LOSTOCK Gralam’s bid for a first Cheshire FA Amateur Cup in more than half a century ended in semi-final heartbreak on Saturday.

The Grey Lambs, who last won the trophy back in 1968, were beaten at home in the last four by Birkenhead outfit Mersey Royal, who left the Park Stadium with a 3-2 victory.

They will face Stockport Georgians for the trophy, while Lostock are left to focus on league matters.

All of the action came in an entertaining first half which included five goals and two penalties, one of which was saved.

After falling behind early, the hosts had a golden chance to equalise when Myles Wady was hacked down inside the area.

The referee awarded a penalty, which Brad West converted to restore parity in the 15th minute.

Just seven minutes later, however, Mersey Royal retook the lead as they took advantage of some indecision in the home defence.

Liam Collins grabbed the Grey Lambs’ second equaliser but the visitors edged back in front and just before the break, they had the chance to extend their advantage when they were awarded a penalty.

Lostock keeper Jack Burton saved the spot-kick, but the hosts could not force a third leveller.

They return to Cheshire Football League Premier Division action with a trip to Daten on Saturday.