HEYWOOD Irish Centre will host Liverpool-based Paddock FC in the second round of the FA Carlsberg Sunday Cup after a 3-1 victory against Sandstone, who had three men sent off.
Goals by Nick Jaggar, Ashley Flynn (from the penalty spot) and John Paul Flynn clinched the tie for Heywoods at Laund Hill.
Delighted manager Chris Helliwell said: “This was a very competent side we played, who could have perhaps caused us more problems if they had kept their full complement of players.
“But, despite this, the boys prepared very well, kept their collective heads and recorded a well deserved (and another famous) victory in the competition.”
He added: “I’d like to thank Huddersfield YMCA for being brilliant hosts and we now look forward to the second round with relish.
“We can expect an even tougher tie from Paddock who play in the Premier Division of the Liverpool and District Sunday League. They were beaten in last year’s third round by eventual champions Coundon, so this will be a great chance for us to pull something even better out of the bag.”
After a solid start Sandstone began to crumble when Liam Flett, who had been booked during early exchanges, received a second booking and was sent off.
This spurred the home side and Ashley Flynn went close but 10-man Sandstone still caused Heywood problems with some slick passing.
JC Higgins and Chris Keady held firm at the back but Higgins had to be at his best to deny Sandstone’s Lawrence Jenkins a one-on-one chance with the goalkeeper.
But Irish hit back and on 34 minutes Matthew Tattersley broke free down the right and his deep cross was headed home by Jaggar.
Then, in first half stoppage time, Sandstone’s Thomas Doolan misjudged a long ball by James Waller which allowed Darren Henighan to pounce, but he was fouled by keeper Steven Price and JP Flynn converted the penalty.
Standstone, who won promotion to the top flight of their League last season, pulled a goal back on 51 minutes when Jenkins, who was a persistent problem throughout the game for Irish, surprised the hosts with a smart finish after a swift counter-attack.
The visitors continued to press but the Irish began to gain in confidence and started passing the ball around well.
On 60 minutes a long ball by Quinn picked out Ashley Flynn who beat a defender and forced the keeper to make an excellent save. But the rebound fell kindly to JP Flynn in front of an open goal and he coolly stroked the ball home into the unguarded net.
Indiscipline then spread through a frustrated Sandstone outfit who had two more players sent-off in the closing minutes.
The Huddersfield Sunday League side also reached the second round when they made their debut in the competition last year.