NEW Hartley Juniors reached their third cup final of the season by defeating Lumley Juniors on a waterlogged pitch in the Durham County Youth League’s Lady Eden Cup semi-final.
Lumley took the lead on 15 minutes through Aaron Forest but a superb solo run and finish from winger Sam Norris levelled for Hartley
Ten minutes into the second half Hartley went in front when a bullet header from Liam Gillespie gave the Lumley keeper no chance.
Hartley took control and a second goal for Norris made it 3-1, and moments later Johnny Lowes scored a fourth.
Lumley were not out of it, though, and scored a penalty after Jack Stanley handled.
Then Forest got his second of the game to make it 4-3.
Although both sides rattled the crossbar the score remained 4-3 to Hartley and will play Ryhope or Lampton Street in next months final.
On Thursday, Hartley play away at Willington in the league and Saturday sees them play Newton Aycliffe in the newly named John Maley League Challange Cup, named by the Durham FA Youth League in memory of Hartley’s long serving secretary who died last year having been at the club’s helm for 52 years.
The Newton Aycliffe game is a 1.30pm kick-off and will be played at Morpeth Town’s Craik Park due to cricket fixtuers at Hartley’s ground.