HEBDEN Royd Red Star powered into the last eight of the Halifax FA Saturday Cup with their second convincing win of the season over AFC Crossleys.
The visitors had stunned Halifax AFL Premier Division leaders Stump Cross in the previous round but Dave Whitehouse’s hosts roared into a three goal lead in the first quarter and never looked back.
Red Star, who had flattened Crossleys 6-0 in the Challenge Cup, will go into Monday’s draw alongside fellow Calder Valley sides Midgley and Calder ‘76.
Midgley had a fine 3-1 win away to fellow AFL Premier Division side Ryburn United while Calder’s home match with Brighouse Town was postponed.
The other teams in the hat are holders Ovenden West Riding, Halifax Irish Club, Brighouse Old Boys, Huddersfield Amateurs and AFL minnows Spring Hall Celtic.
Liam Barrett returned for Red Star but Ryan Thomas was an absentee up front.
They were a goal up inside two minutes as Jordan Dean’s ball over the top was nicely weighted for James Chadwick to run on to and lob the onrushing goalkeeper from just outside the box.
The lead was doubled shortly after as Chris Garbutt ran onto Simon Leah’s pass, shrugged off two defenders and applied a low finish.
Midway through the half Barrett lofted a free kick into the box, Crossleys made a mess of playing offside and Chadwick cushioned the ball back for Leah to knock into an empty net.
Another Barrett cross inflicted further damage, his deep delivery being headed back across goal by Dean for centre half Matthew Oddy to prod home.
In the second half Leah fired over but an excellent move down the left involving Dean and Leah enabled Garbutt to hit an upright with a glancing header and Eddy Harvey to tap home the rebound.
Leah made it six, drilling a low finish beyond the ‘keeper following a lofted ball from Chadwick, but the front man then spurned a chance for his hat-trick by putting a penalty over the bar after Chadwick had been felled.
Barrett’s mistimed clearing header hit his own bar and the relieved defender then supplied a cross for sub Danny Willars to finish the scoring.