Semi Final 27/12/20 @ Hampden Road
Swinton Athletic 3 Dog Daisy 0
Holders Swinton Athletic are through to the final and a chance to become the outright top Montagu Cup club as the competition nears its 125 year milestone.
Sunday League side Dog Daisy were playing without five players who had elected to represent Swinton in the competition. Despite this, it was an even contest in the opening stages - although the match failed to flow due to a succession of aggressive fouls.
On 32 minutes, Curt Wilkinson's free-kick found Justin Greenwood who provided the cross for Jon Billups to head home from a yard out. Ten minutes later it was Greenwood again who laid on for Sam Hanna to slot home from close range, with the key pass in the build up from Shawn Mitchell.
In the second half, Dog Daisy left more gaps for Swinton to attack as they tried to reduce the deficit. The industrious Tommy Needham and tricky Jake Phillis provided most of the endeavour.
Hanna's shot from range was tipped on to the crossbar by Ben Dring with only Enzo Guarini reacting to the possibility that it was dropping back into play - clattering into the post as he bundled the ball in.
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Billups with the opening goal
Guarini with the 3rd goal.
Semi Final 28/12/20 @ Hampden Road
Joker 3 AFP 3
Joker win on penalties
2019 Mont winners Joker clawed back a 2 goal deficit to overcome their Rotherham Sunday League rivals, setting up a final against the 2020 winners Swinton Athletic.
Alan Smith slotted home for AFP after 18 minutes, latching on to a cross from Brandon Bagley. Jamie Austin almost made it 2-0 with a free-kick that Steve Mcdonnell headed clear off the line.
Joker were pushing forward more than AFP without creating clear cut chances. This continued in the second half but it was AFP that scored when Bagley converted a flicked on free-kick 6 minutes in.
Joker continued to pile on the pressure with Craig Nelthorpe slipping at a vital moment when clean through. On 54 minutes Alex Hardwick pulled one back for Joker after Jack Owen's shot was parried out.
Four minutes later it was 2-2. Nelthorpe's deep cross found an unmarked Brad Morton at the back post to head home.
Nelthorpe began to dominate proceedings creating numerous chances with pin-point left-footed crosses. On 77 minutes one of these crosses found Steve Mcdonnell who scored to give Joker the lead.
Joel Spence was impressive for Joker as they looked for a fourth goal - Owen's shot hitting the bar and bouncing down close to the line. From this AFP launced a counter-attack leading to a free-kick, which Austin curled in to the top corner to make it 3-3 with the best goal of the game.
The remaining 4 minutes played out and then it was straight to penalties. Joker missed their first two penalties (one saved by Ben Brunt), but then scored the next five to win the sudden death shoot out.
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Morton makes it 2-2 with a header.
Jamie Bailey saves an AFP penalty in the shoot-out
Smart parking helped these to overcome the spectator ban.
Dog Daisy 7 Monkwood 3
Joker v Wombwell Main
Robin Hood 1 Swinton Athletic 4
AFP 6 Westville 1
Caulfield 0 AFP 11
Cafe Sport 0 Robin Hood 6
Monkwood 13 Cross Keys 1
Westville 4 Mexborough Athletic 1
Wickersley 1 Swinton Athletic 4
Dearne Tap 2 Joker 7
Birdwell Rovers v Wombwell Main
The Cottage v Dog Daisy Utd
Castle Bar 2 Mexborough Athletic 7
Swinton Over 35s 3 Cafe Sport 3
Cafe Sport win 4 2 on penalties