Seb Smith scored a hat-trick as Real Stortford Under-17 Falcons triumphed 5-1 against Ware Lions Blacks in the Mid-Herts Rural Minors League Shield.
Jeffrey Clarke and TJ Popo combined to set up Aaron Spencer for the opening goal before Ware, who had knocked out Real Under-18 Saracens in the previous round, got an equaliser.
Smith restored the lead before the break through Tom Gleason’s pass and man of the match Isaac Pasetto’s 25-yard strike extended the lead.
Smith got his second of the match thanks to good work from Daniel Alaezi before completing his hat-trick with a shot from the edge of the box that deflected a defender.
The Falcons’ next cup opponents will be Welwyn Garden City Tornadoes, who were on the end of a 4-1 loss to under 18 Saracens at week-end.
Finn Aylott scored twice for Saracens, who could seal the Division Five title by the end of the month, and there was one goal apiece for Sam Booker and Josh Chinn.
Man of the Match Mackenzie Lewin had two goals and an assist as bulls under 16 recorded a fine 5-1 away win against Division Three leaders Parsloe Athletic.
Charlie Baker’s half-volley from Sam Ranford’s defensive pass put them ahead before the hosts equalized moments after Gavin Gardiner produced a fantastic save from the penalty spot.
Lewin slotted in to restore the Bulls’ lead after Baker had made a wild run, and Jola Olawoyin hammered home from close range before the break.
Their fourth goal was stolen from 15 yards by Lewin and his corner was converted by Charlie Sloan at the near post to complete the scoring.
There were fantastic performances from defenders Cameron Scott, Jake Foster, Tom Brierly and Harry Pettipher while Lesharn McManus-O’Connell played well in midfield on his birthday.
Sid Clark and Trey Jarvis scored as giant killers Bishop’s Stortford Community Football Club Under-16 Saints won 2-1 at Letchworth Garden City Eagles Whites in the Mid-Herts Rural Minors League Cup.
The unbeaten Division 2 leaders took the lead against their Premier Division hosts when the goalkeeper could only parry Clark’s looping shot into the net.
The Saints doubled their advantage as soon as Jarvis pushed the ball into the corner from Zen Rapley’s free-kick.
Letchworth pulled one back after the break and it was end-to-end stuff in the closing stages, with Alfie Smith unlucky to have a Saints third goal ruled out for offside.
Benjamin Stevens was named man of the match for putting the defense together.
Ross Shinnick and Josh Smith both put on braces as under 15 beat Stotfold 7-1 in the Royston Crow League, Division Three.
Mikey Stables, Lewis Richards and James Borman each scored a goal while man of the match Toby Barnes had four assists in the second half.
Remi Hasty hit to win the girls under 13 a 1-0 win over Division Two leaders Harefield in the final round of Hertfordshire Girls’ Football Partnership League Cup group matches.
She scored with a powerful effort following good work from Kiera Hider and Poppy Dwyer.
Stortford defended well while Phoebe Edmondson, Indigo Lee and player of the match Aimee Cole all played well.