Lions’ fightback earns place in cup semi-final

Heanor Town Reserves have made it through to the semi-finals of the Derbyshire FA Divisional Cup (South) after beating Melbourne Dynamo.

The young Lions should have been ahead as early as the second minute but Craig Buxton’s shot came back off an upright.

Melbourne were a good side and played some excellent football. Cherry turned over a Matt Brian shot on 18 minutes and shortly afterwards Danny Gould shot wide when seemingly well placed.

Heanor hit back but Jake Buxton’s volley was well off target. There were other chances for both sides before Melbourne skipper Carl Allsop headed home a corner on 37 minutes to give them the lead.

Both sides played some highly entertaining and surprisingly good football. James Riley had a flashing drive pushed over the bar by Croake on 56 minutes, and from this point Heanor began to put on tremendous pressure and take over the game.

Melbourne continued to play good football and were always dangerous on the break. Heanor were slightly on top but their main efforts petered out on the edge of the area.

Heanor deservedly got back on terms with 11 minutes remaining through substitute Nick Grainger, whose low half-hit shot seemed to catch the otherwise sound Croake unawares.

Heanor were twice foiled by the offside flag, but the winner came with four minutes remaining, scored by Luke Duerden following the young Lions’ fifth corner of the game.

Even then, Cherry had to come to Heanor’s rescue to save extra time by stretching his frame across goal to save brilliantly a Matt Brian header in the bottom corner.