Hendon Athletic beat The Stella 4-3 in dramatic fashion to reach the Billy Pemberton Memorial Cup semi-finals.
Good goalkeeping and poor finishing brought a goalless first half, but it was a different story on the restart.
New boy Tommy Scott made an immediate impact as Athletic’s sub, setting up Adam Wasey for an excellent diving header.
It was soon 2-0 against a Stella side still boasting a 100% league record when Wasey picked the ball up on halfway, ran unchallenged and hit a 30-yard thunderbolt into the top corner.
Kris Lawton reduced the deficit with a fine finish past Craig Chapman, but Athletic restored the two-goal lead in style.
Scott gambled on a long ball and nicked it from the centre-half, boring down on goal and hitting the top corner from 25 yards with another tremendous effort past Simon Stark.
Resolute Stella still caused Hendon problems, though. Lawton again took advance of a defensive error to slot home and then he equalised, slamming home from three yards after an audacious effort came back off the bar.
Both sides had chances for a winner, but it was written in the stars for young Scott to be the hero. He raced free and had three defenders to beat but feigned right then left then right and, with an inch of space, curled a beautiful effort into the top corner for a sensational winner.
Athletic’s side dedicated the win to Billy Pemberton himself.
Wear United’s semi-final dream ended as Silksworth Catholic Club ran out 6-2 winners.
Mark Doleman nodded home a corner for Wear’s opener, but Eddie Wood levelled against the run of play.
United regained their advantage as Stuart Bowman’s fine pass found Michael Smith, who scored with aplomb, but Darren Davie quickly equalised.
Anth Brooke capitalised on an error to give Silksworth the lead, and things went from bad to worse for United Brent Brooke hit a brace before Ian Donkin’s trademark header made it six.
Jay Bewick shone for Catholic, Stephen Keogh for Wear.
Jordan Stevens was on fire for Washington Colliery, hitting four goals to sink Cherry Tree 7-1.
Kieron Pitkin responded, but Ashley Richards-Neville, Jon Roberts and Jon Rowntree made sure of Colliery’s victory.
Park View progressed in their delayed second round tie, sinking TC 7-2 to earn a clash with Mill View CIU.
Braces from Clark Robinson, Jack Callaghan and Jordon Southern had View cruising before Peter Thompson and David Tasker responded. Sub Connor Varley hit Park View’s seventh. Kyle Trott shone in TC’s goal.
Farringdon ISL won their Joe Holborn Memorial Cup tie the hard way, 3-2 at Ryhope Foresters.
They only had 10 recognised players and had to call on the aged Paul Frame and Adam Heath.
Kieran Davies put Ryhope ahead, but Ryan March and a Paul Kane penalty, after Adam Johnston was fouled, turned it around.
Dale Spence levelled after beating Frame for pace to fire home, but cream always rises to the top and mighty Farra bagged a 90th-minute winner, Graham Stephenson’s volleying in Johnston’s corner. Kyran Whitehead starred.
RCA Grangetown Florists taught Southwick a footballing lesson with a 4-0 win.
Hot-shot Andy Place bagged a hat-trick and John Turvey hit the fourth, with Leon Symonds star man. James Bamborough stood out for Southwick.
First Division Ryhope Top House gave a good account of themselves, with Craig Vincent starring, but lost 3-1 to Premier high-fliers Hylton Castle TWR.
Callum Hodgson put Hylton ahead, but Elliot Tench grabbed an unlikely equaliser. Lee Cresswell and Darren Snowbal, though, steered TWR through.
Martin Telfer Carpets battled to claim another unlikely three points to pull away from the bottom of Division Two.
Railway Club’s promotion push was swiftly halted after Steven Trotter and Calum Dury put the Carpetmen on top. Anth Rogerson pulled one back, but it was too little too late. Dan Callaghan shone for Railway.
The Victory Club edged home 3-2 against bottom club Mill View CIU.
Stephen Conlin hit a brace to cancel out James Smiles double. Michael Earles saw red for Mill and Victory Club took advantage, Scott Hunter firing the winner.
Cometh the man cometh the hour. The Chester Road Cafu, Paul Stephenson, took himself off the injury list to star in Lakeside’s 3-2 win over Pennywell Comrades.
He hit a fine brace to start the scoring before Paul Corlett and Carl Waters replied. Cafu’s cousin’ Lee Stephenson, then hit a fine winner.