Semi-final line-ups confirmed

Rhodes Cup holders Salford Victoria marched into the semi-finals on an afternoon when the last four of all cup competitions were decided. 

Salford Victoria put paid to North Walkden’s campaign, as two early Joe Axon strikes secured an assured 2-0 win, in which they restricted their opponents to one shot on target. 

They will meet Dom Doyle in a competition involving Premier Division and Division One sides, after they recorded their own comfortable 3-0 win over Moston Brook. 

Mellor continued their imperious form with a controlled display against Stretford Paddock, triumphing 3-0, and Rochdalians’ 2-1 victory over De La Salle Reds ensured there were no shocks in the Rhodes Cup, with the semi-final involving four sides who were in the top six of the Premier Division before the regular season was curtailed. 

The Wray Cup quarter finals included two dramatic penalty shootouts. Division Two high-flyers Signol Athletic avoided a shock against Division Three leaders Hattersley by clinically prevailing 3-0 on penalties after the encounter finished 2-2. 

There will be Division Three representation in the last four as Sale Ams held their nerve in the penalty shootout after an end-to-end thriller finished 2-2. 

Mellor Reserves joined the first team in semi-final action after comfortably defeating Aldermere 4-2, and in the final quarter final, Chadderton Cott edged out Shaw Athletic to book a last four date with Sale Ams. 

The Whitehead Cup semi-finals will include three teams from Division B. The stand-out result was Irlam Tigers Rangers, who defeated Division A’s Kartel Sports 4-2 to confirm their spot. 

They will meet fellow Division B side Flixton JFC who cruised to a 4-0 victory over Dukinfield Athletic reserves. 

The favourites AFC Stockport needed a penalty shootout to see off fellow Division A outfit Mellor thirds after a 2-2 draw. 

Salford Albion will be their semi-final opposition after a nail-biting 2-1 win over Hillgate. 

AFC Stockport Warriors made it a dream weekend for the club by reaching the Hellawell Shield last four. Division C’s leading outfit recorded a comfortable 4-1 victory over Moston Brook fourths. An opening goal in the first five minutes from Milo Tarimo settled any nerves and they never looked back.

Division D leaders Irlam Tigers A were edged out 2-1 by Salford Storm, who go on to play Urmston Town Vale who edged out Greater Manchester FC in the all-Division D quarter final. It was a dramatic one too, as a Vale winner in the dying minutes guaranteed a 3-2 win.  

Radclyffe reserves ensured there would be no cup upset in their game by clinically defeating FC Bury Aces comfortably winning 3-0 to book their semi slot with AFC Stockport Warriors.

Radclyffe reserves enjoyed over FC Bury Aces

So now it’s on to neutral grounds this coming Saturday with plenty of thrills and spills as the teams look to book their final slots in the following week.