NEMLA – Senior Flags semi-final match-ups annouced

Last weekend saw the completion of the NEMLA Senior Flags quarterfinals following a number of postponements due to poor weather. League leaders Stockport were the only team not in action at the weekend following their victory over Timperley the weekend before. They will now be joined by Poynton, Cheadle and Brooklands on Sunday 3rd April at Manchester Waconians LC. Timperley were also in action playing against Rochdale in the only league fixture played at the weekend.

The reigning champions Cheadle defeated Manchester Waconians 18-4. It was a comfortable victory for the champions with attackman Danny Condron leading the scoring in the game with 5 goals. Team England attackman Nick Watson was also impressive scoring 3 goals and contributing 6 assists. Veteran attackman Darren Baythorpe had 7 assists in the game. Captain Paul Flowers scored 4 and Matthew Boyd and Steven Shanahan each scored twice. England midfielder Sam Dexter completed Cheadle’s tally with a single goal. Defender Daniel Smith also gained praise for his performance marking England and ex-Georgetown attackman Zac Guy.

At the Phoenix Sports Club, Brooklands prevailed over their hosts to claim a spot in the Senior Flags semi-finals, a massive achievement considering the average age of their team. The scoreline was relatively close throughout and finished 14-8. Brooklands have utilised a number of players on the current Team England U19 training squad this season and caused arguably the biggest upset this season so far beating Heaton Mersey on week 5. Can they cause an upset again when they face Cheadle on April 3rd?

The game of the weekend was undoubtably the game between Heaton Mersey and Poynton. Each time these two teams meet, the crowd is rewarded with an entertaining and competitive fixture. This game was no different with the game going in to overtime in a tense and high-tempo fixture. Poynton came out on top with a scoreline of 12 goals to 10. I cannot compete with the match report produced by Poynton Lacrosse Club so please click HERE for the full play-by-play account of the game.

Finally, in the only league game at the weekend Timperley managed to play their second home game of the season so far. They hosted Rochdale who have struggled for form, but have had some very competitive results this season. After absorbing an initial Rochdale attack, Timperley took to the opposition half and with some good ball movement and opened up the scoring for the match. This would prove to be the rhythm of the game, Rochdale at times were difficult to break down, but Timperley were always able to score in either settled play or transition. The final score was 13-5, although it must be said that Rochdale were missing a couple of key players.

Photo Credit: Lee Warburton Photography

Senior Flags Semi-Finals (Sunday April 3rd)
(#2) Cheadle v (#6) Brooklands
(#1) Stockport v (#3) Poynton

Junior Flags Semi-Finals (Sunday April 3rd)
(#4) Mellor v (#2) Heaton Mersey A
(#1) Stockport A v (#5) Boardman & Eccles

Stockport Cup Semi-Finals (Saturday April 2nd)
(#2*) Poynton A v (#1^) Rochdale A
(#3^) Ashton v (#1*) Brooklands A

Lancashire Cup Semi-Finals (Saturday April 2nd)
(#7) Cheadle B v (#2) Heaton Mersey B
(#1) Sheffield Steelers A v (#3) Mellor A

David Beesley Cup Semi-Finals (Sunday April 3rd)
(#4) Manchester Wacs B v (#5) Brooklands ExA
(#2) Mellor B v (#1) Poynton B