Cup round-up: Beeston book final place at Elland Road after seeing off rivals in semi

Beeston St Anthony's 'John Mallinson.
Beeston St Anthony's 'John Mallinson.
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Beeston st Anthony’s booked a date at Elland Road with a 3-0 defeat of league rivals Robin Hood Athletic in the Leeds and District Senior Challenge Cup semi-final at Bracken Edge, writes LEE SOBOT.

Beeston survived early claims for a potentially crucial handball when Lee Turnbull fell on the ball as the last man. The Saints then took the lead after the break through a left-foot strike from John Mallinson from eight yards after a Stephen Crawford free-kick.

Beeston doubled their lead quickly when Joe Wood was felled in the Athletic area and Crawford stepped up to hammer home the penalty from 12 yards.

Saints then bagged their third goal of the evening when James Allan fired home a 20-yard thunderbolt with 25 minutes left.

Beeston will play the winners of tomorrow night’s second semi-final between Headingley AFC and Real Moor. Headingley sit fifth-bottom in the West Yorkshire Premier Division while Real Moor have won seven games out of seven in the Wakefield League Premier.

In the District Cup, Beeston St Anthony’s Reserves will take on Leeds City Reserves in the final at Bracken Edge on Wednesday, April 12.

As far as the West Riding County FA Challenge Cup is concerned, West Yorkshire League leaders Carlton Athletic will take on Ryburn United in the first Woodlesford semi-final next Wednesday, April 5.

The second semi-final will see Boroughbridge take on Steeton two weeks later on Wednesday, April 19. The final will be on Wednesday, May 10.

In the County Challenge Trophy, Shelf will face Real Moor in the first semi-final on Wednesday, April 26.

The second semi-final will be between Meltham Athletic and Field Reserves and played on Wednesday, May 3.

The final will be on Wednesday, May 24.