26th June 2019, 21:47 | 1895_cup
Three of the four Quarter Finals in the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup were decided in dramatic fashion with Batley progressing after Golden Point Extra-Time while Sheffield and Leigh left it to the final two minutes of their respective fixtures to book a place in the final four.
A Golden Point Extra-Time drop-goal from Batley half-back Louis Jouffret was the difference between the Bulldogs and York at Bootham Crescent after late drama in regular time.
Jouffret already looked to have won Matt Diskin’s side the game when he scored a breakaway try with seven minutes remaining however Will Jubb’s late try along with a 48-metre penalty goal with the last kick of regular time from Connor Robinson took the game to Golden Point.
Robinson – who racked up 14 of York’s 16 points – opened the scoring before tries either side of half-time from Johnny Campbell and Sam Wood gave Batley the advantage, live on Our League.
It was a late Martyn Ridyard drop-goal which separated Leigh Centurions and Barrow Raiders at St Helens’ Totally Wicked Stadium.
A 66th minute Ryan Johnston goal had edged the Raiders in front but Ridyard levelled the scores with a penalty of his own in the final five minutes before following up with a drop-goal.
FT here at the TW Stadium! Pulsating match! But we win and are in the hat for the semis! pic.twitter.com/QqPcLzd7zU— Leigh Centurions (@LeighCenturions) June 26, 2019
The sides found themselves at 16-16 heading into the final 15 minutes with Leigh’s tries coming through Gregg McNally, Joe Cator and Jordan Thompson while Jordan Walne, Luke Cresswell and Johnston went over for Barrow. Leigh are still on track to appear at Wembley for the first time since 1971.
There was late heartbreak for League One Doncaster who were on the receiving end of a remarkable fightback from South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Eagles at Featherstone’s LD Nutrition Stadium.
It looked as though there would be League One representation in the semi-finals as Doncaster – who were also the last remaining League One side in this year’s Coral Challenge Cup – led 28-12 with 15 minutes remaining.
However, Mark Aston’s men would cross four times in the closing stages to seal their place in the final four. Ryan Millar began the late comeback before Anthony Thackeray notched a double either side of Jason Crookes’ try. Thackeray’s second effort proving the difference.
The Dons had a slender lead at half-time thanks to tries from Sam Doherty and Jez Litten alongside four Matty Beharrell goals. Litten would cross again after the break while Beharrell added a try and two more goals to his impressive tally however it wouldn’t be enough to keep Doncaster’s Wembley dream alive. Sheffield, on the other hand, will be looking to recreate their 1998 heroics.
Widnes completed the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup semi-final line-up in convincing fashion as they hammered Dewsbury Rams, 54-6. Anthony Gelling and Lloyd Roby led the charge each grabbing hat-tricks while Sam Wilde scored twice before Chris Dean and Brad Walker also crossed. Daniel Waite-Pullan scored the Rams’ solitary try.
The semi-final draw will be held the tomorrow evening (Thursday 27 June) live on BBC Radio Merseyside during their Try Time programme at around 6:30pm and also livestreamed via the RFL's Facebook page. The semi-finals will be played on Sunday 28 July, the day after the Coral Challenge Cup semi-finals in Bolton.