Sunderland side reach FA Sunday Cup final

Full-time: Humbledon Plains Farm 4 Hundred Acre 2 (after extra-time)

SUNDERLAND'S Humbledon Plains Farm have reached the final of the FA Carlsberg Sunday Cup after a tense and hugely entertaining victory over Birmingham's Hundred Acre at Victoria Park.

Plains Farm, looking to win the competition won by Hetton Lyons in 2012, took control of the semi-final with two goals inside the opening 26 minutes but let things slip late on.

Hundred Acre, of the Festival League in the Midlands, pulled things level with two goals in the closing stages, including an incredible lob from striker Richard Gregory from just inside the Farm half.

But the Sunderland Sunday League side bounced back and danger-man Christopher Winn grabbed an extra-time double to send Plains Farm through to the final on April 27.

Things started brilliantly for Plains Farm. After striker Mark Davison had hit the bar with a near post header, the they got the breakthrough from the spot in the 21st minute.

Some lovely wing play from Ashley Davis ended with a nice pass through to Winn. His first touch took him away from defender Joe Lyng, whose attempt to tackle led to a trip.

Michael Coghlan, the North-East club's captain, stroked in the penalty with precision to send goalkeeper Lewis Gwilliam the wrong way.

The second goal arrived just four minutes later. Striker Davison chested down a cross in to the area before volleying powerfully high in to the net of Gwilliam.

Hundred Acre tried to find a way back in to it and goalkeeper Neal Atkinson had to be alert to deny a header from Gregory following a deep cross from Charisma Agbonlahor, the brother of Aston Villa forward Gabby.

Atkinson denied Gregory again in the second half when the forward rounded full-back Jamie Marshall before trying to curl beyond the goalkeeper.

And moments after substitute David Franklin hit the crossbar from distance, he volleyed Hundred Acre back in to it with a brilliant finish from a difficult angle with ten minutes remaining.

But that had nothing on Gregory's equaliser. Spotting Atkinson off his line, the striker somehow struck incredibly over the back-pedalling goalkeeper to force the game to extra-time.

At that stage Plains Farm looked tired, yet somehow they found another gear to find two further goals in extra-time through Winn to seal a final spot.

Humbledon Plains Farm (4-4-2): Atkinson; Marshall (Kane 90), Wardle, Croft, McGuiness; Fairley, Johnson, Coghlan, Davis; Davison (O'Neill 77), Winn. Subs (not used): Shields, Fryatt, Rookes.

Hundred Acre (4-2-3-1): Gwilliam; Gonzales, Lyng (Lowe 51), Jackson, Male; Stuart, Woakes; Agbonlahor, Gregory, Hughes (Capaldi 70); Ward (Franklin 63). Subs (not used): Rencher, Bushell.

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