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Match Report | Sheffield Eagles advance into AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Final


Sheffield Eagles will return to Wembley Stadium on Saturday 8th June in the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Final following a 18-28 victory against York Knights at the LNER Community Stadium yesterday.

Matty Marsh was the only change made from last weekend’s loss, as he started at full back for Mark Aston’s side, after missing last week’s defeat in the league to Wakefield Trinity.  

Cory Aston also started in the halves once again, as he made his 200th career appearance.

It was a dream start from Sheffield as we scored three times in the opening fourteen minutes in North Yorkshire.

In only the second minute, the ball found itself played towards the left wing and Matty Dawson-Jones managed to get the ball down in the corner to hand us an early lead.

After being awarded a couple of penalties within the coming minutes, we scored our second try of the afternoon in the seventh minute as Aston’s grubber kick through was touched down by James Glover, who scored his ninth try of the season in all competitions against his former side.

Marsh was next to score against his former side seven minutes later after the full back managed to get the ball down under the posts after Anthony Thackeray’s neat kick through over the top of the York defence.

Andrew Henderson’s side managed to claw their way back into the contest as they scored twice inside the final eighteen minutes of the first period. Ata Hingano made a break through centre-field, before playing the ball inside to Charlie Severs, before Tom Lineham scored out wide after the ball managed to stay in play following a kick through on the last tackle through Liam Harris.

Sheffield scored nine minutes into the second half to put a bit more breathing space back between the two sides as Glover’s inside ball following a break down the left channel was finished off by Marsh for his second try of the afternoon.

But the hosts responded instantly, as Jack Teanby spotted a loose ball underneath the posts as he was able to close the gap for the hosts once again.

Late on, some poor discipline from the hosts allowed Aston to convert three easy penalties from in front to hand us an extra crucial six points to take the score to 18-28, which sees us confirm our place in June’s cup finale at Wembley Stadium where we take on Wakefield Trinity.

The Eagles are back in Betfred Championship next weekend when we travel to Bartercard Odsal Stadium to take on Bradford Bulls next Sunday (3pm KO).


York Knights: Dagger, Brown, Keinhost, Lineham, Towse, Hingano, Harris, Tai’ai, Daley, Santi, Severs, Bailey, Thompson

Interchanges: Fitzsimmons, Teanby, Michael, Pemberton

18th Man: Jubb

Tries: Severs (22’) Lineham (38’), Teanby (55’)

Conversions: Dagger (3/3)


Sheffield Eagles: Marsh, Jones-Bishop, Welham, Glover, Dawson-Jones, Aston, Thackeray, Battye, Halafihi, Dickinson, Foster, J.Farrell, Gwaze

Interchanges: Wood, Murphy, Roberts, Sene-Lefao

18th Man: Hansen

Tries: Dawson-Jones (2’), Glover (7’), Marsh (14’, 49’)

Conversions: Aston (6/7)


Referee: S.Mikalauskas