HEYWOOD IRISH CENTRE booked their place in the final of the Sunday FA Challenge Cup with a 7-3 victory over Athletico Monkey.
In a tightly-contested semi-final played at Huddersfield FA headquarters, Barr Street, the Sunday League Division I outfit eventually proved too strong for their Kirklees League counterparts.
Irish took the lead on 20 minutes through Lee Bradshaw but Monkey hit back almost immediately when Dean Siddiq tapped home after Ben Dobson’s strike rebounded off the woodwork.
The Kirklees Sunday League Division I league leaders completed the turnaround on 35 minutes when Siddiq converted a penalty after being fouled in the area.
However, Monkey’s lead was shortlived as John Paul Flynn fed Ashley Flynn to draw Irish level.
On the stroke of half-time Monkey led again after poor defending allowed Danny Ryan to slot home.
Below par Irish burst out of the traps at the beginning of the second-half and netted twice in quick succession to turn the tie on its head.
Adam Bell’s equaliser was quickly followed up by John Higgins’ bullet header to fire Irish in-front.
Aided by a wicked deflection John Paul Flynn bagged his second of the game to hand Irish a two-goal cushion.
In the closing stages Bell netted a quick-fire double to complete his hat trick and secure victory for his side.
In Division I Walkers Arms recorded a 4-2 win over basement outfit Walpole Community.
Richard Metcalfe and Andrew Biggs bagged a brace each to ensure victory.
In Division II’s big top-of-the-table clash Cricketers Arms came from behind to beat Helion 4-1. Victory ensured second-placed Cricketers maintained their unbeaten record and kept in touch with the league leaders.
The visitors took the lead on five minutes through Adam Stephenson but a 30-yard strike by Paul Wood brought Cricketers level.
Jamie Miller completed the turnaround before half-time before further goals from Nathan Taylor and Richard Hirst sealed the three points.
Cricketers closed the gap on the leaders to 12 points and have four games in hand over Helion.
Honley Socialist recorded a comfortable 4-0 victory away at basement side Heywood Irish Centre Sunday Reserves.
Honley’s goals were scored by Simon Martin (2), Dean Walker and Nikki Lee.
Rose and Crown won 4-3 against Gas Club while Wellington romped to an 8-1 victory over White Horse.