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Cup glory for Marston Road juniors

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: February 06, 2014

By Dave McLean

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STAFFORD Rangers u12s moved into the semi-finals of the Bilston Floodlit Cup with a hard-fought 2-0 at Colron Boys.

Rangers controlled the opening 15 minutes with some neat passing, but as the tie progressed, Colron made inroads into Boro's back four.

Only a brilliant saving tackle from Tom Barnsley denied Callum Smith. It was against the run of play, just after the break, when Rangers broke the deadlock through Danny Stevens.

When Stevens was brought down in the box later, James Black converted the penalty.

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In the Bilston Challenge Cup semi-finals, holders Rangers U12s beat against Shelfield United 5-0, goals from Stevens (two), Black, Robson Flude and Jay Ford.

Staying with the knockout theme and Rangers Youth U18s reached the final of the League Cup after a 4-0 victory over Keele FC.

Rangers weathered first half pressure to snatch the lead, but not before Keele had had a player red-carded. Jake Shaw gave Rangers a late first half advantage.

The second half followed a similar pattern as Rangers pressed forward and created plenty of chances. Boro then increased the lead through Alex Hannan on 50 minutes.

Rangers then made it 3-0 when a quick break by Sean Phillips led to Billy Thorley and Alex Curtis combining and Thorley netting.

After the woodwork thwarted Keele's danger man Sami, Rangers created more chances and completed the scoring through Mat Smith.

Rangers will face the winners of the Nantwich Town and Leek Town semi-final, on a date to be confirmed.

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