TOWN BOYS produced a tremendous performance to defeat Bradford side IMS Celtic 3-0 and book a place in the final of the West Riding County FA Trophy,
They really did the Kirklees Sunday League proud with a sterling show at Woodlesford, and now wait to see who their final opponents will be at the same venue on Friday April 24 – they play the winners of Wykebeck Arms and East Leeds (Combination).
Faisal Rasool went close for Boys early in the game, but the Celtic keeper just beat him to the ball to clear.
However, man-of-the-match Farooq Hussain, who ran the midfield, broke the deadlock on nine minutes, when he beat the offside trap chasing a good through ball and coolly dispatched his shot past the keeper.
Town then sat back somewhat and allowed IMS into the game, although their efforts close to goal were either thwarted by solid defending or good goalkeeping, highlighted on 20 minutes when a 30-yard thunderous free-kick looked to be dipping under the bar, but was brilliantly tipped over by Richard King.
The game went to and fro and Hussain made a pacy wide run and cross for Rizwan Safdar to see his shot well blocked, before Rasool thumped the rebound goalwards, only to see his shot desperately cleared.
IMS then pressed hard, but King tipped a goalbound effort over the bar, when under pressure from a cross, and then a Celtic attacker blazed a shot over from six yards out.
Town fluffed an early second-half chance and then Rasool had a shot well saved, following a great run and cross by winger Les Shade.
But Hussain then calmed their nerves and made it 2-0 with a powerful 25-yard free kick.
Substitute Yassar Ali then made it 3-0 with a looping header after good work by Shade, to give a fair reflection of Boys’ overall domination.
In the Get Smart Insurance Challenge Cup quarter-final, Ryan Lach hit a double and Doran Jordan the other as Britannia Sports beat Helion 3-2.
Lach opened the scoring on 10 minutes in a close match at Lindley Rec, but Helion replied with a penalty converted by Jordan Ellis.
Then, on the half-hour, Michael Hall was brought down in the area to gain a further penalty for Helion and, again, Ellis converted.
With the game heading towards half-time, Helion were reduced to 10 men having a player sent off for violent conduct. The second half was just as close, however, but Britannia gained some momentum and Jordan equalised before Lach grabbed the winner.
In the league, Craven beat Waterloo BC 5-1.
Sean Gant opened the scoring for Craven before Dave Akinson equalised from the penalty spot.
Just after the re-start Dave Brennan put Cravens back in front and they scored further goals through Jim Hamby, Butters and Martin Milner.