DANNY WALKER was the hat trick hero as Britannia Sports hit plucky Black Bull for six in the Get Smart Insurance Kirklees Challenge Cup final at the Welfare Ground.
In the first half Britannia had the edge in possession and chances, and Ben Clayton-Smith in goal for Britannia coped well with Black Bull’s isolated opportunities.
Britannia, second in Division I, signalled their intentions early on when Ryan Lach had a powerful shot which grazed over the bar.
Then, on 31 minutes, man-of-the-match Walker fired Britannia ahead, scoring from close range after good work down the right by skilful Doran Jordan who provided the cross which was flicked on in the six-yard box.
Jordan then got on the scoresheet on 35 minutes after jinking through the centre of the Bull defence and slipped the ball beyond Bull goalkeeper Jordan Robinson.
Bull started the second half brightly and Clayton-Smith needed to tip a goalbound shot over the bar.
However a good attack prompted by Kieran Lenihan for Britannia resulted in a corner and Walker headed home for a 3-0 lead.
A few minutes later Lenihan thought he had scored when he hit a low drive into the net but the attempt was ruled out for offside despite the players who had been pulled up appearing not to be interfering with play. Britannia’s Jordan should have added a fourth when well placed but they didn’t have long to wait when colleague Ryan Lach made it 4-0 on 60 minutes.
And worse was to follow for Bull, fifth in the seven-team Division I, two minutes later when they were reduced to 10-men after David Gill was sent off.
Alex Pearson made it 5-0 on 76 minutes before Walker converted a disputed penalty a minute later to complete his hat trick and seal Britannia’s first Challenge Cup victory.