A BATTLING display in this 5-3 victory over Warley Greens by Todmorden SC u13s earned them a cup final appearance for the fourth time in five years.
The victory was sweet because it came against the team who had knocked them out at the same stage last season.
The opening goal was scored by Sam Foster who stroked home his 10th of the season from close range.
Benjamin Pearson added two more before the break to give the home side a 3-0 lead.
An own goal early in the second half looked to have secured the tie before the visitors staged a comeback.
They scored two in quick succession before converting a penalty to make it 4-3.
Todmorden were the next to get a penalty when Henry Antemes was felled. Pearson hammered home for his seventh hat-trick of the season and put the tie beyond Warley.
Jack Pearson was outstanding in midfield, ably supported by Christopher Reeder, Jack Denton and substitutre Lewis Porter.
Behind them, the defence of Callum Bailey, Alec Hodkinson, Conor Shapland, Jack Crummett and substitute Charlie Mariani were solid throughout, with goalkeeper Thomas Stansfield putting in his usual faultless performance.
The scoreline - HBS Tigers u13s 12, Halifax Irish u13s 1 - hid what was a tremendously hard working performance by an Irish side only able to field eight players.
They defended bravely against constant pressure and deserved huge credit for reaching half-time only trailing to two well taken goals by Sam Thompson.
After the break Tigers’ passing improved and they quickly increased their lead as Thompson completed his hat trick and Oliver Tinker got his first two goals for the team.
Martin Howard slid one in from a narrow angle for 6 - 0 but Irish continued to compete well.
Only in the last 15 minutes did the floodgates open.
Irish pushed forward to try and get a consolation goal leaving Josh Peterson to exploit an already tired defence and claim four goals.
Irish got their consolation to great applause before Thompson got his fourth and Jacob Whitehead completed the scoring for Tigers.
HEBDEN Saints A AND S u10s were on the back foot from the kick-off against the high-flying Swifts in a 5-0 defeat.
The homeside’s wingers were a constant threat and A and S had to defend several corners before Swifts took the lead with a close-range effort.
Swifts grabbed a second on 10 minutes and could have been out of sight before half-time but for stalwart defending by Jordan Haworth and brave keeping by Xavier Tetteroo-Smith.
There was no respite in the second half as Swifts pressed forward and found the net again before A and S rallied with their best football of the match.
Alexei King linked up nicely with Olivier Tetteroo-Smith and man of the match Oliver Sirmond who started to find space down the right and was twice narrowly denied by the Swifts’ keeper.
But in committing to attack A and S inevitably left gaps at the back and Swifts scored two more on the break to seal an impressive win.
A FANTASTIC team performance saw Tod Borough Blacks u10s secure a 1-1 draw against the runaway league leaders Greetland.
Borough played some great passing football throughout the match and did not allow their opponents a chance to dominate in any way.
The midfield of Hudson, Brown and Pilling took a strong command and spread the play beautifully.
Borough deserved to take a 1-0 lead when Jack Jacques picked up an early goal kick, and immediately passed it to Noah Hudson in space and with time to pass through to Jordan Glover who convincingly opened the scoring.
End to end football saw other opportunities fall to both teams with Nicholas Shaw pulling off great saves for Borough which kept them in the lead until mid-way through the second half when Greetland forced an equaliser.
Opportunities fell to Issitt, Pilling and Gledhill but they either fell just wide or the Greetland defence cleared them.