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HPR were warriors, says Seligman

Nine-man Heaton Park Rovers survived a storming AFC Flixton comeback to book their spot in the semi-finals of the Tony Cohen Cup.

    TONY COHEN CUP QUARTER-FINAL
    HEATON PARK ROVERS 3 AFC FLIXTON RESERVES 3 (HPR won 6-5 on aggregate)

    Nine-man Heaton Park Rovers survived a storming AFC Flixton comeback to book their spot in the semi-finals of the ony Cohen Cup.

    Holding a one-goal advantage from the first-leg, HPR looked to be coasting home thanks to an own goal and a solo strike from Daniel Seligman.

    But Flixton refused to roll over as Daniel Warwick, Yaniv Salem and Ben Frengold turned the tide in their favour.

    HPR then incurred the wrath of referee Allan Black after goal-scorer Seligman and Richard Myers saw red for dissent.

    But with the tie level, Ben Aniss struck with 10 minutes left and HPR held out following a late onslaught.

    HPR now face Leeds Maccabi 2nds in the last four-tie on Sunday and player-boss David Seligman was just relieved to progress.

    He said: "I thought we had tossed the game away. But we nicked a goal through Ben and then threw our bodies on the line.

    "We were warriors out there to protect our lead. All I can say about the red cards is that they were laughable decisions.

    "I won't defend my players if they have done wrong, But they just fell victims to some crazy decisions as the referee lost the plot."

    Report by Darren Witcoop

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