OAKLANDS were dramatically beaten in the Cheshire Sunday Cup semi-finals at Seddon Street.
They bowed out to Offerton United on penalties after the teams had cancelled each other out and neither could find the net with the few clear-cut chances created. Only a week earlier, Oaklands had disposed of Pockets in the Mid Cheshire Sunday League Cup in a shoot-out.
The best chance for holders Oaklands fell with five minutes remaining to Craig Dewhurst, and his header was turned around the post by a fantastic save. Ironically, it was Dewhurst who missed his spot kick.
Sky TV filmed the action for a feature on ex-Northwich Vics boss Jimmy Quinn, which was transmitted on Monday evening and included interviews with manager Robbie Antrobus and veteran Eddie Bishop. It was part of the build-up to Monday's live Conference match between Leigh and Quinn's new charges Shrewsbury.
Hanging Gate made sure of the First Division runners-up spot with a 4-2 win at Lion in preparation for Sunday's District FA Cup final against Oaklands at Witton Albion. Wheatsheaf are Division One champs.
Premier: Rudheath 3 (Bryning 2, Kimber) Cross Keys 2 (Jackson 2); Denbigh 0 Thatched Tavern 2 (Littlemore, Marlor).
Sunday: Tavern v Middlewich Sutton, Cuddington v Rudheath. Division One: Lion 2 (Bland 2) Hanging Gate 4 (Conkie, Bebbington, Clarke, Taylor); Wheatsheaf 1 (Lightfoot) Stanley Arms 2 (Knop, Edwards); Plough 1 (Foy) Pockets 2 (Lovell, McDermott). Sunday: Pockets v Prince's Feathers. Division Two: George & Dragon 0 Middlewich Town SC 8 (Tulloch 3, Lee 2, Armstrong, Flynn, Holbrooks). Sunday: Egerton v Middlewich SC, Holmes Chapel v Freemasons. Division Three: Castle Pte 0 Lion & Railway 3 (Mather 2, Eddlestone). Supplementary Cup: Egerton 3 (Roderidge 3) Holmes Chapel 5 (Lovell 2, Bayliss 2, Botham); Red Lion Supporters 8 (Nicholson 3, Kennerley 3, Bersanti, og) Bull's Head 2 (Corbett 2); Freemasons 2 (Murphy, Nicholson) Townsend 5 (McCaffery 2, Stevens, Jankowski, Ridgeway); Broadhurst 4 (Snead 2, Timony, Barker) Bowling Green 7 (Barlow 3, Cundry 2, Oakes, Jervis). Sunday: Old Star v Red Lion, Bull's Head v Townsend, Broadhurst v Lion & Railway, Castle Pte v George & Dragon.