Glossop NE beat Squires Gate 3-0 to reach the MEN United Cup last four.
North End progressed to the semi-finals of the NWCFL’s league cup in a relatively comfortable manner, beating Gate thanks to goals from Sam Grimshaw and two more from Jason Carey.
It took them ten minutes to warm up, but once North End got going it looked just a matter of whether they could find a thread to open up a committed Squires Gate defence.
That rear-guard nearly held out until half time. Goalkeeper Ben Fletcher made a great low save from Tom Bailey’s swivelled shot from the edge of the area again repeated the trick to Dave Young’s low drive. Carey and Grimshaw tried from distance, one wide and the other again saved by Fletcher.
Then Gate nearly pinched a lead when Harry Dunn advanced into the box and passed the pass across the face of goal. It just needed a touch into the net from a striker, but all were just too out of reach to apply it.
The opener finally came in the 43rd minute.
Carey picked up a loose ball in midfield and slipped the ball to Sam Grimshaw.
Some 35 yards from goal, and at the left corner of the box, Grimshaw’s pace took him to the edge of the area by the ‘D’.
Everyone expected a pass as defenders converged, but Grimshaw just picked his spot inside the post and placed the ball there. 1-0
After the break Jason Carey quickly doubled the score. A corner was cleared to Eddie Moran, who put the ball back into the box on the corner of the 6 yard area. Kelvin Lugsden picked it up, twisted and crossed where Carey just had to turn it in, and did so.
The 3rd goal was also Carey’s time from the spot. Another Grimshaw burst took him into the box, and Penswick slid in and brought him down. With the ball running away from the Glossop man the red card for Penswick seemed harsh, but nevertheless, Carey booted the ball home to boost his tally for the season. He is keen to score as many as possible in case the 6 goals he has netted against Stockport Sports this season are wiped from the record, as that team faces an EGM which may see them be expelled from the league.
North End created further chances, Kieran Lugsden going close twice, Moran and Hind once, but in fairness to the visitors they never gave up. Despite creating little throughout, they still had the last shot on goal, but Murphy’s free kick was over the bar.
The draw for the semi-finals is due to take place on Wednesday evening.