Sunderland Sunday League: Busta makes the difference in Farringdon derby semi-final
Farringdon ISL will meet Premier rivals RCA Grangetown Florists in the Joe Holborn Memorial Cup after both secured 4-2 semi-final successes.
Top-flight front-runners Farringdon ISL had just enough to get past Farringdon Detached in their hard-fought derby showdown.
David “Busta” Paul was at his best and grabbed a hat-trick to see ISL on their way. The goal of the game came from young Davey Stevens, who hit an unstoppable free-kick high into the net for Detached.
Alex McDonald doubled his side’s tally, but the Premier side made sure of the win when Kieran Whitehead scored their fourth.
In the other tie, RCA Grangetown Florists beat struggling Myers 4-2.
Dugdale and Golightly hit Myers’ goals, but RCA were too strong and David Rush, Adam Storey and an Andy Place double sealed the win.
Super Kev Gordon was back among the goals for Hylton Castle TWR Bifold Doors, firing home a hat-trick to claim all three points to keep them in the hunt for the Premier Division title.
Southwick did hold their own for a while, but TWR were too strong. Dobinson shone throughout for Southwick, while Stokell scored their consolation.
TWR are third, 14 points behind leaders Farringdon ISL with three games in hand.
Silksworth Paragon secured another hard-fought win, 4-3 away to SR Dons, to reach the dizzy heights of second place.
McCabe hit a double followed by goals from Prater and Lewis Herron. The Dons had David Hall and Liam Hall hitting a brace but they couldn’t do no more and Paragon ran out winners
Peter Greenwell was the toast of Thorney Close Inn after his fantastic hat-trick got his side on their way to an easy 7-3 victory over basement boys Pennywell Comrades in Division One.
Craig Collins and Micky Patterson’s double increased the lead before Pennywell hit back with goals from Thomas Kelly and Ralph Dodd (2). Keeper Kyle Milley got up to hit Thorney’s final goal.
Redhouse Last Orders are still sitting pretty on top of the table after another win.
The Royal Marine were the latest to drop points against them, succumbing to a 3-1 defeat.
Stokoe, Moon and Adam Sloanes hit the important goals for Redhouse, while Josh McGill bagged the visitors’ only reply.
It looks neck and neck with the top two after another win for O’Brien Waste Recycling kept them in touch with Redhouse Last Orders – level on points, with a game in hand, and trailing only on goal difference.
Micky Conlon rolled back the years with a devastating brace to down the Harbour View 2-1. Star man Paul Muir replied.
The Willow Pond are ready to pounce on the top as they sit in third place after a dominant performance in a 5-1 home victory against Ryhope Top House.
David Hurrell Jnr, King and a hat-trick from Connor Gales did the damage, while Smith replied for Top House