WATERLOO BC missed out on a place in the District FA Sunday Challenge Cup final when they lost to Sunday League side Lindley WMC 6-3.
Waterloo have had a rocky time in recent weeks, but they started well in a fairly even opening half hour.
Steve Campbell had a shot well saved by the Lindley keeper, who also saved the follow up, but Lindley had the greater number of chances and many free-kicks.
On 18 minutes Lindley man-of-the-match Brighton Mugadza saw his angle shot thump a post and rebound to safety, and then Courtney Allette lobbed over the Waterloo bar when it was easier to score.
After 25 minutes Mugadza (who was a thorn in Waterloo’s side) beat the offside trap, but he scuffed his shot wide from six yards out.
Waterloo, somewhat against the run of play, opened the scoring on 30 minutes, when Campbell was on target.
Within two minutes Mugadza levelled from a spot-kick, which only just crossed the line after striking a post.
Only three more minutes elapsed when Andy Salm restored Waterloo’s lead with a spectacular strike from the edge of the area.
Again the lead was shortlived, Mugadza equalising when he raced past a defender to shoot across the keeper into the far corner.
With both defences looking shaky it looked likely to be a game full of goals.
In the second half it was 3-2 to Waterloo within a minute of the re-start, when the Lindley keeper failed to hold onto a bouncing ball and Campbell scrambled the ball over the line.
Shortly afterwards Campbell had a fine shot brilliantly saved at point blank range as Waterloo were enjoying a good spell.
However, on 55 minutes, Freddy McGillvary levelled at 3-3 from an unmarked position.
Lindley took control from the hour mark and Graham McLachlan gave his side the lead for the first time with a looping header.
After that it was mostly Lindley and Mugadza made it 5-3 with a second penalty.
Waterloo’s Dave Atkinson had a rare chance at the other end, but his close-range powerful shot, which seemed goalbound, was somehow blocked by a defender and flew over the bar.
Mugadza rounded off the scoring near the end, after he chased a through ball to beat the advancing keeper.
Veteran Chris Green rolled back the years for Lindley with a composed performance at the back.
In Division II, although leaders HD One could muster only a 2-2 draw against Woodfield Park and then lost 5-0 to Britannia, they are still champions as Park are the only side who could finish level at best.
A head-to-head count of previous games between the two sides is in HD One’s favour, so they take the honours after a fine season, subject to ratification by the league committee.
In the Inter-divisional games, probable favourites for the First Division championship, Town Boys, leapt to second place after a 3-0 victory over lowly Wellington, which followed a 6-0 win over a useful Field Head side.
Against Wellington, Majid Khan, Rizwan Safdar and sub Mohammed Iqbal notched for Boys, who had all their normal strikeforce missing.
Field Head succumbed to goals from Damian Murray (2), Zaman Ullah (2), Mohammed Rehlaan and Javid Akhtar.
Black Bull slipped to four in Division I due to their inactivity on Monday after Sunday’s 7-1 win over Barr Street. Britannia went above them following a 6-1 win over Woolpack and the 5-0 success over HD One.
Athletico Monkey are easing away from the foot of the Division I with a 4-1 win against Walpole and a 3-2 win over Helion.
Craven also gave themselves a chance to escape the drop with a 3-2 win over Field Head and a 7-1 thrashing of Woolpack.
Field Head were 2-0 up after 85 minutes, but conceded three late goals from Craven’s Dave McKenzie, Dave Brennan and Shane Kelly.
Dave Brennan (3), Carl Sykes, Tom Hampshire, Gavin Connor and James Firth grabbed the goals against Woolpack.