Local derby game today v Shafts Youth in the cup with a spot in the semi finals up for grabs. From the off we looked menacing an early exquisite touch and turn by Curran saw Phillips released and hit a shot which went wide of the right post, moments later Curran played in Adams down the right channel and a fine cross was met by a sublime touch and flick by Hardman which was met by a fierce shot form Hamm which flew into the back of the net 1-0 …great start. Then poorly minutes later it was 1-1 when we switched off at the back and allowed their striker to slot under Mclaughlin. We could have let our heads drop but straight from kick off we pounced a terrific Hamm run and low ball across was met by Phillips who flicked from close range past the keeper 2-1. It so nearly was 3 when a free kick was awarded after a foul on Hamm occurred, with Smith slotting in at centre back it was left to Curran to deliver and he put a cross in similar quality to what Smith offers and it looked like it was 3 when Easterbrook rose but unfortunately planted his header wide of a gapping gap in the goal. Leslie and Curran then proceeded to outdo each other in a tackling competition smashing their way thru shafts midfield, This in turn allowed Morgan space to run into and a superb run and release to Hardman saw Stu take a great turn and fired a shot in which ripped the back of the net to take us deservedly 3-1 up. Half time All we needed to do was keep composed and play our football, after some stupid arguments which I couldn’t figure out why they happened we got back to playing our game straight from the whistle in the second half. Great work from Edgey down the left saw Hamm released and as he turned in the box in the left corner he aimed fire and the ball took a huge deflection off a defender and wrong footed the keeper to make it 4-1. Like a boxing match we had them on the ropes and they were looking like a defeated team. But for the next 10 minutes the game similar to the pitch became sloppy, Phillips came off for Rose and he was straight into action, another great piece of play down the left by Edge saw a cross put in and Stu” king of assists” Hardman took one touch to place a ball into the path of Rose who fired low expertly in the bottom corner 5-1. We had got our va va voom back and moments later it was 6-1, Curran took a free kick and the keeper could only parry into the path of Rose who gleefully tapped in from close range. Bainbridge replaced Hamm and he too was straight into action when a delightful cross field ball was met by Rose and with one touch he controlled and placed a simple but stunning finish past the keeper to make it a hat trick inside 20 minutes….simply lovleh! With 10 minutes remaining Hardman wanted more and he should have had a hat trick himself, great football from the impressive Sam Adams playing at right back for the majority of the game but now in an advanced left forward position played in Rose who in turn placed a ball to Hardman inside the box but he fired high and not so handsome over the bar. Moments after that he was in again as another simple chance went begging but what he did which has impressed me so much this season is his ability to lay other goals on and he kept the ball alive and fed Curran on the edge of the box and Curran first time rifled a beauty of a strike past the helpless keeper to round off a very convincing 8-1 win. Plenty of good performance’s today our front 3 were again tremendous, Curran and Leslie were superb as too Morgan who completed 90 minutes for the first time today and looked better for it, at the back Edge was full of beans, Easterbrook was as always composed but M.O.M went to 2 players Smith again slotting in at centre back looked like the Kaiser and Sam Adams filing in expertly at right back was like Cafu. So onto the Semi Final we go another performance like this will take us into another Final and a chance to exorcise our Demons ….bring it on!!!