HUDDERSFIELD Irish Centre have set their sights on West Riding Cup success after their FA Carlsberg Sunday Cup hopes were ended by Oyster Martyrs.
The Liverpool side made the most of the home advantage they gained after the tie was switched after two postponements at Emley to seal a 5-3 victory and make the last 16.
The match was tight throughout, with Irish Centre coming back from 3-1 to level the game before Martyrs went back in front with 20 minutes to go.
Their fifth and clinching goal came in the last minute and Irish Centre manager Steve Perrin, pictured, who saw Danny Naidole, Anthony Haigh and Paul Pyke score, said: “We certainly weren’t disgraced.
“Oyster Martyrs are a good side who deserved their win, but the pitch, which was bobbly and very muddy in places, certainly didn’t help us.
“We have a lot of lads who like to get the ball down and play a passing game, but it was hard for them to do that on that surface.”
Experienced Perrin, who is enjoying his first crack at management after a playing career which took in Ossett Albion, Harrogate Town, North Ferriby and Farsley Celtic as well as local king pins Bay Athletic, where he is still involved, added: “We might have lost, but I was pleased with the effort the players put in, and after getting back to 3-3, we had a spell of domination when we created chances.
“Unfortunately, we couldn’t take them, and ended up paying the price.”
Away to Inter Athletic in the Huddersfield FA Cup this Sunday, Irish Centre head for Littletown in the county competition the following weekend, with a fourth-round trip to Ventus United up for grabs.
Perrin, whose side are the Learner Driver Training Centre Huddersfield Sunday League defending champions, continued: “The best we’ve done in the West Riding is making the final, so it would be great to go one better and finally win it.”