter-finals when Easington HMS Victory, lying second in the First Division, defeated second-top Premier side Horden CW Supporters Club 4-3.
Victory just had the better cutting edge on the day and goals from Thomas Bott, Phil Harriman, Carl Price and Michael Stuart saw them reach the last four, while Rob Taylor, John Bowes and Mick Robson struck for Supporters.
In the Premier Division, Peterlee Helford United rallied after their surprise 1-0 defeat to Seaham The George when a brace from Michael Cain, along with efforts from Daryl Evans, Andrew Lonsdale and Stephen Bentley, saw off Seaham Island Club 5-0. Ben Stancliffe stood out for Island.
Wingate were held to a 2-2 draw by Murton Park View, for whom Liam Appleby struck twice to cancel out goals from McManus and Bruce.
Easington CIU went down 1-0 to Seaham The George, with Marc Ruddock grabbing the all-important goal.
Peterlee Catholic Club and Hetton The Tuns shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw, with Martin Peace and Chris Hugill the respective marksmen.
In the First Division, Hetton Social secured a 2-1 victory over Wingate Grange, with Robert Mayo grabbing goals to lift them away from the relegation zone. Jonathan Lee notched for Grange.
FC Easington were comfortable 5-0 winners against bottom club Peterlee Central Club, thanks to a brilliant all-round performance from Steve Brown, who notched four times.
Brown fired a hat-trick within 25 minutes to see his side cruise to another three points. Adam Bradley headed home the fifth goal, leaving Central on the brink of relegation.
Kyle Middleton’s double, along with further goals from Reece Bartram, Shaun Jackson and Steven O’Neill, paved the way for Thornley Harry’s Bar to enjoy a comfortable 5-1 success against Murton New Hesledon, whose consolation goal came from Dave Parry.
In the Second Division, Peterlee Oaklands produced an impressive all-round performance to defeat Easington Half Moon 5-2.
Karl Arkwright fired home two quick goals only for Michael Hardy to reduce the deficit.
Liam Owen and Martin Mason increased Oaklands’ lead to 4-1 before substitute Antony Ward pulled a goal back for Moon, however Craig Taylor completed the scoring with a fifth.
Acre Rigg SC beat Haswell Oddfellows Arms 3-1 thanks to a man-of-the-match performance from Dan Hall. Stuart Coxon, Scott Jackson and Chris Robinson were all on target, while Aaron Hetherington replied for Oddfellows.
Wingate Plough Inn beat Seaham Marlborough 4-1, with Kurtis Bunts firing the visitors’ consolation.