Mile End bring Eagles down to earth to reach cup semi-finals
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Mile End are through to the semi-finals of the Jack Walpole Cup after a hard-fought 4-2 victory against Division Four side Eagles.
Ricky Edwards opened the scoring for Mile End before Rory Shiggins equalised, but Jack Davey’s 40-yard free-kick and a further strike by Lee Smith put End 3-1 ahead.
Carl Mullins reduced the deficit with a fine solo goal, beating the offside trap to score, but Smith netted his second in the closing stages to see his side through.
Highfield are also into the next round, advancing via a 7-6 penalty shoot-out win against Shakespeare following a thrilling 5-5 draw.
Shakespeare’s Matty Gulfer scored a hat-trick – building on goals from Troy Deering and Corbin Harrison – but Highfield responded to send the game to a shoot-out.
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A brace each for Sheldon Alfonso Sammy Anjorin and another from Tope Delfo set up a battle of nerves from the spot, and it was Highfield who progressed.
In the Jack Morgan Cup, Wojak Sunday beat FC Stepney 3-0 with goals from Lee Hall and two strikes from Abdeen Abdul.
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