cup of joy for derby winners

Denaby Main v Denaby United. A cracking goal.  Steve Ellor scores with a shot from outside the area.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Denaby Main v Denaby United. A cracking goal. Steve Ellor scores with a shot from outside the area. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Denaby United went safely through to the semi-finals of the Premier Division KO Cup after a 3-0 derby victory at local rivals Denaby Main.

Two goals in as many minutes from Steve Ellor and Mark Williams, after an earlier own goal from Main’s Gary Adcock, effectively put the game to bed after just 20 minutes at Tickhill Square.

Denaby Main v Denaby United.  James Lundy (Denaby Utd) hurdles the tackle from Tommy Needham.   Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Denaby Main v Denaby United. James Lundy (Denaby Utd) hurdles the tackle from Tommy Needham. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

United, spurred on by a bright display from new signing Daniel Hooper, started brightly and, after testing Main’s defence with a number of testing crosses, they took advantage after just 11 minutes by taking the lead.

Neil Spruce picked the ball up after Mick Russon won it back, and his shot across goal was deflected in by the unfortunate full back Adcock.

Main almost hit back instantly when a misplaced pass from Craig Loftus was picked up by Jamie Brearly, but United full back Tony Mullen was able to get in a vital challenge.

Ellor then got his first sight of goal, as James Lundy’s cross just evaded him and Main goalkeeper Craig Pears gathered the ball.

Denaby Main v Denaby United.  United's Mark Williams (right) is on hand to pounce on a defensive error and score a first half goal.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Denaby Main v Denaby United. United's Mark Williams (right) is on hand to pounce on a defensive error and score a first half goal. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Ellor, Spruce and Lundy then had further shots at Pears before Ellor finally made one count after 20 minutes.

Main right full back Matthew Cocksedge played a square pass midway in his own half which was intercepted by Ellor, who raced towards goal and fired in a rasping shot which gave Pears no chance.

If the second goal knocked the wind out of Main’s sails, they were thrown overboard sixty seconds later when United extended their lead further.

Spruce’s 35-yard free-kick was too hot for Spruce to handle, and the ball spilled out to Mark Williams who followed up and forced home.

Main once again tried to respond, and United’s Ashley Cantrell was forced to clear under pressure from Jamie Brearly.

Williams then had a good chance for his second, but his shot was well saved by Pears.

The save kick-started Main’s best period of the game; first, Tom O’Neill played in Liam Winfield, but United’s Andrew Wood was alert to the danger. Main duo Jake Ford and Tommy Needham then had good chances, but United went into the break 3-0 ahead.

Main made their three permitted substitutions at half time in a bid to shake things up, but they were unable to force their way back into the game. Adcock and Pears both found their way into the referee’s notebook, for a foul and dissent respectively.

Main continued to attack looking for a fourth goal, and they came within inches of doing just that when Hooper hit the post, after meeting Williams’ through ball with the Main defence appealing for offside.

n Main: Pears, Cocksedge, Adcock, Ford, Deakin, McSeveny, Winfield, Needham, Brearly, O’Neill, Aspinall. Subs: Hancock, Carr, Oakley, Dungworth, Thompson.

n United: Priestly, Cantrell, Wood, Loftus, Mullen, Hooper, Russon, Williams, Lundy, Spruce, Ellor. Subs: Hemmingway, Noonan, Wosman.

Main host South Elmsall United Services this weekend, while United travel to Hemsworth MW.