A CUP thriller brought down the curtain on another successful Beacon Sunday league campaign, writes Dave McLean.

This year's final of the Wilkes Tranter Chell Cup, at AFC Wulfrunians ground, saw eventual winners Kurdish United and Coseley based Beacon Lions serve up a real treat, a game that was a great advert for the amateur game.

Skill, pace and sheer commitment from both sides left the outcome in doubt until the final whistle as Kurdish secured a dramatic extra time 3-2 triumph in what is their debut Beacon season.

United came from behind twice to force an extra 30 minutes and in the end deny battling Lions who had been eight minutes away from glory in normal time.

On the league front these Redbox Signmakers Championship rivals had shared the spoils with a win apiece and first blood in the final went to the Lions as Jason Wood fired them ahead on 24 minutes.

Back came Kurdish and Sarkar Ahmadi got behind the Lions defence and cut the ball back for Sarhang Rawf to draw United level with 35 minutes gone.

After Lions keeper Lee Wood palmed away a long range effort from the tireless Anjam Ahmadi it was Anton Rickards who restored the Lions lead with a fine strike on the turn on 69 minutes.

Kurdish hit back but the Lions defence remained strong, until a blatant push in the box on a United player earned the former an 82 minute penalty and Hamza Namuq levelled from the spot to set up extra time.

It was in the second period of those extra minutes that Sarkar Ahmadi grabbed the all important winner, much to the delight of a large United following.

On the Redbox Signmakers Beacon Championship scene, Gornal based Fiveways Inn missed out on a top three finish after being held to a 2-2 draw by basement side Cannock United.