HEYWOOD Irish Centre marched through to the final of the Huddersfield and District FA Sunday Challenge Cup after a convincing 6-1 victory over Heavy Woollen League opponents Towngate at Woodfield Park.
Towngate will be sick of the sight of Heywood after they knocked them out of a cup for the second time in three weeks.
Despite Towngate having good spells of pressure in the first half, Heywood went into the break 2-0 up thanks to goals from the prolific Ashley Flynn.
Gareth Williams pulled one back for Towngate early in the second half, but goalkeeping errors cost them a way back into the game when Flynn grabbed two more in quick succession.
Steve Perrin and Tom Brown struck for Heywood to make the final score a flattering 6-1.
Heywood now face the winners of Lindley WMC and Waterloo BC in the final.
In Division II, Thornhill Arms overcame bottom club Kirkheaton Lib 6-3.
Singh and Graley each scored twice for Thornhill, while S Brown and A Brown also notched. Havis, Casson and Clarkson replied.
Heywood IC’s second string battled to a point against Gas Club. Mark Smith and Rehan Hamasalih scored for the winners, while Chris Hinchliffe (Jnr) and Marcus Burton bagged for Gas Club.
There was a surprising result at Jagger Lane in the Inter-divisional Cup where Division I high-fliers Cricketers Arms lost 3-2 to Division II side Rose and Crown.
Goals from Tayo and Walker were not enough for Cricketers, who were replaced at the top of the league by Team Forward after their 5-1 victory at home to Golcar Con. A hat-trick from Paul Pyke added to Michael Fill’s strike and an own goal secured the victory.
The other Division II championship contenders Lindley WMC made hard work of their 3-2 win over Division I’s bottom side Wellington Westgate. Goals from Freddie McGillvary, Brighton Mugadza and Karl Jones made the game safe. Jacob Goodare and Richard Shooter replied for Wellington, who remain bottom of Division II.
The third 3-2 result was at Bradley Park, where lowly Division II side Rope Walk were 3-0 down to third-placed Honley Soc at half-time. There were goals from Lee, Walker and Haigh before Wilson and Williams responded.