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Hill Street and Enniskillen Rangers will contest the IFA Junior Cup Final on May 1st at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park (kick-off 2:30pm).

Admission is £5 adults and £3 concession.

Here's how they booked their place in the showpiece decider:-

Hill Street 2-2 (4-2p) Ahoghill Thistle

Hill Street will play Enniskillen Rangers in this season's IFA Junior Cup Final after defeating Ahoghill Thistle on penalties.

It was a drama-packed game at Seaview through normal time and extra time that saw the sides end up level at 2-2 on the night before Hill Street won the penalty shootout 4-2.

In the first half Hill Street had to play almost 12 minutes with 10 men following a head injury to Matthew Reynolds. The Hill Street player was unable to resume action and parity was restored with a substitution.

Thistle appeared to have missed out on the advantage of the extra man but then the Ballymena Saturday Morning League side hit a purple patch on the half-hour.

Matthew Boyd rattled the post with a 20-yard free-kick, a minute later Ryan Sands shot over and then the breakthrough came when Boyd headed home a corner in the 33rd minute.

Hill Street's best chance in the first half fell to Kyle Cousins in added time but his header was straight at Thistle keeper Sean Ward.

The second half produced few clearcut chances. In fact neither goalkeeper was really troubled in a half more notable for cards than goalmouth action.

Hill Street looked liked they were going out, however on 90+1 minutes a great delivery from the right was slotted home by Cousins to take the game into extra time.

The Lurgan side probably thought they had won it in the second period of extra time when Ian Penny hooked the ball against the crossbar and it ricocheted into the net off the unfortunate David Calderwood.

Minutes later Penny was dismissed, as was Thistle goalkeeper Ward, following a separate incident.

Thistle looked down and out - but in the first minute of added time (110 minutes +1) Chris Getty dramatically levelled the tie, latching on to a long ball and lobbing it over the advancing Aaron Kidd.

On then to penalties. Thistle missed their first, Hill Street scored their first four, and when Thistle's final kick went over the bar Mid-Ulster's Hill Street were over the moon and into the showpiece final.

Cutler hat-trick blasts Enniskillen Rangers into Junior Cup decider
A superb second-half hat-trick from Mark Cutler sent Enniskillen Rangers through to the final of this season's IFA Junior Cup.

Cutler's contribution was enough to ensure that Newry Celtic came out on the wrong side of a 5-0 score-line. And yet Newry could have gone ahead in the opening minutes but Stephen Lowry. perhaps caught by surprise couldn't get his shot on target.

A short spell of Newry pressure was followed by one at the other end by Enniskillen in a game that ebbed and flowed on the slick Holm Park surface in front of a good crowd. Both goalkeepers made good stops in the space of five minutes, Barry McParland denied Enniskillen's Stuart Rainey before Jerome Carelton pushed away Colm Fegan's volley.

Lowry had another great chance on 38 minutes following a deflection but his angled drive flashed wide of goal and then Enniskillen upped the tempo to go on front on 40 minutes, Andrew Johnston netting at the back post following a flick on.

And another goal in added time made the tie an uphill task for the Carnbane League side. Joseph Doogan was brought down inside the box by keeper McParland and he made no mistake from the penalty spot on 45+4 minutes.

Credit to Newry who tried to get back into the game after the break but it wasn't their night or Lowry's night, the Newry number seven hitting the bar on 51 minutes. Carelton then denied Fegan before things went downhill for Newry.

The best move of the night came on 55 minutes, Stuart Rainey raced down the line before firing in a great cross that Cutler headed down and in

It got worse though for Liam Evan's men - on the hour mark Kieran McCann was sent off and from the resulting free kick, Cutler raced in to net despite a great double save from McParland.

Enniskillen could have added to their total but in the end Cutler grabbed the head-lines with a twenty yard curling effort to complete his hat-trick five minutes from time, and that marked a fine win for the Fermanagh & Western Football League side.




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