THERE will be no hat trick of wins for Huddersfield Irish Centre in the Huddersfield and District FA Sunday Challenge Cup.
They were beaten by fellow top Sunday League side Golcar Con 6-2 in the semi-finals at Barr Street.
It was an entertaining game and, while Irish Centre were favourites, they were humbled on this occasion.
Irish started reasonably well and on 15 minutes Adam Bell fired them into the lead. For most of the first half, Irish were not at their fluent best, but they went further ahead when Matthew Jaggar netted just before half-time.
Whatever was said to the Golcar side during the break certainly motivated them as with only five minutes gone in the second period Martin Allison’s header reduced the deficit to 2-1.
Then in the space of just one minute, with only 15 minutes of the half gone, Golcar struck twice through Tom McCreadie and Chris Cornelly to turn the game on its head.
Golcar continued to dominate with Irish attacking only spasmodically, and Golcar grabbed another two in the space of five minutes through Malcolm Allison (both from the spot).
Then with just over five minutes to go, McCreadie broke through and sealed the win, although with hardly any time left Ashley Flynn’s woeful penalty miss summed up Irish’s awful day.
Golcar now face the winners of tomorrow’s semi-final between Lindley WMC and Towngate when the final is staged at Marsden on Sunday, May 2.
There could possibly be a new name on the trophy, while Lindley did win it back in 1975.
In Division I, Marsh Lib continued their unbeaten run as they saw off the pointless side Leeds Road Wanderers 8-0.
Hat-trick king Nathan Inman added yet another one to his list and Andy Hirst, Garry Robinson, Ben Roys, Phil Bates and substitute Mark Donnelly completed the rout.
Lindley WMC must still have been suffering a hangover after their Rollinson Cup semi-final defeat as they slipped to their first league defeat to underdogs Kirkheaton 4-3.
Brighton Mugadza’s brace did not help Lindley’s cause as Daniel Cooke, Marcus Burton, Stewart Walker and Andrew Turner were all on target for the winners.
With Lindley’s defeat, Rose and Crown took advantage to go top as they beat Wellington Westgate 5-2.
Lindley will be hoping for much better fortune tomorrow in that cup semi against Towngate.