Coppull United 1-4 Turton FC
Turton smash four past Coppull United to earn themselves a place in the Amateur Shield Final against Thornton Cleveleys at the County Ground.
Goals from Osman Karakan, Emmanuel Yoak and a brace from Daniel Locke ensured Craig Jones’ side progressed to the Final as worthy winners.
After a cagey start to the game at Crilly Park, it took Turton only five minutes to break the deadlock. A throw into the Coppull box fell kindly to Daniel Locke and the number ten struck a wonderful left footed half volley into the bottom right hand corner.
Coppull nearly found themselves level in the game on the 16th minute as they countered a Turton corner with Daniel Fishwick at the heart of it. His pass found midfielder Liam Hoyle who then found the run of David Parker at the back post, but his well-timed volley was easily saved by Turton goalkeeper, Josh McGreavy.
Just minutes later, Turton doubled their lead. A lovely out swinging corner by Jay Ralphson was met by the head of centre back Osman Karakan who squeezed a header past Coppull goalkeeper, Andrew Almond.
On the 33rd minute, Turton found themselves 3-0 to the good. A long high ball from McGreavy found the feet of Locke who scored his second of the game after cutting in from the left hand side and his low driven shot wrong footed goalkeeper, Almond.
On the stroke of half time, Coppull nearly found a way back into the game. A corner ball fell to the feet of Parker but his shot was cleared off the line by Turton defender, Dylan Winstanley.
The second half started slowly with both sides lacking that creative edge. The first real chance of the half fell to Coppull United forward Simon Adeoyo on the 62nd minute but the substitutes shot was gathered by McGreavy.
Another great chance for Coppull went begging after a lovely curling effort by Liam Thompson produced a fantastic save from McGreavy. However, from the resulting corner, referee Abid Hussain awarded them a controversial penalty which was smashed home by Hoyle. A lifeline for Coppull.
The penalty seemed to have sprung Coppull into life as a rasping drive from Thompson was adjudged to have been handled outside of the box by Turton goalkeeper, McGreavy and he was given his marching orders by Hussain.
Right at the death, emotions ran high. Coppull’s Matthew Taylor lashed out at Scott Fitzsimmons, meaning both sides had to play the final stages of the game with ten men.
Moments later, forward Emmanuel Yoak got his name on the scoresheet as he was sent through one on one and he calmly dispatched it, sending deserved winners Turton through to the Final of the Amateur Shield on 1 May.
Almond, Parmer, R Parmer, Taylor, Parker, Kealey, Hoyle, Fishwick, Carr, Thompson, Pickstock
Charnock, Williams, Lynch, Adeoyo, Dodaca
McGreavy, Fitzsimmons, Winstanley, Yates, Karakan, Ralphson, Fitton, Sissons, Bradbury, Locke, Dickson
Yoak, Partington, Atkinson, Lomax, Hamnet