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Football: Sumners make it to semi-finals of Under-13 Cup

Football / Thu 19th Jan 2017 at 02:42pm

THE inclement weather last weekend meant that only half of the scheduled Quarter-Final ties in the county’s two youngest age group competitions went ahead, with the remaining matches due to take place on 22nd January. A fortnight later, on Sunday 5th February, eight teams will go head-to-head in the Semi-Finals.

There was a minor surprise in the last eight of the Cordell Cup, where Braintree Town edged out 2016 Under 12s Cup runners-up Essex Minors (Hornchurch) (Falcons). EMH had previously held designs on reaching back-to-back finals, but they lost 4-3 and Braintree will now travel to Sumners Youth (Cobras), who knocked out Brentwood Town, 3-2.

AFC Hornchurch won two County Cups in 2015/16, and they still have hopes of adding more silverware this term. If they can battle past Shield Academy (Blacks) in the Quarter-Finals they will have a home tie against Thurrock or Upminster Park Rovers (Greens) in the last four.

It’s already assured that Essex will crown first-time winners in the Under 12s Cup in 2017 as none of the six remaining teams have won the competition previously. Indeed, none of the half-dozen have reached the final since the competition was established in 2007.

Springfield (Reds) enjoyed a resounded 5-1 success at home to Great Danes in the last round, and they will host Collier Row Youth (Reds) or Hornchurch Urchins (Reds) in the semis. County Park narrowly defeated Leigh Ramblers (Blues), 1-0, and they await the winners of the rearranged Sumners Youth (Cobras) vs Canvey Island (Whites) encounter.

Essex Cordell Under 13s Cup Semi-Finals (Sunday 5th February)

AFC Hornchurch or Shield Academy (Blues) vs Thurrock or Upminster Park Rovers (Greens)
Sumners Youth (Cobras) vs Braintree Town

Essex Under 12s Cup Semi-Finals (Sunday 5th February)

Springfield (Reds) vs Collier Row Youth (Reds) or Hornchurch Urchins (Reds)
County Park vs Sumners Youth (Cobras) or Canvey Island (Whites)

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