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FA Cup semi-final dates pushed back

The FA Cup semi-finals will be played just two weeks before the season-ending final on April 14, after the Bermuda Football Association pushed back the semifinal dates to accommodate the quarter-final tie between BAA and St David’s.

St David’s were awarded victory in their first-round match against Southampton Rangers, which they lost on January 20, but won on appeal after Rangers introduced a substitute, Najiyah Raynor, who was not initially listed on their team sheet.

However, another twist saw Rangers successful in having the match rescheduled on appeal, only for St David’s to inform the BFA they would not be playing the match on February 13, instead taking the match to arbitration.

It was through the arbitration process that St David’s were finally declared the winners, with BAA waiting patiently through it all to find out who their quarter-final opponents would be.

The BFA announced this week that St David’s will now be their opponents, with the match to take place next Wednesday at Goose Gosling Field at 9pm.

The semi-finals, scheduled originally for March 13 and 14, have now been put back to March 30 and March 31.

Robin Hood, Dandy Town and X-Roads are already through to the semi-finals, with BAA and St David’s battling for the remaining spot.

Hood, the holders, will meet Boulevard tomorrow night at Goose Gosling Field at 9pm in their rescheduled league match from February 23.

Hood, who lost to leaders PHC Zebras on Sunday, must win if they are to close the nine-point gap at the top of the Premier Division.

Two rescheduled First Division matches will involve Young Men’s Social Club playing Flanagan’s Onions on March 20 and Hamilton Parish playing Onions on March 27, both at Goose Gosling Field at 9pm.

Somerset Eagles clinched the first promotion spot on Sunday and Southampton Rangers will join them if they take a point from Onions this weekend.

Rangers were the First Division leaders for most of the season before their first loss of the campaign to Vasco da Gama on Sunday knocked them off first place and denied their promotion celebrations for at least one more game.