Siddal miss out on final date

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Siddal 4

Queens 18

SIDDAL missed out on the chance to contest a Diamond Jubilee weekend showdown with Pennine ARL Premier side Sharlston Rovers in the final of the National Cup following their shock 18-4 defeat by Leeds-based Queens at Chevinedge.

Queens worked hard and looked the hungrier of the two sides in a game played on a heavy pitch and in front of a good sized crowd.

A well drilled, disciplined performance by the North Leeds side saw them open up a 4-0 advantage at the break through two Johnny Milner hit penalties.

Siddal tried to break down the resilient Queens defence with good work from Scott Caley, Shaun Garrod and Danny Williams. Siddal also created chances but the final pass went astray at vital times..

Chris Geoghegan did finally manage to level matters with a 47th minute try, after following up his own kick into the corner, while centre Richard Lopag showed some good touches on his Siddal debut.

Queens edged ahead again after scrum half Liam Thompson’s neat kick into the corner was collected by Omar Alrawi to touch down on 52 minutes.

Siddal worked hard to get back into the game through strong work from forwards Nick Smith, Liam Green and Gareth English only for the strong Queens defence to stay firm.

Alrawi put further daylight between the two sides by scoring a second try on 58 minutes. This was identical to his first after following a Johnny Milner kick into the corner to cross the whitewash. Milner converted from the touchline to edge Queens ahead at 14-4.

Siddal had no answers and the visitors duly booked their place in the final with Milner landing another two penalty goals to give his side a deserved victory.