Ten-man Rovers see off Kings to reach cup semis

Hemel Rovers' Olly Buckley
Hemel Rovers' Olly Buckley

West Herts League side Hemel Rovers have booked their place in the last-four of the Watford Peace Shield after seeing off Kings Sports at the quarter-final stage.

Rovers edged the first half and were rewarded when Olly Buckley side-footed home after good work from Alex McCarthy.

Buckley (pictured) scored his second with a deft header, but soon afterwards a clash of legs in the six-yard box resulted in a red card for Rovers’ Chris Birch.

Kings’ Dan Tomkins smashed home the resulting penalty, and the visitors levelled things up at the start of the second half with a thunderous effort from Ben Alexander.

But ten-man Rovers were fighting for everything as they attempted to keep their cup hopes alive, and they were rewarded for their efforts with the winning goal.

A mix-up between a Kings defender and the keeper allowed Rovers captain Paul Hanafan to nip in and roll the ball into an empty net to send his side into the semis.

Elsewhere, the Rous Cup journey ended for Potten End as they were beaten 6-1 by Herts Junior Cup semi-finalists Hadley B.

League duty, meanwhile, saw Gadebridge FC beat Bovingdon A 4-0 to take over at the top of Division Two. A Chris Size hat-trick did most of the damage, with Lewis Crowys also getting his name on the scoresheet.

Tring Athletic B were shared a 3-3 draw with Rickmansworth St George, while Division Three champions Hemel Rovers A beat Oxhey Reserves 3-0 courtesy of a Drew Duggan hat-trick.