Ryhall book semi-final slot

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Ryhall United booked their place into the semi-final of the PFA Challenge Cup, where local rivals Stamford Bels await, after beating Peterborough ICA Sports Res 3-2 in a closely fought game.

Ryhall took the lead midway through the first half from a fierce low drive from Jack Travers but the scores were levelled just before half time when a mix up in the Ryhall back line allowed the ICA forward time to cooly slot his shot past keeper John Feetham.

Sam Bush restored United’s lead early into the second half, volleying home an excellent cross from Michael Webb.

Once again ICA hit back with a 25 yard screamer that flew into the top corner.

Both teams went close to grabbing a key third goal.

Travers raced away from the defence but was denied by a finger tip save by the visiting keeper before a goal mouth scramble at the other end was hooked clear after bouncing off the cross bar.

For the third time in the match Ryhall took the lead. With 10 minutes to go Greg Dunn unleashed a shot that had the keeper beaten but crashed against the cross bar before Chris McRoyal was on hand to follow up and slam his shot home.

United set out to defend the lead and dealt well with several deep crosses and late pressure as the Peterborough side pressed forward in desperate search of a late equaliser to keep their cup dreams alive.

But Ryhall held firm for the win and now look forward to the semi-final clash with Stamford Bels.