The latest action from Watford's Olympian League

Watford Observer: Under pressure: Tudor Arms (blue shirts) suffered a late County Cup semi-final defeat at the hands of Rifle Volunteer on Sunday. Picture: Holly Cant Under pressure: Tudor Arms (blue shirts) suffered a late County Cup semi-final defeat at the hands of Rifle Volunteer on Sunday. Picture: Holly Cant

Herts Sunday Intermediate Cup Semi-Finals

Both the league's sides fell at the penultimate hurdle as they suffered narrow defeats at the hands of Watford Sunday League sides.

Tudor Arms suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Rifle Volunteer.

After a cagey opening by both sides, Tudor missed a glorious chance to take the lead after 32 minutes when Jack Robertson went clean through with only the keeper to beat, but he fired his shot inches past the post.

Rifle had an excellent case for a penalty on the stroke of half-time which was not given when Tudor’s Callum O’Connor brought down Andy Lomas in the box only for the referee to decide not to give it - a decision which puzzled both sides.

Tudor again had the better of the play after the break with James Roope firing narrowly wide from close range, although Rifle also had shot headed off the line.

The game looked destined for extra-time when five minutes from time, Rifle got the decisive goal after Jack Robertson gave the ball away in the right-back position to Gary Froy, who took it on and burst into the box before slotting home.

There was still time for Tudor to almost force the additional period when in the final seconds of added-on time, Dan Robertson saw an effort blocked twice on the line before being hacked away to safety.

In the other all-Watford semi-final, Headstone Athletic lost 3-1 to Mill End Sports.

Mill End scored twice in the first 20 minutes, the first coming from a well taken free-kick, before a poor defensive mistake handed them the second.

Athletic battled back and Anthony Ball halved the deficit from a rebound after seeing his penalty blocked.

Despite some heavy pressure, they couldn’t force an equaliser and it was the home side who booked their place in the final with a headed goal from a free-kick.

Chairman’s Cup Semi-Finals

Hertfordshire Lions made light work of Inter, reaching the final with a 3-0 win.

After a scrappy first half, they went ahead from the penalty spot through Dennis Fraser following a push in the area.

The second goal came eight minutes into the second half when George Benedetti got a touch to a corner.

The scoring was completed by Louis McNamara 11 minutes from time.

Lions will face Cassiobury Revolution, who beat Colne Valley Reserves 1-0.

The only goal came from Darren O'Brien in the first half when his effort was misjudged by Valley keeper Bradley Bonnick, allowing the ball to bounce over his head.

Birkdale Trophies Challenge Cup Quarter-Final

Reed Rangers beat Evergreen 2-1 to set up another cup semi-final against Headstone Athletic.

It was Evergreen who went ahead in the first half through Danny Jones, before Reed recovered after the break thanks to a penalty from George Hobson and a goal from Dominic Murphy.

Premier Division

Old Danes Athletic's winning run continued after a 2-0 win over Oxhey Rangers.

Both of the goals came in the final 20 minutes from Oli Burks and Colin Spooner.

Bovingdon edged out Headstone Lions by the odd goal in five.

The Bovingdon goals were scored by Mark McNicholas, Chris Truman and Harry Woods.

Division One

League-leaders Brookside dropped two points as they could only draw 3-3 with FC Revolution. But it could have been far worse for the table-toppers as they had trailed 2-0 at the break.

Matt McShane, Lee Woodward and Adam Rawlings scored for Revolution with Matthew Irvine, Marc Horn and James Gething on target for their opponents.

Third-placed Meriden Ballers enjoyed a 6-1 win over bottom side Roundbush.

Ben Lelyveld had actually given Bush an early lead but Meriden hit back thanks to a hat-trick from Daps Joshua and singles from Ryan Hall, Russell North and an own goal.

The mid-table clash between Dynamo Croxley and Woodlands United saw the home side edge a 3-2 win.

James Graham, Aaron Bright, and Barnaby Baxter scored for Croxley with Paul Royle, James Brophy replying for the visitors.

WD Athletic beat Watford Labour Club 2-1.

John Barker had put Labour ahead in the first half, but goals after the interval from Pat Turner and Kasun Jayasinghe secured the three points.

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