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Glynn Beale blasts four to seal final berth for Lyceum
Buy this photo » Lyceum's Jack Barker is in danger of suffering a nasty injury at the hands of Aire Athletic's Tom Thickett
Glynn Beale scored four times as Lyceum got the better of Aire Athletic in the Bradford Sunday Alliance League Amateur Cup semi-finals.
Lyceum twice fell behind in their clash with Aire at Rawdon Meadow before emerging 7-4 winners.
Athletic took an early lead with a powerful finish from Michael Malyon but the advantage was shortlived as they gave away a free-kick on the edge of the box and Beale converted.
Aire restored their lead through Chris Hawker after a good build-up but the turning point came on 25 minutes as Beale had his heels clipped in the area by Adam Jeffrey and, as last man, he was sent off.
The resulting penalty was converted by Lakvinder Singh and Lyceum made it 3-2 just before half-time with Beale’s second goal of the match.
The second half saw Lyceum make their extra man count as two further Beale goals, plus others from Jack Barker and Mark Beal, made the game safe.
Yet Aire did not give up and Malyon doubled his tally with a run from his own half and rounding the keeper to finish from a tight angle, before completing his hat-trick to no avail. The other semi-final saw Junction edge out Thornton United Reserves 3-2 – after having their keeper sent off in the 35th minute when he fouled an opposing forward as the last defender.
Liam Stewart (2) and Karl Emmett scored the goals that booked the Wyke team’s passage, with Nicki Thornton and Stephen Wilkinson replying.