Halifax Hammers 4 Beehive & Cross Keys 0
Halifax Hammers put last year’s disappointment behind them as they lifted the Eddie Hebblethwaite Halifax FA Sunday Cup at the expense of Beehive & Cross Keys.
Hammers got off to a flying start as within a minute a corner was played in to the danger area. It was dummied by skipper Yasser Mohammed with Irfan Afzal hitting crisp shot to give the Premier Division side the lead.
Beehive, who were the first Division Two side to reach the showpiece final, won a series of corners and were unlucky not to score with Namaan Sarwar forced into making some fine saves.
Beehive also hit the post before they fell victim to a sucker-punch after 36 minutes when Kashif Akmal robbed a defender and raced through before coolly making it 2-0.
Beehive hit the post again before the break as they showed great battling spirit.
Hammers upped their game after the break and on 62 minutes they were awarded a free kick in the centre circle.
Irfan Afzal put a delightful ball into the danger area and Mohammed Ozair scored the goal of the game with an overhead kick from 25 yards to start the celebrations.
Hammers kept their discipline knowing that the game was won and played good one touch football.
They wrapped up the scoring through Terriq Pervez’s excellent finish after he had raced clear.
Hammers had further chances to score while Beehive kept pushing forward but continued to be kept out by Namaan Sarwar’s heroics.
Hammers were awarded a late penalty after 16 year old Awais Khan was brought down in the area. Ahsan Farooq took the spot kick but saw his weak effort saved.
Beehive kept pressing and were unlucky to see yet another effort hit the post.
Just before the end the underdogs were also awarded a penalty but Namaan Sarwar saved to keep his clean sheet.