Barrington Print HFA Men’s County Challenge Cup
In the first of the semi-finals Hereford FC led 1-0 at half time against Pegasus Firsts thanks to a Mo Faal deflected shot. Pegasus showed composure to draw level as Kyle Panniers converted from the penalty spot soon after half time however no upset was on the cards as Hereford found the net twice more, firstly through an own goal after Sam Fitzpatrick played a clever cross into the box and then Ryan McLean rounded up the win with a third goal in the 90th minute.
Deciding the other finalist saw an all-Herefordshire County League match. Hartpury University travelled to serial winners of the County League Premier Division, Clee Hill United. Hartpury who has proved strong opposition to most this season produced another impressive display, with Dion Ellis-Clark scoring a hat trick along the way, as Hartpury claimed the victory 5-1.
Final: Hereford FC v Hartpury University FC: Tuesday 26th April, 7:45pm KO, Edgar Street, HR4 9JU.
Barrington Print HFA Women’s County Cup
Gloucester City Development of the Herefordshire FA Development League hosted Pegasus Ladies in the first of the semi-finals and it was the Midwest Counties League side that made light work of the match scoring 7 goals against the hosts with no reply easing their way into the final.
Westfields Women host the new formed Marden Fusion in the second semi-final which has been rearranged for Sunday 20th March after poor weather & pitch conditions caused the original fixture to be postponed.
Final: Pegasus Ladies v Westfields Women OR Marden Fusion: Wednesday 4th May, 7:30pm KO, Edgar Street, HR4 9JU.
Barrington Print HFA Giantkillers Cup
Kidderminster Harriers booked their place in the final of the U18 boys County Cup competition after getting past Pegasus. Just one goal scored on the night, but it was enough for Kidderminster Harriers to make their trip home knowing they will be back at Edgar Street in April to defend the title they won the previous year.
Gloucester City U18s will be the team looking to stop back to back trophy lifts of the Giantkillers Cup as they overcame Pershore Town in the other semi-final 3-1. Gloucester City, like their final opponents, will be no strangers to the Edgar Street pitch as they return to the ground where they beat Hereford FC U18s earlier in the competition.
Final: Kidderminster Harriers U18s v Gloucester City U18s: Wednesday 6th April, 7:45pm KO, Edgar Street, HR4 9JU.
Infinity Care Consultancy HFA Charity Bowl
Two thrilling tight semi finals took place in early February as Hereford Pegasus Reserves faced County League newcomers Welland FC and table topping Hartpury University travelled to a Ledbury Town team who caused upset when beating higher graded opposition in the County Challenge Cup.
In a physical high-pressured contest, it was Pegasus Reserves who eventually took a commanding 3-0 lead during the second half of their semi-final, which included Carl Horton scoring a sweetly hit 35-yard volley. However, Welland battled back with two goals which lead to a nervy finish for Pegasus who did manage to hold onto their lead and win the match.
In a closely contested fixture, with a big atmosphere from the many people looking on from around the ground, Ledbury & Hartpury couldn’t be separated after 90 minutes, King Baidoo scoring for Hartpury with Josh Burns doing so for the home side, meaning the match went to penalties. James Loader in the Ledbury goal made the break through with a tremendous save, allowing Josh Burns to find the net once again with the winning penalty, to take Ledbury Town through to the Charity Bowl final and add another impressive victory to their name.
Final: Hereford Pegasus Reserves v Ledbury Town Firsts: Wednesday 11th May, 7:45pm KO, SSAFA County Ground, HR4 9NA.
Bluefin Sport HFA Junior Cup
In what has to be one of the most competitive of all the County Cups saw Worcester United travel to County League Division One rivals Tenbury Town. The away side have continued their impressive form of last season in both league and cup competition and although Tenbury Town had their moments in the match it was Worcester United that won the fixture 5-2, Benjamin Morgan with the stand out performance, scoring two and assisting two.
Worcester’s opponent in the final will be another Division One team in Ross Juniors Firsts. Ross who themselves show a good league record over the past two seasons received the win against Holme Lacy Reserves.
Final: Worcester United Firsts v Ross Juniors Firsts: Saturday 21st May, 2:00pm KO, SSAFA County Ground, HR4 9NA.
Your Herefordshire HFA Youth Cup
Lads Club Rhinos and Westfields have had to wait a long time for the eagerly anticipated final. It was back in December when Lads Club cruised into a 4-0 half time lead against Pegasus and eventually came out winners of the match 5-2. While Westfields inflicted the same punishment to Ledbury Swifts as Ledbury did to their opponents in the previous round, racking up 10 goals to earn their spot in the U16 Boys County Cup final.
Final: Lads Club Rhinos U16s v Westfields FC U16s: Wednesday 20th April, 7:30pm KO, SSAFA County Ground, HR4 9NA.
Your Herefordshire HFA U14 Girls County Cup
On a windy Sunday afternoon Tupsley Vixens ran away comfortable winners of the all Tupsley semi-final beating their club counterparts 5-1.
A waterlogged pitch in the other fixture between Ross Juniors & Belmont Wanderers meant the match being delayed until Sunday 3rd April.
Final: Tupsley Vixens v Ross Juniors OR Belmont Wanderers: Friday 6th May, 7:30pm KO, SSAFA County Ground, HR4 9NA.
Your Herefordshire HFA U16 Girls County Cup
In one of those strange coincidental type moments that cup draws bring about every so often the four semi-finalists were the same clubs that reached the U14 semi finals and once again it brought about a Tupsley v Tupsley scenario, with Tupsley Girls of the Gloucestershire league beating their Herefordshire league clubmates 4-1.
While we must wait to see the result of the U14 Ross Juniors v Belmont Wanderers fixture, the corresponding U16 fixture was played to its conclusion on 13th March. In a tight first half where both teams created chances it was Ross Juniors that took their opportunity to lead 1-0 at half time and then followed that through in the second to hold out for victory eventually winning the competitive match 2-1.`
Final: Ross Juniors Colts v Tupsley Girls: Friday 13th May, 7:30pm KO, SSAFA County Ground, HR4 9NA.