Peterlee Sunday League: Cup final dazzler Davies hurries up Harry’s

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THORNLEY Harry’s Bar lifted the Cyril Dunn Memorial Cup – the league’s first silverware of the season – with a 2-1 final win over Easington Welfare.

John Davies gave Thornley an interval lead, but Welfare impressed on the restart and deservedly levelled with a strike from sub Ian Rickaby.

Peterlee Helford United and Wingate will meet in the Premier Division League Cup final after both secured comfortable semi-final successes

But Harry’s Bar finished the stronger side, with Davies beating man-of-the-match keeper Kieran Laws for the winner.

Peterlee Helford United and Wingate will meet in the Premier Division League Cup final after both secured comfortable semi-final successes.

Gary Shaw’s hat-trick, plus goals from Michael Cain and Daryl Evans, steered Helford home 5-0 against Horden CW Supporters Club, while Dean Fox’s brilliant hat-trick helped Wingate defeat Easington CIU 3-1, with sub Sean McAndrew replying.

Horden Comrades have been relegated from the Premier Division, following their 5-0 drubbing at Seaham Island Club – a huge disappointment after successive title triumphs.

Paul Atkinson (2), Andrew Beer, Dave Gill and sub John Mitchell guided Island to their convincing victory.

The other relegation place looks between Easington Lane WMC and Peterlee Catholic Club, who are level on 14 points. Catholic crucially have two extra games to play.

Lane had Stephen Francis and Kyle Scott to thank for a hard-earned 2-2 draw against fourth-placed Seaham The George, who had Tom and Stephen Hobkirk on target.

Peterlee Catholic Club suffered a 4-2 defeat to Murton Park View, with Alan Smith and Michael Todd replying to strikes from Stephen Turner (2), Josh Kettle and Paul Milner.

In the First Division, there was no change as the top four clubs all won.

Leaders Easington Southside had little difficulty in adding another three points to their tally after hammering FC Easington 6-2, with Darren Massam’s brace backed by goals from Matt Billyard, Michael Fox, Kieran Purvis and Paul Elliott.

Second-top Easington Welfare shrugged off their Friday night cup final defeat to beat Hetton Social 2-0, courtesy of Anthony Cowie and Josh Lincoln.

A hat-trick from Kyle Middleton, John Davies’s brace and goals from Dave and Shaun Jackson, Gary O’Neill, and sub Ashley Dunning saw Thornley Harry’s Bar hammer Peterlee Central Club 9-0 to stay third.

South Hetton Cricket Club, with goals from Matthew Johnson, Joe Laundon and Phil Quinn, stayed fourth after a comfortable 3-1 win against Wingate Grange, with Simon Hall replying.

Shotton Comrades, with games over their rivals, are closing in on the top four. They outgunned Murton New Hesledon 4-1, with Lee Buck, Brett Carr, Chris James and Lee Smith scoring. Carl Thomas hit Hesledon’s consolation.

Strikes from Thomas Bott and Rhys Williams only earned Easington HMS Victory a 2-2 draw against Seaham Phoenix, who had Adam Wallace and Matthew Mustard on target.

Second Division title favourites Shotton Builders Warehouse edged home 1-0 against closest rivals Wingate Plough Inn, with Bradley Beeston’s crucial goal extending gap at the top to 13 points.

Paul Wilkinson (2) and Brian Harrison earned Trimdon Colliery Royal Albion a 3-1 victory over Hetton Fox and Hounds, with Karl Powney responding. Keeper Michael Smith starred fir Hetton.

Acre Rigg Celtic thanked two-goal Scott Jackson and Chris Anderson for a 3-1 win over Peterlee Hearts as they moved fourth. Dave Kember fired Hearts’ consolation.