Stirzaker settles cup clash

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In THE Black Dragon Senior Challenge Cup third round, Storeys and TIC Dynamos served up a first half of good flowing football with the Dynamos having most of the possession and being slightly the better side.

With just 15 minutes gone, both sides had two decent chances but failed to score.

TIC Dynamos won a penalty when Jonathon Pedder, for some unknown reason, made a rash tackle bringing down Mark Wiggins just inside the penalty area.

The penalty was very poor and was easily saved by Gavin Beacham. Dynamos still played good open football and created a lot of half chances but could not convert.

Storeys, who had six key players missing, also had chances but again they were wasted.

The second half continued in the same vein but it was Storeys who broke the deadlock when Steven Stirzaker scored to put his side into round four where they will entertain the winners of the Carnforth Rangers/Slyne-with-Hest tie.

In the Sam Price Memorial Challenge Cup first round, Ingleton sprung a surprise when they beat a young Bowerham/Furness side 2-1.

Bowerham threatened to overrun Ingleton in the early stages but Ingleton hung on.

Ingleton are great cup fighters and got back into the game, Andy Strachan and Philip Easterby made the score 1-1.

Ingleton had more possession in a tight second half but it was Bowerham that had the easiest chances.

As time was running out it looked as though one further goal would win the game and it turned out that way when, with just five minutes remaining, Ingleton won a corner on their left–hand side. The corner was brilliantly turned into the net with a deft header from Philip Easterby, the ball going in the net via the far post.

Bowerham roared back looking for the equaliser and should have scored three times in the last few minutes.

See the Lancaster Guardian (18-02-11) for full story.