THORNHILL LEES clinched the Brook Butler Cup in emphatic fashion, soundly beating Millbridge WMC 4-0 in the final on Sunday.
The HEAVY WOOLLEN SUNDAY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION title contenders overpowered their divisional rivals to claim the trophy on Sunday.
However, Thornhill Lees fell at the last hurdle in their challenge for the title, losing 6-1 at Towngate.
The long-awaited title decider was seen as a likely win for the high-flying Lees side, but their fifth-placed rivals were having none of it and were in free-scoring mood as they denied Thornhill, who finished third.
The loss means that Birkenshaw have hung on to the Premier title, having lost only three games all season.
In an added twist Birkenshaw moved top of the table when they were awarded their game against Towngate.
On January 19, Towngate were under County suspension for non-payment of fines and were therefore unable to play their league game against Birkenshaw.
The league management committee decided that the game should be awarded to Birkenshaw – after much debate and deliberation the decision was upheld and ‘Shaw moved top.
The title marks a historic moment for Birkenshaw as it is their first Premier Division title since 2004.
They faced a nervous wait for confirmation as champions after completing their Heavy Woollen Sunday League programme with a defeat to second-placed St John Fisher back in April.