Sheffield out to go one better

Sheffield and Hallamshire CFA Youth team are out to make amends for last season’s near miss.

Despite being the better side they lost 1-0 to Kent in the FA County Youth Cup Final at Gillingham’s ground but on Saturday they can book themselves a place in their second successive final.

Sheffield face Staffordshire County FA in the semi-finals at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium (pitch 2) on Saturday (2pm) with the added incentive that the winners will be at home in the final against either Birmingham CFA or Norfolk CFA.

However, it will be far from easy as Staffordshire have already accounted for Liverpool 2-1, away, in the second round and completed a giant-killing in the quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over favourites Manchester.

In contrast Sheffield, under new manager Jon Gray and his assistant Terry Simon, have had to come from behind in two of their three cup ties and scored four of their seven goals in the final six minutes.

They received a bye in the first and then edged out West Riding 2-1 courtesy of a last minute goal from skipper Jake Curry after Carter Mupway’s equaliser.

Curry was again on target with a penalty to give them the lead in their third round clash against Bedfordshire which they went on to win 3-1 but they had to overcome an early goal scare in their quarter-final against Northampton before winning 2-1. Sam Barnsley equalised and Man of the Match Cyrus Lewis headed the winner five minutes from time.