Coppull slay Slyne to reach final

Mitch Leece celebrates his goal
Mitch Leece celebrates his goal

Dave Haughton will be keeping a close eye on the semi-final clash between AFC Monton and CMB on Thursday night after his Coppull United side took the other place in the Lancashire FA Amateur Shield final with a fine victory over Slyne-with-Hest.

United surged to victory in their last-four tie thanks to a double from hotshot Mitch Leece.

Now Haughton and his Coppull side can sit back, relax and watch the second semi-final, which is taking place this Thursday at Brocstedes Park in Ashton-in-Makerfield.

The final will take place at the Lancashire FA ground in Leyland on a date yet to be

finalised.

The original fixture between Coppull and Slyne had been postponed due to a frozen pitch at Bamber Bridge’s Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

But Coppull certainly turned up in the rescheduled match and put in a defensively sound display to defeat the fancied Cumbrian outfit.

Coppull, who sit 12th in the West Lancashire League Premier Division, welcomed back Ryan Salmon.

And they made a strong start, taking the lead after just 15 minutes.

Leece was the scorer, finishing with great quality from a difficult angle.

Soon after, Salmon played through Leece and he again slotted into the back of the net.

The second half saw Coppull defend superbly and limit Slyne to only a handful of chances.

Salmon and substitute Jordan Wilson also had chances to grab a third for Coppull but they failed to take advantage of their chances.

This Saturday, Coppull return to league action after a week’s break as they welcome lowly Eagley.

Kick off at Blainscough Park is 3pm.