Whinney Hill pull off big cup shock

First published in Sport

Division Two side Whinney Hill caused an upset to reach the final of the Greenbank Motor Company East Lancashire Football League President’s Cup Final by beating Division One side Read United 4-2 after extra time.

The strong wind blowing across the Heys Sports Complex at Oswaldtwistle, made it a true game of two halves as conditions dictated play.

Whinney Hill had the advantage of the wind in the first half and led 2-0 at the break.

The second half belonged to Read who after pulling a goal back then struggled to grab the equaliser.

A combination of some resolute Whinney Hill defending, poor finishing and bad luck began to frustrate Read.

However, the equaliser came with five minutes of the game left forcing the game into extra time.

After 15 minutes the score was still level but Whinney Hill, again with the wind behind them, scored twice in the space of a few minutes to take them into the final.

They now await the winners of next week’s second semi-final at Whinney Hill between the top two sides in Division One, The Ivy and Burnley Athletic.

In league action Rimington went to the top of the table - but the destination of the silverware is in the hands of The Ivy.

Rimington breezed to a 3-0 win over Enfield to move two points clear at the summit but The Ivy, who have three games in hand, were inactive on Saturday.

Mill Hill enjoyed a 4-0 at Worsthorne, while Oswaldtwistle St Mary’s beat Stacksteads SJ 2-0.

But the game of the day came up at Marsden Heights as Rock Rovers and Langho put on a real spectacle.

As the goals flowed freely, Rock ran out 6-3 winners.

Barnoldswick Town United upset the Second Division title hopes of Prairie United with a 3-2 win, while Burnley Belvedere ran out 3-0 winners over Canberra at Holden Road.

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