Wakehurst reach North West Cup semi-final

The return of club captain George Young to reserve team action following knee surgery is a boost for Wakehurst.
The return of club captain George Young to reserve team action following knee surgery is a boost for Wakehurst.

Wakehurst put their indifferent Championship Two league form to one side to reach a cup semi-final at the weekend.

Paul Muir’s side booked a place in the last four of the Craig Memorial North West CUp after a thrilling 4-3 extra time win over Coleraine Reserves.

The match was switched from Mil Meadow to Coleraine in order that the gae could take place on a grass surface.

Wakehurst took the lead through striker Nigel Turner who fired home from 10 yards for his first goal since his move from Portstewart.

Coleraine equalised from well taken free kick from 25 yards which went through the defensive wall before Turner scored his and Wakehurst’s second, latching onto a ball over the top before lobbing the goalkeeper.

A virtual carbon copy goal saw Tiarnan Rafferty put Wakehurst 3-1 ahead with his sixth goal in as many games.

Wakehurst looked to be coasting into the next round but remarkably, Coleraine Reserves scored twice in the last five minutes to take the tie into extra-time!

But the final say went to Wakehurst in the last minute of extra time when Rafferty fired an exquisite strike into the top corner for a goal fit to win any game at any level.

“I am at a point where I have pretty much a full panel of players to select from,” said Muir.

“Peter Adams, from the Reserves was on bench having scored a lot goals for the Strollers recently.

“It was also great to see our club captain George Young making a return to playing after knee surgery in the Strollers’ Junior Shield win.

“George has followed his rehab religiously, his enthusiasm is infectious and I am looking forward to having him avaialable for selection in the next couple of months,” added Muir.

Wakehurst will hope to carry on from Saturday’s win as they resume their Championship Two campaign against promotion favourites Limavady at Mill Meadow this weekend.