REVENGE was emphatically sweet for Leeds City who stormed into the Leeds & District FA Senior Challenge Cup semi-finals with an easy 4-0 success at Headingley AFC.
Headingley, who are fifth in Division One of the West Yorkshire League, were responsible for ending City’s County Challenge Cup bid in November but the West Yorkshire Premier side settled the score in their final game before Christmas.
Andrew Crossland’s early opener was followed by a Charles Lumley strike five minutes before the interval with subs Sean Fitzpatrick and James Hochstrasser then netting in the final five minutes.
City will now take on the winners of the January quarter-final tie between Hunslet Club and Beechwood Gate in the last four.
Carlton Athletic were given a home walkover in their Saturday quarter-final and will now play Whitkirk Wanderers in the other last-four tie.
Another highlight from a host of District Cup ties was a remarkable 21-0 victory for Hartshead at home to West End Park in a second round Heavy Woollen District FA Wheatley Cup tie. Jon Jo Keogh scored eight with Jamie Wasley adding seven, supported by a brace from Frazer Robinson plus a goal each from Liam Fox, Christopher Jackson, Marcus Newby and Liam Roche.
And the holders of the Leeds & District FA District Cup were sent tumbling out as Beeston St Anthony’s West Yorkshire League side were beaten 4-3 at Stanningley Old Boys of the Yorkshire Amateur League.
Beeston have won 10 games out of 10 in the WYL Alliance Division one and approached the fixture on a 16-match unbeaten run but were undone by goals from Craig Harris, Jake Dalley, sub Jimmy Harrop and Matt Gerraghty with a screamer. Following their sixth successive victory, Stanningley will meet the winners of the quarter-final between St Nicholas and Amaranth Crossgates Reserves.
Amaranth’s first team eased into the last eight with a 7-0 triumph at Wigton Moor Reserves thanks to braces from Ben Wilkinson, Phill Chryssanthou and Danny Blackburn plus a Reece Child strike.
Amaranth will now play the sole remaining West Yorkshire League team – Leeds City Reserves – in their quarter final. The WAL’s Old Centralians Reserves were defeated 3-1 at Alwoodley AFC Reserves, who went through thanks to a brace from Cori Hendrickson plus a Carl Hasty strike.
Yorkshire Amateur champions Ealandains moved into the semis of the Halifax District Cup with a 3-2 win at home to high-flying Halifax and District League Division One side Illingworth St Mary’s as Glyn Haley. Wayne Crossley and James Greenwood netted one each.