A MAN-OF-THE-MATCH display from former Pickering Town favourite Paddy Mancrief was not enough to win Newlands Park a place in the Scarborough & District FA Harbour Cup final.

Park lost 3-2 in a superb semi-final at West Pier.

Dean Exley fired Newlands ahead after 15 minutes with a well-struck shot after cutting inside from the left, but Pier equalised on the half-hour mark with a Neil Thomas penalty, and, five minutes later, he scored a second goal to put Pier ahead. Will Jenkinson made it 3-1 on the stroke of half-time.

The second half flowed from end to end, and, seven minutes from time, a second Exley goal brought Newlands back into the game.

Deep into stoppage time, Newlands thought they had levelled when Ben Lunley went on an amazing run but his shot bobbled just wide.

Pier’s man of the match was Ronnie Lamb in midfield, Steve Sheader also impressiving.

Ayton beat local rivals Cayton Corinthians 4-3 after extra time in another semi-final thriller.

Cayton went two up through Neil Fryiers and Michael Dennis but a spirited fight-back, after bringing on their three substitutes, saw Ayton level through Daz Hastie and Howard Carter.

Ayton then went 4-2 up in extra times through Chris Stubbing – the hosts’ man of the match after coming on in the 55th minute – and Carter, before Matty Oxtoby halved the deficit as Cayton came storming back near the end. Neil Fryiers was Cayton’s top performer.

The final will be on Monday, May 9, at Bridlington Town’s Queensgate ground.

The Scarborough & District FA District Cup final between Edgehill and Eastfield St James will be on Wednesday, May 4, at Bridlington, while the Junior Cup final, between Kirkbymoorside Reserves and Whitby Fishermen’s Society, will be played on Monday, May 2, at Thornton-le-Dale (6.30pm), and the Senior Minor Cup final, between Duncombe Park and Cayton Corinthians, will be on Tuesday, May 3, also at Thornton-le-Dale (6.30pm).