WEEKEND 18/19th APRIL

THREE YMCA TEAMS REACH CUP FINALS. DOUBLE HAT TRICKS FOR TWO YMCA PLAYERS

Three YMCA teams clinched cup final places with semi final victories over the weekend. On Saturday our Under 10s Boys beat Kirkham away by a 7-1 aggregate scoreline. All the goals came in the B game after the A game had ended goalless. On the Sunday our 15s Boys took on St Annes FC at Stanley Park Arena where we finished up 6-1 winners, Ross Hart bagging a couple of our goals. Over at Burnley our 11s Girls were involved in a thrilling encounter in their NVBGL Cup semi final tie against Feniscowles & Pleasington. Despite going behind early in the game we recovered well to take a 4-2 lead into half time. The end-to-end action continued throughout the second half before we eventually emerged 6-4 winners with Ellie Etheridge bagging all six of our goals. Reaching the cup final in the team's first ever season is a great achievement by the girls and congratulations also to managers Roger De Nobrega and Chris McNally. Our 16s Boys have already claimed a Hogan Cup final place to take place at Bloomfield Rd next month

Another YMCA player to achieve a double hat trick this weekend was Rio Louth for our Under 12s who beat St Annes FC 9-0 at Blackpool Rd North in a league game, all his six goals coming in the 2nd half. Our Under 11s Boys had an excellent 5-0 victory over Poulton Youth at Cottam Hall, a result which makes now them favourites to clinch the league's runners spot. At Seafield Rd our Under 13s Boys looked like claiming all three points against BJFF Blacks. After a goalless first half a 20yd strike by Jake Oldendorp put us in front but the visitors grabbed an equaliser in the closing minutes to earn a 1-1 draw.