NETHERTON were crowned Barlow Cup champions after a dramatic 2-1 extra-time victory over Newsome.
Tom McCreadie steered home a 116th-minute winner to secure a shock but well-deserved win at the Galpharm Stadium after the tie was deadlocked at 1-1 after 90 minutes.
It was Netherton’s third Cup victory after previous successes in 1988 and 1991.
Newsome began the brighter and were denied what looked a stone-wall penalty on 12 minutes when Lyons was hacked down in the penalty area.
However, the District League Division II side battled their way back into the game and took the lead on 29 minutes when Josh Rodgers’ corner found its way to Devlin who lobbed the ball over Newsome goalkeeper Damien Brookes via the underside of the crossbar.
Netherton should have doubled their lead just a minute later when McCreadie beat his marker and delivered a testing cross which Brookes could only parry out to Daniel Smith who ballooned over from eight yards.
Five minutes before half-time Newsome levelled thanks to ex-Boston midfielder Dane Thornton’s looping effort from the left hand corner of the penalty area which seemed to catch out Konyk in the Netherton goal.
In the second period chances were few and far between as both teams seemed reluctant to throw bodies forward in fear of being hit on the counter-attack.
On 78 minutes, Josh Rodgers crossed for this brother Dan, whose header drifted wide of the post.
Then, with time running out, Neil Robshaw headed over from seven yards for Newsome but neither side could conjure up a decisive goal so extra-time ensued.
Newsome had the better of the play in extra-time and nearly netted when goal scorer Thornton turned provider to set up Robshaw who could only head straight at goalkeeper Konyk.
With four minutes of extra-time remaining and penalties looking increasingly likely, tricky left winger McCreadie found space in Newsome’s penalty area to turn and fire past Brookes to spark wild celebrations among the majority of the 415-strong crowd.
Heywood Irish Centre will be aiming to make up for their disappointment in losing the Sunday League’s Rollinson Cup final when they return to Laund Hill YMCA for tomorrow’s Huddersfield District FA Sunday Challenge Cup final against Heavy Woollen League outfit Towngate (11.00).
Heywood Irish Centre: Ashe, M Jagger, Higgins, Keady, Hall, Bradshaw, N Jagger, A Flynn, Hennigan, J P Flynn, Williams, Boothroyd, Bell, Hattersley, Quinn, McLachlan, Waller.
Towngate: Fortis, Simpson (Mo), Gossal, Simpson (Mc), Graham, Clayton D Ryan, L Ryan, S Ryan, Hiscox, Henry, Khan, Taylor, Maturine, McCorison, Conway, Pollard.
Referee: A Dickinson; assistants: B Whitaker, H Young.