vs. Worksop Town (2 : 4)
Sheffield FC were unable to repeat the feat of last season on Thursday night, writes Stuart James, as they fell 4-2 at the semi-final stage to Worksop Town in the North Midlands Under 19s League Cup.
Club had the early chances but were unable to break the deadlock, as Ehsan Mohammed saw his effort deflected, whilst Callum Walton was denied by ex-Clubbie James Gamble.
Gamble was on hand once again midway through the half, producing a fine save from Iren Wilson, and Mohammed once again went close with a flashing drive across the face of goal.
On 36 minutes the hosts opened the scoring, as Alfie Dodsworth dribbled through the Sheffield defence, before tucking his shot past Jamie Ingham.
The visitors levelled two minutes before the break, as Walton put the ball across the face of the goal, with Ben Mitcheson nipping in at the back post to head home.
That parity lasted a matter of moments, as the Tigers responded in injury time with Sam Jones crossing, and Jordan Lonchar lifting the ball over Ingham to make it 2-1.
Worksop made it 3-1 on the hour, as Dodsworth fed the ball through to Lonchar, who took the ball round the defence before beating Ingham with his shot.
Sheffield's task was made all the more difficult five minutes later, as Callum Walton was shown a second yellow card by referee Ward, following a rash tackle on home defender Sam Jones.
The game was put out of Sheffield's reach on 68 minutes, Smith taking the ball to the by-line before drilling a fierce cross, Ingham could only direct it into the path of Lonchar who fired home his hat-trick.
Club managed to grab a consolation, as Danny Rose turned home following a goalmouth scramble, but it proved to be too little too late.
Worksop Town: Gamble, Jones, McClaren, Smart, Smith (c), Shaw, Evison, Charlesworth, Lonchar, Dodsworth, Watkinson. Subs: Thompson, Darkin, Dellelo, Atherton.
Sheffield FC: Ingham, Riley (c), Eagle, Chapell, White, Currie, Mohammed, Wilson, Rhodes, Walton. Subs: Butcher, Rose, Hutchinson, Porter.