League 1 Cup semi-final round-up

1st May 2017, 16:54

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League 1 Cup semi-final round-up

The League 1 Cup final will be contested by Barrow Raiders and North Wales Crusaders at Summer Bash in Blackpool later this month, after both sides won their semi-finals on Sunday.

League 1 high-fliers Barrow Raiders cruised to a 64-14 win over Oxford in Cumbria.

It was a tight start to the match, with the scores locked at 10-10 at the half hour mark; Ryan Fieldhouse and Shane Toal scoring for Barrow, with Oxford’s scorers Casey Canterbury and Jordan Gill going over for Oxford.

The hosts then went 20-10 up after tries from Shane Toal and Brad Brennan although Oxford scored just before the interval through Scott Fleming, to leave the game finely balance at 20-14 at the break.

However, Barrow really pulled away after half-time, with Tom Walker, James Duerden, Dan Abram, Lewis Charnock (2), Joe Bullock (2) and Toal all scoring to send Barrow cruising through to the final.

Meanwhile, North Wales Crusaders completed a 37-28 win over University of Gloucestershire All Golds to make it to Blackpool.

Hosts All Golds, who beat Crusaders in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup earlier in the season, took a eighth minute lead through Brad Kislingbury but four tries in the next 20 minutes from Tommy Johnson, Danny Price (2) and Luke Warburton saw them race 24-6 ahead.

Mo Agro scored for All Golds on 37 minutes but Simon Atherton’s effort on the hooter gave the Wrexham-based side a 30-10 advantage at the break.

Ryan Smith then scored for the visitors to make it 36-10 but the game totally swung after Steve Parry’s 45th minute try for Gloucestershire, as the hosts began a brave fight-back.

A double from Chris Barlow and a late effort from Harry King saw them to close within nine points after Ryan Smith’s drop goal for North Wales, but the 2015 League 1 Cup Champions survived as they look to win a second title.

In Sunday’s only League 1 fixture, a late drop goal from Steve Roper saw Whitehaven claim a 19-18 win away at Hunslet.

The League 1 Cup Final will take place at Summer Bash at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Rugby League Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugby-league.com/tickets.