HEYWOOD Irish Club managed to get up-to-date in the West Riding FA’s Sunday Cup as they took on Heavy Woollen League side Towngate in the quarter-final at Leeds Road playing fields.
Towngate started the brighter and on 15 minutes Kevin Ashe in goal for Irish had to make a brilliant save.
The visitors continued to press, but on 29 minutes against the run of play Ashley Flynn burst through and rifled in a superb goal to put Irish ahead.
Towngate’s persistence paid and on the stroke of half-time they equalised following a corner.
In the second half Towngate looked the better side and Irish chances were at a premium until Ashley Flynn struck again and two minutes later Adam Bell settled the tie 3-1 which was rather flattering for Irish who were not at their usual best.
In Division II Golcar Con continued their surge for promotion as they secured an emphatic 8-1 win over fourth-placed Thornhill Arms, thanks to a brace each for Tom McCreadie and Gary Hirst, plus Paul Swallow, Carl Aitken, Antony Beever and Andrew Allison. The only reply coming from Nathan Dennis.
In the Inter-divisional matches Kirkheaton Lib came back down to earth with a bump as they took on second-placed Division I side Team Forward.
Michael Fill netted five times along with Keiran Ryan, Dwayne Willie, Paul Pyke and an own goal in a 9-0 scoreline.
Kirkheaton have now conceded 108 goals.
Basement Division I side Wellington Westgate again failed to beat a Division II side and were only able to draw with lowly Rope Walk 2-2. Gareth Bradley and Matthew Burger were on target for Wellington and Damien Lickess and Simpson for Rope Walk.
Marsh Lib got back to winning ways and found their scoring power against lowly Division II Heywood IC second string.
Back-from-injury Juldeep Kaler (2), Andy Hirst, new signing Chris Buck and Richard Dyson gave Lib the comfortable 5-0 victory.
Division II leaders Lindley WMC do not seem to fear Division I opposition as they have already beaten three of the sides and against Division I leaders Cricketers Arms they did it again.
Lindley went into a 3-0 lead with Cricketers making their normal slow start but just before half-time Richard Hirst – getting injured in the process – got one back for Cricketers.
Then during the second-half Cricketers, although they had a player sent off, got back to 2-3 with an Aaron Kirk penalty, but Lindley made it 4-2 with the last kick of the game, their scorers being Brighton Mugadza (2), Marcus Mitchell and Marlon Adams.