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Old King John's Head reach Gazette Cup last four

PUBLISHED: 17:35 25 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:13 05 October 2010

Old King John's Head completed the Hackney Gazette Cup semi-final line-up after with a thrilling last-eight win over Wounded Knee

Old King John's Head completed the Hackney Gazette Cup semi-final line-up after reaching the last four of the competition on Sunday with a thrilling quarter-final win over Wounded Knee.

Two goals from in-form David Laird and a Dylan McEvoy effort helped the Haggerston side to a 3-2 triumph and set up a semi-final clash with Division Two high-fliers Tottenham Phoenix.

Old King John's will be hot favourites to progress to the final and a possible meeting with Premier Division rivals Bancroft United, who were paired with Division One outfit Club '93 in the other last-four tie.

Holders Lapton cruised into the final of the Albert Daniels Senior Cup as goals from Ahmed Salvador, Dean Robinson and Maurice Byfield secured a 3-0 win over Division One promotion hopefuls Army and Navy.

But the Premier Division leaders will have to wait to learn the identity of their final opponents after the semi-final between Real Romania and St George's Islington was abandoned due to serious injury.

Division One leaders Real were leading 5-0 when the match was called off, with the result now due to go before a league committee.

In the Jack Morgan Cup quarter-finals, Shoreditch Fire Penguins, of Division Four, shocked FC Big Kahuna to reach the last four after a 4-3 win featuring a double from Tom Howard and further strikes from Al Pym and Matt Webb.

Jay Cubed and Tottenham Phoenix also advanced to the semi-finals with comfortable wins over Walthamstow Village and Old George E2 respectively.

In a thrilling Premier Division clash, Clapton Rangers pulled off a miraculous comeback to share a 5-5 draw with Bancroft, who had held a three-goal lead with 15 minutes remaining.

A second hat-trick in as many weeks from Bancroft striker Justin Weatherman, and additional efforts from Wesley Erskine and Dominic Asamboa, had helped Bancroft into a 5-2 lead late on.

But Clapton stormed back as Bradley Drisdale and James Smith both fired doubles, with Ashley Taylor-Forbes rescuing a point in the dying stages to keep Clapton's fading title hopes alive.


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