Edlington Royals reached the semi-finals of the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Women’s Krukowski Cup for the second successive season after defeating Dearne & District on penalties, writes Julian Barker.
Dearne, last season’s beaten finalists, had the better of this season’s two league meetings - winning 5-3 at home after a 0-0 draw at Edlington when a missed penalty denied the Royals a victory.
Charlie Holmes put Dearne ahead after 25 minutes, but Edlington then pressed strongly for the equaliser which came through Emma Spencer shortly before half time.
Holmes had a good opening to restore the advantage before Shelley Offless met a low centre to fire Edlington into a 2-1 lead ten minutes into the second half.
If Chelsea Baker had shown steadier finishing when twice one-on-one with former Royals goalkeeper Amy Holliman, Edlington would have had the tie sewn up.
However, an up and under from Trudi Race just crept in under the bar inside the last five minutes to force a 2-2 scoreline and extra time.
With neither side able to find a decisive goal, the tie was decided on penalties.
Spot-kicks are a familiar story for Edlington who were involved in two shoot-outs in last season’s cup where they beat Sheffield Wednesday in the quarters before losing to eventual winners Handsworth in the semis.
With both ‘keepers making saves and the tie still undecided, both shot-stoppers then showed their outfield colleagues how to do it by converting the first pair of sudden death spot-kicks.
And then Dearne’s seventh went wide and Kate Spencer netted to send Edlington into the last four.
Sheffield Wednesday Development are also through after a 6-3 win at Shaw Lane Aquaforce, while the other two ties - Barnsley Development vs Staveley and Oughtibridge vs Thorne United - were both postponed and re-scheduled for this coming Sunday.