FC Bowling Green and holders Carrington FC will contest this season’s Eddie Hebblethwaite Halifax FA Sunday Cup final after both came through extra time in their games against Elland Sports and Thornhill Briggs respectively.
Green player-boss Dan Taylor admitted his side’s 4-3 success over Elland was not a classic, but both teams gave their all with the outcome only decided in the closing minutes.
Tom Holroyde put Green ahead early doors but poor marking from a free kick allowed Mark Heppenstall to head across goal for James Greenwood to tap in the equaliser.
Jonny Collins restored Green’s lead from a free kick but Elland struck back again before the break with Jacob Driver hammering home a free kick from the edge of the box.
Both sides had chances in the early stages of the second half before Elland hit the front for the first and only time, Driver firing in an even better free-kick than his first.
It took a bit of magic from Ben Helliwell to force extra time. He played a neat one-two with Matty Hoyle before beating a couple of players and firing in past Craig Taylor.
Green ‘keeper Paul Barker was called on to make a couple of saves before, with two minutes to go, Joe Swallow delivered a free kick into the box where Hoyle headed against the underside of the bar and the ball bounced down over the line for the winner.
Carrington had to overcome an impressive Thornhill Briggs side who will count themselves unlucky after twice leading in normal time.
The Division One side took the lead with a powerful header from a corner. Carrington hit back before the break when Dick Hartley scored after some good link up play with Matty Horsfall.
Both sides struggled to create many clear chances in the second half and as time wore on it seemed like the next goal would be the winner. Thornhill Briggs made the breakthrough with 10 minutes remaining but Carrington rescued the situation five minutes later thanks to Damien Randall. Latching on to a loose ball just outside the box his blistering drive found the top corner.
That late equaliser was the catalyst for Carrington to step it up and they took control in extra-time.
Randall put Jordan Coduri through and he rounded the keeper to give Carrington the lead for the first time. Coduri then grabbed a second, a carbon copy of his first, but just when the tie seemed to be won the visitors pegged them back again.
However, Briggs’ hopes were dashed when Coduri completed his hat-trick to seal the win.
Lee Mount arrested a worrying league slump with a 6-3 home success over Premier Division bottom club Mount Tabor.
However, they had to do it the hard way after going two goals down.
Callum Meade made the difference. He netted a hat-trick, which included two fine individual efforts. while also setting up two of Craig Gladwin’s treble as Mount eased home.
Division One leaders Waiters Arms were made to work hard for their narrow 3-2 victory over lowly Royd Club.
Waiters missed some good early opportunities through Lee Wood and Adam Fenton but they made amends when Fenton’s exquisite through ball released Wood who fired home from the edge of the area.
Royd began to play some excellent football and Samuel Taylor fired them level.
The second half saw both teams trying to play good football with Royd Club’s central defensive pairing of Matt Skinner and Kane Broadbent standing firm.
Waiters then had a succession of corners and from a good Dean Park delivery Marco Romano found space to chest the ball down and volley home.
Straight from the kick off Royd Club got a corner of their own which was turned in at the second attempt by the impressive Jamie Coward.
A draw looked on the cards but manger Fenton threw on substitute Billy Grogan who repaid him by curling home a sublime free kick into the top corner.
Halifax Hammers proved too quick on the break for Queens Head as they romped to an 8-0 success.
Queens went close through Kai Hallwood before Terriq Pervez hit the crossbar at the other end.
Queens were attacking but smart defending by Faisal Saghir saw his pinpoint long range pass pick out Wajid Nawaz who raced past the last defender and hit a crisp shot into the top corner.
Hammers maintained the pressure and Chris Woodhouse’s cross from the right was met by Terriq Pervez who scored from close range,
Soon after the restart Queens lost the ball in midfield and another sweeping move ended with Terriq Pervez making it 3-0.
Queens pushed men forward after the break but were kept out by some good defending before good one touch football led to Terriq Pervez completing his hat-trick from a tight angle.
Two minutes laster he grabbed his fourth before Chris Woodhouse made it 6-0.
Substitute Bilal Sheraz made an instant impact, picking out Mohammed Ozair who netted the seventh before his inch perfect cross put Atif Hussain clear on goal and he went round the keeper to complete the scoring.
Bradshaw did their chances of survival no harm with a 7-2 demolition of Old Pond.
Tom Boyle had his shooting boots on as he grabbed a 30 minute hat-trick to put his side in command at the interval.
At the other end Wayne Camplin made two great one on one saves from Paul Meredith while Chris Marsh should have pulled a goal back from Michael Barlow’s cut back the referee adjudged offside.
Pond needed the first goal in the second period, but it was lively youngster Brandon Field who fired Bradshaw four to the good.
Bradshaw manager Andy Riley was delighted with the industrious performance of Jamie Millar - and he got his rewards with two more as Pond looked shell-shocked.
Andy Burton, on debut, provided Marsh with a consolation for Pond, who also benefitted from an own goal as Bradshaw relaxed in defence.
However, Isaac Nichols put the icing on the cake with a belting shot over ‘keeper Lee Williams.
Ryburn United were pushed all the way by a well-organised Hens Face side but had enough in the tank to secure a 5-2 victory which improved their standing at the top of Division Two.
The quality of the finishing proved the deciding factor in the second half with both sides enjoying periods of dominance.
Hens Face took the lead in the first half through a defensive error but Gaz Robertshaw restored parity ahead of the interval.
Ryburn then made their chances count with Alex Coburn netting twice from the spot with Lewis Cockroft and Sean Ling also scoring for the hosts.
Hens Face’s second goal also came from the penalty spot.
Stubbing Wharf suffered a goalkeeping crisis but still managed to hold off Halifax Rangers with a 3-2 win.
Keiran Bannister netted early on for Wharf and it stayed 1-0 until the break.
The interval saw regular custodian Aiden Robertshaw replaced by Mark Turner after which Chris Higgins made it 2-0.
Rangers pulled a goal back but then Wharf were hampered when Turner picked up an injury.
He played on but conceded a second goal after which he came off to be replaced by Kris Archer.
A draw looked on the cards until, with three minutes to go, Aaron Glover popped up with the winner.